SATURDAY, MAY 06, 2006
Baseball sweeps Kennesaw State with 5-4 win in game two
May 6, 2006
KENNESAW, Ga. - Junior Pete Clifford's solo home run in the seventh put the Dolphins up for good while junior RHP D.J. Ackley and junior RHP Justin Young combined to lead the JU baseball team to a 5-4 win in game two of a doubleheader, Saturday evening at Stillwell Stadium.
"We were rolling early but they came back on us in the middle innings," said JU head coach Terry Alexander, who has lead the Dolphins to six consecutive A-Sun series wins. "We responded and now we're in position to sweep our third conference series this season."
Ackley (5-3) earned his second consecutive win after allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work. Junior Justin Young tallied his second save of the season by recording the final two outs of the contest with runners on second and third and two outs. Junior Daniel Murphy and sophomore Matt Lopez each extended their hitting streaks to 12 games, while junior Mike McCallister reached 10 games with a pair of singles.
After the Owls tied the contest at 2-2 in the sixth, the Dolphins answered with two runs on a solo home run by Clifford and a run-scoring single by junior Thomas LePage. JU would add another insurance run in the ninth when McCallister hit an RBI single through the left side with two outs.
KSU cut the deficit to 5-4 with two runs in the ninth but Young got a groundout to first and a flyout to right to end the game.
JU took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Lopez hit a double to right-center field. The Dolphins made it 2-0 in the third after an RBI groundout to second by junior Pete Clifford.
KSU evened the contest, 2-2, in the sixth after a two-run double to right field by Jay Morrow with two outs and the bases loaded.
The Dolphins and Owls will play the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest will can be heard live on ESPN 1460 with Cole Pepper calling all the action. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will air 15 minutes before first pitch.