FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006
Baseball crushes Mercer, 15-4, in game one
May 12, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Brian Hudgins went 3-for-5 with five RBI and sophomore LHP Matt Dobbins earned his 11th win of the season to lead the JU baseball team to down Mercer, 15-4, Friday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader at Alexander Brest Field.
"Everything went out way after the first inning and we got out of here early because of it," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We only used one pitcher in the game and hopefully our bats continue for us in game two."
Dobbins (11-0) earned the win after allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Junior Daniel Murphy extended his career high hitting streak to 14 games after going 3-for-5. Senior Gordie Gronkowski and junior Mike McCallister each finished with three hits to give the Dolphins 18 hits in the contest.
Brantley New (8-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing 10 runs (six earned) on 11 hits while walking two and striking out two in four innings of work.
Mercer jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning when Sean McCahill led of the game with a home run to center field and Billy Shaughnessy scored from third on a single to left by Eric Renfroe.
JU took a 5-2 lead in the third when Murphy hit an RBI single up the middle, junior Thomas LePage and Mike McCallister each drove in a run with an RBI fielder's choice and Hudgins drove in two runs with a single to left field.
The Bears cut the deficit to 5-3 in the top of the fourth when Mark Jarvis hit an RBI ground out to second.
The Dolphins made it 10-3 in the bottom of the fourth when junior Thomas LePage hit an RBI single to first, three runs scored on an error in center field and Hudgins hit an RBI single through the left side.
JU added five more runs in the bottom of the sixth when LePage hit an RBI single through the right side, freshman Brad Simmons hit a sacrifice fly to center, Hudgins pulled a two-run single through the left side and junior Pete Clifford hit an RBI double down the left-field line.
The Bears added another run in the top of the sixth to make it 15-4.