WEDNESDAY, MAY 03, 2006
Baseball falls to No. 12 Florida State, 9-2
May 3, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior Daniel Murphy finished with three hits to raise his average to .386 but No. 12 Florida State concluded its season sweep over the JU baseball team with a 9-2 victory, Wednesday evening at Mike Martin Field.
"We're disappointed to not get a win," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We have to shake it off and turn our focus to the Atlantic Sun Conference for these next three weeks."
Mark Sauls (1-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in five innings.
Sophomore RHP Matt Davis (4-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with a walk in two innings. Murphy finished 3-for-4 and junior Pete Clifford finished 2-for-4 with a triple to lead the Dolphin offense.
FSU (36-11) took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning when Ryne Malone scored from third on a balk and Ryan Strauss drove in a run with a single off the glove of a diving Murphy at third.
JU (33-14) cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third when freshman Brad Simmons scored from third on a passed ball with two outs.
The Seminoles threatened with the bases loaded and no one out in the third but senior LHP Donald Brickle got two consecutive force outs at home before Buster Posey ended the inning with a groundout to short.
FSU increased the lead to 5-1 in the fifth after a two-run single to center by Malone, an RBI groundout to short by Posey and an RBI single to left by Ryan McArdle. The Seminoles added three more runs in the sixth when Danny Diaz pushed a squeeze bunt up the first base line before Shane Robinson and Mark Gildea hit back-to-back solo home runs.
JU made it 9-2 in the seventh when junior Mike McCallister hit a solo home run to left center field to give him a team-leading nine homers on the year.
The Dolphins return to Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend for a three game series against Kennesaw State this weekend. The first two games of the series will be a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the contest airing live on ESPN 1460. Cole Pepper will call all the action with the Dolphin Pre-Game Show airing 15 minutes before first pitch.