SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2006
Baseball completes sweep with 6-2 win over Lipscomb in game two
May 20, 2006
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Junior Thomas LePage went 3-for-4 with two RBI and senior LHP Kyle DeVries earned his fourth win to lead the Dolphins to a 6-2 win over Lipscomb in game two of a doubleheader, Friday evening at Dugan Field. The contest was shortened to seven innings due to a timed game format arranged to accommodate the Dolphins' travel schedule.
"Every win counts for us right now because we want to leave ourselves in good shape to earn an at-large bid to a regional if things don't go right in the A-Sun tournament," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Things were a little unconventional in the second game but we did what we needed to win."
DeVries (4-2) earned the win after hurling two innings of one-hit relief. Freshman RHP Joey Wedner allowed only two hits in one inning but was pulled when the contest went into a 32-minute lightning delay in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Matt Davis earned his fifth save to preserve the win. Senior Gordie Gronkowski and freshman Anthony Bernazard each finished with two hits to contribute to the Dolphin offense.
David Ayre (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on four hits with two walks in 1.1 innings.
The Dolphins (40-15, 23-7) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first when LePage hit an RBI single through the right side and junior Mike McCallister hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
JU made it 5-0 in the second when junior Justin Young hit a sacrifice fly to center and Gronkowski ripped a two-run double to right-center field.
The Dolphins made it 6-0 in the fourth when LePage pulled an RBI single through the right side with two outs.
Lipscomb (22-32, 11-19) cut the deficit to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth after a sacrifice fly to center by Whit Reed and an RBI single to short by Preston Embrey.
The Dolphins will next compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship presented by Progress Energy beginning on Wednesday. JU's opponent and game time will be determined after the final conference games on Sunday. Every game in the tournament will be broadcast on www.judolphins.com or ESPN 1460 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.