TUESDAY, APRIL 04, 2006
Baseball falls to No. 4 Florida State, 4-2
April 4, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Despite using a staff by committee for the second straight time in the series, the Dolphins proved to Florida State that the gap between the two programs is not as large as it used to be as the JU baseball team fell to the No. 4 Seminoles, 4-2, Tuesday evening at Mike Martin Field.
JU (23-10) rallied from a 4-0 deficit despite not having senior Gordie Gronkowski and junior Logan James in the lineup due to injury. Florida State (28-4) increased its home winning streak to 32 games.
Michael Hyde (6-0) earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Luke Tucker earned his seventh save after hurling a perfect ninth inning.
Freshman RHP Tim Brown (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in three innings.
Florida State took an early 1-0 lead in the first after an RBI groundout to third by Buster Posey. The Seminoles extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Posey scored from third on a double steal with two outs.
FSU increased the lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning when Ryan Malone pulled a towering two-run homer over the right field fence.
JU cut the deficit to 4-2 in the sixth when juniors Mike McCallister and Thomas LePage each drove in a run with RBI groundouts. Junior Pete Clifford led off the inning with a single through the right side and Daniel Murphy followed with a single to right field.
The Seminoles threatened with the bases loaded in the seventh but junior RHP Justin Young got Travis Anderson to strike out looking on three pitches to end the inning.
The Dolphins return to Atlantic Sun Conference play, with the River City Rumble Old Wooden Barrell on the line, this weekend as JU faces cross-town rival North Florida at Harmon Stadium. The first game of the series will be on Friday at 7 p.m. with the contest airing live on ESPN 1460. Mike Dempsey will call all the action with former major league pitcher Travis Baptist providing color analysis.