WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2006
Baseball falls to No. 1 Florida State, 4-1
March 22, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphin bullpen held No. 1 Florida State to only four runs (three earned) but a three-run fourth gave the Seminoles a 4-1 win over the JU baseball team, Wednesday evening in front of 1,127 fans at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (19-7) out hit the Seminoles 6-5 in the contest but Florida State (22-2) made the most of its opportunities with runners on base.
"We had our opportunities tonight but we couldn't pull through," said JU head coach Terry Alexander, who was honored prior to the contest for winning 500 games. "Little things hurt us in the fourth, but we only scored one run with the bases loaded and nobody out."
Barret Browning (5-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Buster Posey (2-for-3) was the only Seminole to finish with multiple hits in the game.
Senior LHP Kyle DeVries (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing an unearned run with two walks and a strikeout in 2.2 innings of work. It was his first action since throwing against South Florida on Feb. 18. Gronkowski extended his career high hitting streak to 16 games after going 2-for-4 in the contest. Senior LHP Aaron Parvey and freshman RHP Tim Brown combined for five innings of one-hit scoreless relief.
The Seminoles took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Posey scored from third on a sacrifice fly to right by Tony Thomas, Jr. Posey had stolen second base and then advanced to third when freshman Brad Simmons' throw got past sophomore Matt Lopez before making the tag.
FSU increased the lead to 4-1 in the fourth when Mark Gildea hit an RBI single up the middle and Ryan Strauss hit a two-run double down the left field line. With the bases loaded and one out, Strauss hit a slicing ball down the left-field line. Junior Pete Clifford ran from the gap to make a diving catch as the ball looked to fall foul. The home umpire ruled that the ball had hit the line, allowing the two runs to score.
JU got on the board with a run in the sixth inning after a bases loaded RBI walk by freshman pinch-hitter Brian Hudgins. With the bases loaded and one out, reliever Brent Marsh got a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.
The Dolphins continue non-conference play this week at Alexander Brest Field with a three-game series against Harvard on Friday, March 24, at 6 p.m.