Dolphins rally to beat Ohio State, 4-3

March 4, 2006

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Don Vickers' bases loaded walk capped a three-run ninth inning rally as Jacksonville topped Ohio State, 4-3, at Alexander Brest Field Saturday afternoon.

The Dolphins (11-3) trailed 3-1 entering the ninth and worked Ohio State closer Rory Meister for four walks and three hits, two of those being RBI hits by Pete Clifford and Gordie Gronkowski.

The inning got off to a bad start for Meister as he walked Young to start the inning. Pete Clifford followed with a double to the gap in left center to drive home Young and cut the lead to one, 3-2.

After Daniel Murphy grounded out to the right side to move Clifford to third, Gronkowski singled through the left side to drive home Clifford and tie the game at three.

With the winning run on first and two outs, after Mike Callister flied out in foul territory, pinch hitter Matt Dobbins walked and the merry-go-round began for the Dolphins.

Lopez ran the count full on Meister before taking ball four to load the bases for Vickers.

Having walked two straight batter and a total of three in the inning, Meister ran the count full again to Vickers. With a near capacity crowd on its feet, Meister went to his curve ball that was high and inside for ball four, sending the JU fans into a frenzy as Gronkowski crossed the plate for the win.

"This is a big win for us and it is something that we can build on," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "D.J. had a great outing today and kept us in the ball game. With the wind blowing in today, it was going to be tough to score runs, but we finally were able to get the ball on the ground a little bit more and it paid off for us."

JU didn't get a baserunner until the fifth and didn't get a runner into scoring position until the seventh.

During that time, Ackley was mowing down the Buckeyes after giving up a run in the first. Ackley pitched eight innings, starting the ninth before getting into trouble, allowing three runs on just three hits while walking one and striking out eight.

Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Justin Young scored on a RBI single by Daniel Murphy to tie the game at one.

In the top of the ninth, Ackley started the inning and got into trouble quickly as the Buckeyes loaded the bases before reliever Aaron Parvey came into the game.

With no outs and the bases jammed, Parvey got a double play that allowed one run by a two out single by Jedidiah Stephen gave the Buckeyes some insurance and a 3-1 lead.

Meister came on in relief of OSU starter Dan DeLucia, who left the game after allowing just one run on five hits while striking out four in eight innings.

Parvey (1-1) got the win for JU, allowing just one hit in one inning of work. Meister (0-1) got the loss for Ohio State.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Saturday as they host Western Michigan. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.