SATURDAY, MARCH 04, 2006
Dolphins rout Western Michigan, 7-0
March 4, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Some timely hitting and rock-solid pitching led the Jacksonville baseball team to its third straight win by knocking off Western Michigan, 7-0, on Saturday night.
Matt Davis, Tim Brown and Justin Young combined to hold the Broncos (4-5) to just four hits in the game while striking out nine. Davis (1-0) got the win by allowing just one hit over three innings while striking out five in a predetermined.
The JU offense was solid as well, pounding out 12 hits while putting up seven runs in the first five innings. Brad Simmons drove in two as three other Dolphins drove in a run apiece.
"For us to come from behind against a good team (in the first game) and to jump out early and hold a lead (in the second game), I couldn't ask for anything better," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Playing 18 innings like this will get us ready for the rigors of conference play over the coming months."
The Dolphins (12-3) opened the scoring with runs in the first and third innings. After opening the inning with a walk, Young scored on a wild pitch from third to put JU on top in the first. Daniel Murphy's single through the right side drove home Pete Clifford in the third to extend the lead to two.
Jacksonville poured it on in the fourth with three runs to go ahead 5-0. Mike McCallister drove in one run and later scored as Simmons drove in two runs on a one-out single to give JU the big lead.
The Dolphins put the game on ice in the fifth with two more to go on top 7-0. Thomas LePage drove in one and later scored on fielding error by Western Michigan's catcher to finish the scoring.
Bryan French (1-1) got the loss for Western Michigan, allowing seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits while striking out six and walking two in six innings of work.
The Dolphins return to action on Friday as they open Atlantic Sun Conference play against Belmont. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.