FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2006
Baseball reaches 40 with 8-1 win over Lipscomb in game one
May 19, 2006
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Dolphins won their eighth consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference series and notched their first 40 win season since 1999 as the JU baseball team defeated Lipscomb, 8-1, Friday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Dugan Field.
"I'm glad to see Ackley get a win after his bad luck with no-decisions this season," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We played with a lot of focus after clinching yesterday and now we want to try and leave here with a sweep."
Junior D.J. Ackley (6-3) earned the win after allowing on run on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings of work. Junior RHP Justin Young notched his third save of the season after hurling the final three innings of scoreless relief. Junior Pete Clifford extended his hitting streak to 12 games after going 1-for-5 with a double. Sophomore Matt Lopez finished 3-for-3 and freshman Brian Hudgins went 3-for-6 to lead the Dolphin offense.
Robby Smithson (4-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
The Dolphins (40-15, 22-7) took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when senior Gordie Gronkowski hit an RBI groundout to short. Freshman Brian Hudgins led off the game with a single up the middle before stealing second and third to put himself in scoring position.
JU increased the lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning when junior Thomas LePage hit an RBI single to right field with two outs.
Lipscomb (22-31, 11-18) cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Nathan Sensing hit an RBI single through the left side with two outs.
The Dolphins made it 4-1 in the sixth when junior Don Vickers hit and RBI double down the left-field line and Hudgins stroked an RBI single to center. JU increased to margin to 6-1 in the seventh when a run scored on a throwing error by second baseman Matt Thomas and Vickers drove in a run with a fielder's choice to short. The Dolphins added two more runs in the ninth when junior Logan James laced a two-run single through the left side.