THURSDAY, MARCH 02, 2006
Baseball beats Western Michigan, 10-4
March 2, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After being stuck on career win No. 499, Jacksonville head baseball coach Terry Alexander knew it was just a matter of time before No. 500 came his way.
The Dolphins (10-3) used a strong offensive attack and a great start from Matt Dobbins to knock Western Michigan (3-3), 10-4, at Alexander Brest Field on Thursday night, giving Alexander his 500th career win.
"It means a lot to me because I've won all of these games at one school," Alexander said. "It's also a tribute to all the guys I've coached over the years who have won these games. To be able to win 500 games in my hometown with my family and friends so close is really special."
The Jacksonville offense pounded out 12 hits, with Mike McCallister doing the most damage. McCallister went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, with all three RBIs coming on his team-leading fifth home run of the season.
Four Dolphins had multiple hits in the game, with Logan James, Pete Clifford and Daniel Murphy joining McCallister with two hits apiece. Clifford led JU with three runs scored while Murphy drove in two runs as well.
The Dolphins also got a stellar outing from left hander Dobbins (4-0). In six innings of work, he held Western Michigan to just two runs on 10 hits while striking out one. Three Dolphins combined to hold the Broncos to just two runs over the final three innings to seal the win.
Jacksonville fell behind in the first after a solo shot by Mark Abro. The Dolphins answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning, courtesy of an error by the Broncos and a two-out single by Thomas LePage.
The Dolphins tacked on a run in the third on a RBI single by Murphy and followed that up with four runs in the fifth to blow the game open and take a 7-2 lead. McCallister three-run homer in the fifth was the big blow in the inning and followed a RBI double by Murphy.
The Dolphins tacked on another run in the sixth as James had a RBI single to lead 8-2.
The Broncos got two in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 8-4, but JU answered with a pair in the bottom half to seal the game, courtesy of Matt Lopez's two-run single.
Derek Schlecker (0-1) got the loss for Western Michigan, giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits in three innings while striking out three.
The Dolphins are back in action again on Saturday with a day-night doubleheader against Western Michigan and Ohio State. First pitch against Ohio State is set for 1 p.m., with the finale against Western Michigan scheduled for 6 p.m.