SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2006
Baseball falls to Maryland, 4-3, in 11 innings
Feb. 26, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior RHP D.J. Ackley hurled eight strong innings and juniors Daniel Murphy and Mike McCallister each finished with multiple hits but Maryland rallied for the second straight day to win the series with a 4-3 11th inning victory, Sunday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (9-3) lost consecutive games for the first time this season after leaving nine runners on base. Maryland (3-6), which stranded 10 runners, answered after every lead the Dolphins took in the contest.
"I'm not happy with the loss but I'm not discouraged," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We did a lot of good things today, but we didn't do the little things like we did earlier in the season."
Brett Cecil (1-1) earned the win after throwing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Junior RHP Justin Young (0-1) was tagged with the loss despite allowing one run (unearned) and one hit in three innings of relief. Ackley got the no-decision after allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with only one walk and six strikeouts. He was pitching on only three days rest due to injuries to the Dolphin staff.
With the game tied, 3-3, in the top of the 11th, the Terps had the bases loaded with two outs against Young. On a 1-1 count, a passed ball allowed Nick Jowers to score the eventual game-winner.
JU took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with McCallister laced an RBI single to center. Junior Pete Clifford drew a walk to lead off the inning and then scored from first on a hit-and-run with McCallister's single.
Maryland tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the fifth inning after an RBI single to center by Wink Nolan.
The Terps took their first lead of the contest, 2-1, in the top of the sixth when Dan Benick scored from second on a single to left by Dan Melvin. Benick should have scored initially on the play but tripped over the bag. As he backtracked, Clifford booted the ball in the left to allow Benick to score. Ackley got out of a bases loaded jam by striking out Mike Murphy to end the inning.
The Terps evened the game, 3-3, when Jowers poked an RBI single to center with runners on first and second.
The Dolphins will host Western Michigan at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Alexander Brest Field.