SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2006
Baseball falls to Cambell, 15-6, in rubber game of series
March 18, 2006
Buies Creek, N.C. - Junior Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with three RBI but the Camels pounded out 16 hits as the JU baseball team dropped the rubber game of the Atlantic Sun Conference series, 15-6, Saturday afternoon at Taylor Field.
JU (19-6, 3-3) dropped back-to-back games for only the second time this season. Campbell (6-14, 2-4) had six extra-base hits, including two home runs and a triple to earn the series win.
Senior LHP Donald Brickle (0-1), who left his last start after getting struck on the arm with a line drive, was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Senior Gordie Gronkowski extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games after finishing 2-for-4 with a double. Junior Logan James also finished with multiple hits in the contest.
JU jumped out to an early 2-0 in the first, as pitcher Campbell starter John Emmert walked the first two batters he faced then allowed a two run double to Murphy. Emmert was then lifted in favor of Quinn LeSage (1-1) after facing just three batters.
LeSage entered the game and struck out the next three Jacksonville hitters on his way to striking out five of the first six batters he faced. On the day, he went four and 1/3 innings and allowed just three runs while striking out five to earn the win in relief.
Campbell rallied for three runs in the bottom of the first and then added another run in the bottom off the second.
JU cut the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the third when Murphy hit an RBI single to right.
The Camels answered with a run in the bottom of the third and three runs in the fourth to make it 8-3.
The Dolphins rallied for a couple of runs in the fifth inning to cut the gap to 8-5. Junior Thomas LePage drove in a two runs with a double down the line to chase LeSage from the game.
The Camels would outscore the Dolphins 7-1 in the final four innings to seal the game.
JU will next host Florida State at Alexander Brest Field on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prior to the contest, head coach Terry Alexander will be honored for winning his 500th career game.