Baseball sweeps the northeast with 7-3 win over Penn State

March 8, 2006

Box Score

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Dolphin bullpen combined their best efforts and freshman LHP Josh Burrows earned his first career win as the JU baseball team completed their sweep of the North East with a 7-3 win over Penn State, Wednesday afternoon at Jack Russell Stadium.

The Dolphins are off to their best start since going 14-3 to start the 1997 season. JU is now 3-0 against northeastern teams with wins over Ohio State, UConn and Penn State.

JU (14-3) got a complete team effort as five Dolphin pitchers held the Nittany Lions to only three runs while seven Dolphins recoded a hit. Penn State (2-9) out hit JU 9-7 but the Nittany Lions didn't help their cause by leaving nine runners on base.

"Our bullpen gets a lot of credit for this win because we knew it was going to be a group effort coming in," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "This allows us to set up our rotation for this weekend as we open up conference."

Burrows (1-0), who made hit first collegiate appearance, earned the win after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts in two innings. Freshman LHP Garrett Dunlap got the no-decision despite allowing only one run on five hits in four innings. Freshman RHP Tim Brown, junior RHP Justin Young and junior RHP D.J. Ackley combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

Sophomore Matt Lopez and freshman Brad Simmons each finished with multiple RBI to lead the Dolphin offense.

David Bumstead (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on three hits in three innings of work.

The Dolphins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second after an RBI bases-loaded walk by sophomore Matt Lopez and a pair of sacrifice flies by freshman Brad Simmons and junior Logan James. JU added another run in the top of the fourth when senior Gordie Gronkowski drove in junior Pete Clifford with a double off the center-field wall.

JU made it 5-0 in the top of the fifth when James scored from second on a pop fly error by Matt Cavagnaro.

Penn State made it 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Lance Thompson hit an RBI single to second base, Cavagnaro scored on a fielder's choice and Thompson scored on a throwing error by James on double-play turn at first base.

The Dolphins increased the lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh after an RBI double by Lopez and an RBI single to right by freshman Brad Simmons.

The Dolphins open Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend as they host Belmont on Friday at 6 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.