SUNDAY, APRIL 09, 2006
Baseball rallies again to sweep North Florida, 2-1
April 9, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Gordie Gronkowski extended his career high hitting streak to 26 games but the Dolphins rallied for two runs in the eighth to give the JU baseball team a 2-1 win and a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference sweep over North Florida, Sunday afternoon at Harmon Stadium.
JU (26-10, 8-4) moved into first place in the A-Sun standings after rallying for the third consecutive game in the series. The Ospreys (18-17, 10-8) were swept for only the fifth time in conference play and only the second time at Harmon Stadium. After combining for 28 runs and nine home runs with 30 mph winds blowing out in game two, the series finale had only three runs and no extra base hits as the winds were blowing directly in.
"For us to come in here and sweep a team like North Florida on its home field is a huge accomplishment," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "This series was big for us not only in the conference standings but for local bragging rites and recruiting."
Freshman RHP Tim Brown (3-1) earned the win after allowing only one run on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 7.2 innings of work. Sophomore RHP Matt Davis earned his first save of the year after hurling 1.1 innings of perfect relief.
Gronkowski pulled to within one game of Talmage Nunnari (27 - 1997) for the program record hitting streak after hitting a single to right field in the fourth inning. Freshman Anthony Bernazard came up with the biggest hit of the day when he pulled an RBI single through the right side with two outs in the eighth.
Jeremy Papelbon (2-3) was tagged with the loss despite allowing two runs (none earned) on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 7.2 innings. Jimmy Glanville led the Osprey offense by going 2-for- 4.
UNF jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Travis Martin drove in Matt Oxendine from third with a sacrifice fly to right field.
JU rallied for the third consecutive game after scoring two runs in the eighth inning to lead 2-1. Junior Mike McCallister led off the inning with a single through the left side and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Matt Lopez. Junior Don Vickers followed with a sharp grounder to third, which rolled up the arm of Grant Rogers, allowing McCallister to score from second. With Vickers on second, freshman Anthony Bernzard hit an RBI single through the right side with two outs.
In the eighth, the Ospreys threatened with a runner on second and two out but Davis entered the contest to strikeout Jimmy Glanville to end the inning. In the ninth, Travis Martin reached on an error to lead off the inning but junior Daniel Murphy caught a bunt attempt by Jonathan Hobach to keep the runner at first. Davis got James Belyea to fly out and Chad Knight to groundout to second to end the game.
The Dolphins will return to action on Wednesday when the Dolphins host Florida State at 6 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field. The contest can be heard live on ESPN 1460 with Cole Pepper 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.