WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2006
Baseball dramatics continue in 6-5 win over No. 6 Campbell
May 24, 2006
DELAND, Fla. - It was Kirk Gibson all over again as junior Daniel Murphy hit a pinch-hit walk off single in the ninth to give the JU baseball team a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over No. 6 Campbell in the first day of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship presented by Progress Energy, Wednesday morning at Melching Field.
After rallying for two runs in the eighth to tie the contest at 5-5, JU (42-15) had runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Murphy, who has not played in four games due to an injured knee, entered the game and hit a drive to right center on the first pitch from Jeff Randol. Murphy limped to first base to make it an official at-bat after junior Justin Young crossed the plate.
"There were only a few situations in which Murphy would get an opportunity to hit and the ninth inning provided a perfect opportunity," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "He proved why he was named the A-Sun Player of the Year and we showed how we came into this tournament with the No. 1 seed."
Sophomore Matt Davis (6-2) earned the win after hurling a perfect inning in the ninth. Sophomore Matt Dobbins earned the no-decision after allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings of work. The Dolphins have won every contest in which he has started this season. Junior Mike McCallister finished 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the JU offense.
Randol (0-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on three hits with a walk in one inning of relief. Starter Blake Herring earned the no-decision despite allowing only three runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in seven innings. David Forbes led the squad by finishing 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI.
Campbell jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when David Forbes hit a solo home run to left field on a 1-2 count.
JU took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth when LePage hit an RBI single to left with two outs before McCallister followed with a two-run shot over the left-center wall. Junior Pete Clifford stole second base to set up the RBI opportunity as LePage fought off an inside pitch to get the Dolphins on the board.
The Camels answered with three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead after a two-run double down the left-field line by Forbes and an RBI single to center by Ryan Hamme with two outs.
Campbell extended the lead to 5-3 in the seventh when Hamme hit a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Dolphins evened the contest, 5-5, in the eighth when Gronkowski hit a two-run double to left-center field. Sophomore John Tiner was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Clifford drew a walk before Gronkowski cleared the bases.
The Dolphins will next compete against the winner of No. 3 Stetson/No. 4 Florida Atlantic in the second day of the A-Sun Tournament on Thursday at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on www.judolphins.com with Cole Pepper handling the play-by-play. To hear the game, scroll down to the schedule portion of the front page and click on the appropriate games.