SUNDAY, MAY 08, 2011
Baseball falls to North Florida, 9-8, in finale
The Dolphins held a 7-6 lead through seven inning but weren’t able to hold on this time around as the JU baseball team fell to North Florida, 9-8, Sunday afternoon in the final game of the SunTrust River City Rumble at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (29-18, 18-9) got several strong performances in the contest but UNF (24-21, 12-14) got the great equalizer by scoring five of its runs on a pair of homers.
“We did a lot of good things today but not enough to win,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We have four more non-conference games to get things straightened out and then one more conference series to get us some momentum heading into the tournament.”
Senior Brian Gilroy (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on one hit with a strikeout in 1.1 innings of work. Senior Matthew Tomshaw got the no-decision after allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
Clayton Schultz (1-0) got the win after allowing only one run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Marshal Rosenberger got the save after hurling 1.2 innings of shutout relief. Casey Medlen also got the no-decision after allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts in four innings of work.
Junior third baseman Kevin Lehane led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and three stolen bases.
The Ospreys jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first when Alex Bacon hit an RBI single up the middle and Shane Kennedy pulled an RBI single through the left side.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 2-1 in the bottom of the first when sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker hit a sacrifice fly to left.
JU took a 3-2 lead in the third when Lehane hit a two-run single to center with two outs.
UNF evened the score in the fourth when Sam Perry drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to third.
The Dolphins took a 4-3 lead in the fourth when Murphy drove in a run with a grounder to short.
The Ospreys bounced back for a 6-4 advantage when Kyle Dahl hit a three-run homer to left with two outs.
JU recaptured the lead, 7-6, in the fifth when junior shortstop Jimmy Howick hit an RBI single to left, a run scored on a RBI grounder to second and another run scored on the same play when Kennedy booted the ball.
UNF threatened with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the sixth but junior Sean Green struck out the heart of the Osprey order to end the threat unscathed.
The Ospreys took a 9-7 advantage in the eighth when Hernandez hit a two-run homer to left and Bacon hit an RBI double to left center.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 9-8 in the bottom of the eighth when Murphy hit an RBI single back up the middle.
The Dolphins will next host Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action. The game can also be viewed through ASun.TV or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.