Baseball wins squeaker over Maryland, 2-0

Feb. 24, 2006

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore LHP Matt Dobbins hurled eight shutout innings while senior RHP James Murdock earned his first save in three years to lead the JU baseball team to a 2-0 win over Maryland, Friday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field.

JU (9-1) won its seventh consecutive game after an RBI single by senior Gordie Gronkowski in the sixth and an RBI single by junior Mike McCallister in the eighth. Maryland (1-6) fell to 0-5 all-time against the Dolphins.

"I like the composure we showed tonight in a tight ball game and we got a great performance from Matt Dobbins," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "It also felt good to see James Murdock out there closing this one out for us."

Dobbins (3-0) earned his team-leading third win after allowing only four hits in a career-high eight innings of work. He also tied a career high with seven strikeouts while walking three batters. Murdock, who had not pitched in game since 2003 due to injury, allowed one infield hit with a walk and a strikeout to close out the ninth. The final out came on a grounder in the hole to left which sophomore Matt Lopez tracked down and hurled a throw to first. Gronkowski stretched from the bag toward right field to grab the final out.

The Dolphins and Terps continue their three-game series at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Alexander Brest Field.