Baseball drops first round contest to Florida State, 18-0

June 3, 2006

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ATHENS, Ga. - Things didn't go as well as planned for the JU baseball team as the Dolphins lost their first contest with sophomore LHP Matt Dobbins on the mound in an 18-0 decision to Florida State, Saturday morning in the first game of the 2006 NCAA Regionals at Foley Field. The game was delayed a total of two hours and 16 minutes due to inclement weather and lightning before being postponed in the eighth inning on Friday night.

"We obviously didn't do the things that got us here," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "The delays didn't help us but we just couldn't get things going."

Dobbins (12-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season after allowing six runs (two earned) on two hits with five walks and no strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning. For Dobbins, it was his shortest outing and the most runs he has ever given up this season. The Dolphins also gave up a season-high 10 walks in the contest.

Michael Hyde (9-1) earned the win after allowing only two hits with a walk and five strikeouts in a five shutout innings of work. Travis Burge pitched four scoreless innings of relief to get the save, allowing just one hit while striking out three and walking one.

FSU jumped out to an early 6-0 in the bottom of the first when Dennis Guinn drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, Travis Anderson hit an RBI grounder to third, Ryan Strauss drove in a run with a fielder's choice to short and Tony Thomas, Jr. hit a three-run homer to left field.

The Seminoles made it 7-0 in the bottom of the third when Shane Robinson hit an RBI grounder to short after Thomas, Jr. led off the inning with a double to the right-field corner.

FSU made it 10-0 in the fourth when Anderson hit a two-run double to right center and Strauss followed with an RBI double to left center.

The Seminoles increased the lead to 16-0 in the fifth inning when Robinson led off the inning with a solo home run to left field, Anderson hit an RBI single to center, Strauss drove in two runs with a double left center and Thomas, Jr. hit an RBI grounder to third.

FSU made it 17-0 in the sixth when Strauss hit an RBI single to center. The Seminoles added another run in the seventh when Josh Spivey hit a solo home run to right center.

JU will face the loser of No. 1 Georgia/No. 4 Sacred Heart on Saturday at 3 p.m. The contest can be heard live on ESPN 1460 or on with Cole Pepper calling the play-by-play and Joel Lamp providing color analysis.