The Dolphins jumped out early on one of the Atlantic Sun’s finest. The Dolphins scored three runs in the top half of the third off Owl’s starter Stephen Janas (5-0).
Drew Luther (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton College) led off with a single and advanced to second on a ground ball by Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla./College of Central Florida). One out later Zachary Houck (Orange Park, Fla./Eagles View Academy) singled scoring Luther. Dylan Dillard (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola) singled through the middle scoring Houck who was running on the pitch to make it 2-0. Jake Huxtable (Winter Springs, Fla./Santa Fe College) followed with an infield single. Dillard scored on a throwing error on the play to make it 3-0.
The Owls answered back quickly by scoring four runs on three hits in the bottom half of the third. The big blow was a three run homerun by Owls third baseman Peyton Hart to make it 4-3.
The Owls followed up in the bottom of the fifth with three more runs on three hits chasing Dolphins starter Chris Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial). Anderson (5-2) was charged with the loss after allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
The Dolphins led off the top of the seventh with three consecutive singles by Luther, Schaub and Ethan Loosen (Uniondale, N.Y./FSCJ) to close the gap to 7-4.
The Owls pushed across three runs on four hits and one Dolphin error in the bottom half of the seventh to make it 10-4.
The Owls added four more runs on five hits in the bottom of the eighth to round out the scoring at 14-4.
The Dolphins and the Owls will be back in action Saturday afternoon at 2pm for game two of the three game series. You can follow all the action at www.judolphins.com.