FRIDAY, MAY 06, 2011
Baseball rallies for 6-4 win over North Florida in series opener
In a battle of former Eagles View Academy pitchers, junior Steve Eagerton got the best of former teammate Robbie Collier as the JU baseball team came from behind for a 6-4 win over North Florida, Friday evening in the first game of the SunTrust River City Rumble at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (28-17, 17-8) trailed 4-0 after the top half of the second but went on to score six unanswered runs.
UNF (24-20, 12-13) finished with a game-high 13 hits but also left a game-high 10 runners on base.
“It was a fun night for us,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got to honor our seniors in front of a good crowd, Steve got to face his old high school teammate and Smoke Laval got to coach his first game in this rivalry back at JU after playing here. There was a lot of excitement in the air and I’m looking forward to more competitive games this weekend.”
Eagerton (7-0) got back into the win column after allowing four runs (one earned) on 13 hits with a walk and four strikeouts in seven innings. Freshman Chris Anderson notched his ninth save of the year after hurling two shutout innings. Collier (3-4), who teamed with Eagerton to lead the Warriors to a state title in 2007, was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker and junior shortstop Jimmy Howick each finished 3-for-4 while junior third baseman Kevin Lehane went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Alex Bacon led the Ospreys by going 3-for-4 with a double while Andrew Karmeris finished 3-for-5 with a double. Corey Bass also added multiple hits and an RBI.
The Ospreys jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second when Bacon hit an RBI single to short, a run scored on a throwing error by JU, Alex Hernandez hit an RBI single to short and Bass hit an RBI single up the middle.
The Dolphins answered back with three runs in the bottom of the second when senior catcher Alex Swenson drove in a run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded followed by RBI ground outs by senior designated hitter Chris Connelly and senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo.
JU took a 5-4 lead in the third when Lehane hit an RBI double to left center and a run scored on a fielding error by Karmeris at first.
UNF threatened with the bases loaded and only one out in the fifth but Eagerton got Andrew Hannon to line out to third and Gavlik to ground out to second to end the threat.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 6-4 in the sixth when Connelly hit an RBI ground out to short.
The Dolphins will next host UNF at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville beginning at Noon. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action. The game can also be viewed through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.