FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2006
Baseball dismantles Harvard, 14-3
March 24, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Gordie Gronkowksi went 3-for-3 with four RBI to extend his career high hitting streak to 18 games while sophomore LHP Matt Dobbins won his seventh consecutive decision to lead the JU baseball team to a lop-sided 14-3 win over Harvard, Friday evening at Alexander Brest Field. With the win, the Dolphins snapped a three-game losing streak and are now 7-0 against opponents from the northeast.
JU (20-7) pounded out 14 runs on 17 hits, including eight runs in the bottom of the second inning. Harvard (1-6) could not recover as the Dolphins scored 11 unanswered runs before the Crimson got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth.
"I'm glad to see our bats come alive because we haven't been swinging it very well lately," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "I know this will not happen in the next two games because Harvard is a good team and they are going to come back strong."
Dobbins (7-0) earned the win after allowing only two runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings of work. Senior RHP James Murdock earned his second save of the year after hurling a season-high three innings to close the game. Junior Pete Clifford went 3-for-4 while juniors Daniel Murphy and Mike McCallister each finished with multiple hits. Junior Thomas LePage also extended his career high hitting streak to 14 games.
Adam Cole (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on three hits with three walks in 1.1 innings of work. Steffan Wilson led the Crimson offense with three doubles.
JU took an early 1-0 lead in the first when Gronkowski drove home junior Logan James with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Dolphins opened up the contest with eight runs on seven hits in the bottom of the second inning. McCallister led off the inning with his sixth home run of the year before James hit an RBI double to left center. After freshman Brad Simmons scored on a balk by reliever Mike Dukovich, Clifford hit a sacrifice fly to left field. McCallister drove in a two runs with a single through the left side, sophomore Matt Lopez pulled an RBI single through the left side and Simmons drove in a bases-loaded walk to end the scoring.
JU added two more runs in the third when Gronkowski drove in two runs with a double to left center.
Harvard made it 11-2 in the sixth after a two-run double to center by Wilson.
The Dolphins answered with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth when Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to center, Gronkowski hit an RBI single to center and freshman Stefan Hertel hit an RBI single up the middle.
Harvard scored the final run of the contest after a solo home run to right field by Chris Mackey.
The Dolphins will continue their three-game set against Harvard tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.