SUNDAY, MAY 07, 2006
Four run ninth gives Baseball a 10-7 win over Kennesaw State
May 7, 2006
KENNESAW, Ga. - Senior Gordie Gronkowski hit a game-tying single with two outs in the ninth to start a four-run rally as the JU baseball team completed a three-game sweep over Kennesaw State, 10-7, Sunday afternoon at Stillwell Stadium.
"This team believes they are going to win when we get a runner in the ninth and they proved it once again," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "It wasn't how we drew it up but we will definitely take it."
Trailing 7-6 in the ninth, freshman Brian Hudgins was hit by a pitch and then moved to second on a sacrifice by junior Logan James. After moving to third on a groundout to second by junior Pete Clifford, junior Daniel Murphy was intentionally walked. In the next at-bat, Gronkowski pulled a single through the left side to tie the game. Junior Mike McCallister hit a two-run single up the middle to give the Dolphins the lead for good and sophomore Matt Lopez added an RBI single to left to end the scoring.
Senior LHP Aaron Parvey (6-1) earned the win after hurling two innings of perfect relief. Freshman RHP Joey Wedner allowed only two hits with a walk and two strikeouts in three innings of work to earn the no-decision. Clifford, McCallister, Lopez junior Thomas LePage each finished with multiple hits.
Michael Bohana (2-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work.
The Dolphins took an early 1-0 lead in the third when Murphy pulled an RBI grounder to second to score Clifford from third. Clifford got a base hit to center and then moved to third on a failed pick-off attempt by Sales.
JU increased the lead to 6-0 in the fourth when freshman Brian Hudgins hit an RBI single to center, junior Logan James got an RBI groundout to the pitcher, Clifford hit a two-run single to right and senior Gordie Gronkowski laced an RBI double to right center.
KSU put up three runs in the fifth when Jay Marrow hit a two-run single to center and Matt Dallas scored from third on a wild pitch.
The Owls took their first lead of the series, 7-6, in the seventh after an RBI triple by Jacob Robbins, an RBI pinch-hit single by Adam Cross and a two-run homer to left center by Marrow.
The Dolphins will continue A-Sun play this weekend against Mercer with a series that will determine the A-Sun regular season title. The series will begin with a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m. with the finale scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. Each contest will can be heard live on ESPN 1460 with Joe Block calling all the action. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will air 15 minutes before first pitch.