SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2006
Baseball falters in 7-5 loss to Harvard
March 26, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Gordie Gronkowksi went 3-for-4 to extend his career high hitting streak to 20 games while but the Dolphins fell short in a late rally as the JU baseball team fell to Harvard, 7-5, Sunday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field. The Dolphins are now 8-1 against opponents from the northeast.
JU (21-8) had an early 2-0 lead in the second but Harvard (2-7) scored three runs in the fourth and four runs in the seventh to deflate the Dolphins.
"These are the losses that hurt the most," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "You can't get these games back. Now we need to bounce back and get ready for conference play next weekend."
Matt Brunnig (1-0) got the win after allowing only three runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts in seven innings of work. Jason Brown was credited with his first save after recording the final out of the ballgame.
Junior RHP D.J. Ackley (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits with three strikeouts in four innings of relief. Senior LHP Aaron Parvey hurled two innings of perfect relief to end the game. Freshman Brian Hudgins finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI and sophomore Matt Lopez went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Dolphin offense.
JU took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Hudgins drove in a run with a double to left field before Lopez followed with an RBI single up the middle.
Harvard took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth after Josh Klimkiewicz drew a bases-loaded walk and Matt Vance laced a two-run single to right center. With runners on runners on first and second with no outs, Ackley entered the game and retired three straight batters to end the inning.
The Dolphins tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Hudgins drove in Gronkowski from second with a double to right center.
The Crimson took a 7-3 lead in the top of the seventh when Steffan Wilson hit an RBI single to short before Klimkiewicz cleared the bases with a three-run homer to left field.
JU cut the deficit to 7-5 in the eighth when Lopez hit an RBI single to right and Hudgins scored on a throwing error by catcher Andrew Casey on a double-play attempt from the plate to first base.
The Dolphins threatened in the ninth with two runners on and two outs but Hudgins' liner to left center was caught by a sliding Lance Salsgiver in center to end the game.
JU will return to Atlantic Sun action on Friday as the Dolphins host Gardner-Webb for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.