THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006
Baseball wraps up A-Sun regular season title with 8-1 win over Lipscomb
May 18, 2006
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Dolphins scored five runs in the third inning and sophomore LHP Matt Dobbins tallied his second straight complete game to lead the JU baseball team to an 8-1 win over Lipscomb to clinch the 2006 Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season title, Thursday evening at Dugan Field.
JU (39-15, 21-7) won its first A-Sun regular-season crown since joining the conference during the 1999 season. The last regular-season conference title captured by the Dolphins was during the 1995 season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Dolphins also earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for the time in program history, surpassing the highest seed (No. 2) in 1999.
"We've been working all year long for this and to see it all come together today is a special feeling," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Our next order of business is to finish this series strong and build some momentum for the conference tournament."
Dobbins (12-0) notched his fourth consecutive win after allowing only one run on one hit with two walks and three strikeouts in nine innings.
Matt Shnelly (4-7) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in eight innings of work.
The Dolphins jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the third inning when freshman Anthony Bernazard hit a two-run single to left center, Clifford hit an RBI triple to right center and LePage crushed a two-run shot over the right-field wall.
Lipscomb got on the board in the sixth inning when Tadd Brewer hit a sacrifice fly to left field with the bases loaded and one out. Dobbins had retired 15 consecutive batters before the Bisons got a lead-off walk and a base hit to center to start off the inning.
JU made it 7-1 in the eighth inning when LePage hit an RBI groundout to the pitcher and McCallister hit and RBI double down the left-field line. The Dolphins added another run in the ninth when Bernazard hit an RBI single to left field.
The Dolphins and Bisons will complete their three-game series with a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m. EST. The games will be broadcast on www.judolphins.com with Cole Pepper handling the play-by-play. To hear the games, scroll down to the schedule portion of the front page and click on the appropriate games.