FRIDAY, APRIL 07, 2006
Baseball rallies for six in the final two innings to defeat North Florida, 8-5
April 7, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins rallied from a 5-2 deficit by scoring two runs in the eighth and four runs in the ninth as the JU baseball team stunned North Florida, 8-5, in an Atlantic Sun Conference action Friday evening at Harmon Stadium. With the win, the Dolphins snapped a three-game losing streak to UNF while also earning their first win at Harmon Stadium since March 25, 1998.
JU (24-10, 6-4) trailed 5-2 heading into the eight before freshman Brad Simmons hit a two-run double to right center to make it 5-4. In the ninth, junior Thomas LePage hit an RBI single to second with the bases loaded and one out to tie the game. During the play, junior Daniel Murphy scored from second when the Ospreys did not call timeout after junior Mike McCallister was called safe at second on the play. The Dolphins added two more runs on an RBI double by sophomore Matt Lopez and a sacrifice fly to right by freshman Brad Simmons.
"This was an amazing win for us because it showed the true character of this team," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We need to take this momentum and carry it into tomorrow because I know UNF will regroup and give us all that we can handle."
The Ospreys (18-15, 10-6) put two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but senior LHP Aaron Parvey earned his second save of the year when he got James Belyea to fly out to center.
Sophomore RHP Matt Davis earned the win after hurling 1.2 innings of shutout relief. Senior LHP Aaron Parvey notched the save after allowing no runs in the ninth. Dobbins, who had his eight-game decision streak snapped, earned the no-decision after allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Senior Gordie Gronkowski extended his career high hitting streak to 24 games after going 2-for-3 with a home run. He is now four games shy of breaking the school record of 27, which was set by Talmadge Nunnari in 1997. Junior Pete Clifford led the Dolphin offense by finishing 3-for-4 with a double.
Josh Papelbon (4-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits in one inning of relief. Brad Johnson got the no-decision despite allowing only two runs on five hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.
UNF jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first after an RBI single by James Belyea and a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Hodach.
JU cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second when Gronkowski led off the inning with a home run to center.
The Ospreys increased the lead to 3-1 in the second when Brett Maloley hit a solo home run over the left field scoreboard with two outs. UNF made it 4-1 in the third when Jimmy Glanville hit an RBI double into left.
The Dolphins cut the contest to 4-2 in the seventh when junior Pete Clifford hit an RBI single through the right side with two outs.
UNF made it 5-2 in the seventh when pinch-runner Damon Olinto scored on a throwing error by freshman Brad Simmons during a run-down at third. Glanville hit a pop foul to first where junior Thomas LePage turned and fired a strike to the plate. Simmons charged up the third base line to chase Olinto back to the bag but his throw went short and rolled into left field, allowing the runner to score.
The Dolphins will return to action on Saturday when the Dolphins and Ospreys play game two 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.