SATURDAY, APRIL 08, 2006
Baseball shells North Florida, 19-9
April 8, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior Pete Clifford got two home runs and four RBI while senior Gordie Gronkowski extended his career high hitting streak to 25 games as the JU baseball team erased an early deficit to defeat North Florida, 19-9, in Atlantic Sun Conference action Saturday afternoon at Harmon Stadium.
JU (25-10, 7-4) trailed 3-0 before pounding out 19 runs on 17 hits, including a season-high five home runs. The Dolphins hit four home runs against South Florida on Feb. 18 and scored 21 runs in a win over Detroit (21-11) on March 5, 2001. The Ospreys (18- 16, 10-7) hit four home runs in the game, but used six pitchers in the contest, including two relievers who did not record an out.
"It's hard to explain a game like this because we got a hit in every fashion that you could think of," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "The key in this ballgame was the fact that we only walked one batter in the entire contest which put fewer runners on base when they hit their home runs."
Junior RHP D.J. Ackley (3-3) earned the win after allowing six runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings. Junior Daniel Murphy led the Dolphins with three hits, while Clifford and junior Mike McCallister each finished with a team-high four RBI. After going 0-5, Gronkowski hit a ball through the left side in the ninth to climb within two games of Talmadge Nunnari (27 - 1997) for the program record.
Ryan Amason (4-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (two earned) on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Jonathan Hodach led the Osprey offense by going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI.
UNF jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first when Jimmy Glanville hit a two-run homer to left center and Jonathan Hodach hit a solo home run to center field.
JU cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third when freshman Anthony Bernazard and Clifford hit back-to-back solo home runs with two outs. For Bernazard, it was his first collegiate home run.
The Ospreys made it 4-2 in the third when Hodach hit an RBI single to left field with two outs.
The Dolphins took an 8-4 lead in the fourth when junior Thomas LePage hit an RBI double to right center, junior Don Vickers hit an RBI single through the right side, sophomore Matt Lopez lined an RBI triple to right center and Clifford crushed a three-run home run to right center on a 3-2 count.
UNF cut the deficit to 8-6 in the fifth when Hodach pushed a two-run double down the right field line on a full count with two outs.
JU made it 12-6 in the seventh when LePage hit a two-run homer down the right-field line and Bernazard drove in two runs with a single in the gap.
The Ospreys cut it to 12-7 in the seventh after solo home run to left by Matt Oxendine. UNF made it 12-9 in the eighth when James Belyea hit a two-run shot to center field.
The Dolphins exploded for seven runs in the ninth when Murphy hit a two-run single to center, Gronkowski laced an RBI single through the left side and McCallister hit a grand slam to center field with two outs.
The Dolphins will return to action on Sunday when the Dolphins and Ospreys play the final game of the River City Rumble at 1 p.m. The contest can be heard live on ESPN 1460 with Mike Dempsey calling the play-by-play and former major leaguer Travis Baptist providing color analysis. The Dolphin Pre- Game show will air 15 minutes before first pitch.