WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2006
Mistakes prove costly in 10-1 loss to No. 3 Florida State
April 12, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Seminoles capitalized on costly Dolphin errors in the early innings and senior Gordie Gronkowski's 26-game hitting streak came to an end as the JU baseball team fell to No. 3 Florida State, 10-1, Wednesday evening at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (26-11) had two errors in the first two innings which helped the Seminoles to an early 5-0 lead. Florida State (32-4) capitalized on key opportunities despite allowing a season-high 14 runners on base in the contest.
"These games are hard to swallow because we shot ourselves in the foot a few times," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We just have to dust ourselves off and get ready to keep our top spot in the conference this weekend."
Junior LHP Donald Brickle (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (three earned) on five hits with four walks and a strikeout in 4.1 innings of work. Junior RHP Justin Young and senior LHP Aaron Parvey combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Junior Thomas LePage led the Dolphin offense with three hits while also hurling two-third of an inning in relief to end the game. For LePage, it was his first collegiate appearance on the mound.
Senior Gordie Gronkowski's career-high hitting streak was snapped at 26 games after finishing 0-for-4 in the contest. His mark is one game shy of the program record set by Talmadge Nunnari (27) in 1997.
Michael Hyde (7-0) earned the win after allowing only one run (unearned) on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Shane Robinson led the Seminole offense by going 3-for-5 with two RBI.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first after a bases loaded walk to Jack Rye and an RBI single to right by Buster Posey. FSU made it 5-0 in the second after scoring three run off of two Dolphin errors.
JU got on the board with a run in the second after LePage scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore Matt Lopez. LePage led off the inning with a single before moving to third on a throwing error by Hyde on a pick-off attempt.
FSU made it 6-1 in the fourth when Posey drove in a runs with a single to left with two outs. The Seminoles added another run in the fifth when Tony Thomas, Jr. scored from third on a wild pitch.
The Seminoles added three more runs in the ninth on a two-run single up the middle by Robinson and a sacrifice fly.
The Dolphins return to Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend as JU hosts Stetson at Alexander Brest Field on Friday at 7 p.m. The contest will air live on ESPN 1460 with Cole Pepper providing play-by-play. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will air 15 minutes before first pitch.