DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An uncharacteristic off night defensively proved costly as Jacksonville was unable to overcome host Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday in a 6-2 midweek loss at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
The Dolphins allowed four unearned runs in the first three innings as the Wildcats built a 6-0 lead. B-CU used a leadoff walk to set up a two-run second then added four more in the third on three hits and a pair of errors.
“It’s tough to win at any level when you make five errors, but the bottom line is we weren’t ready to play tonight mentally and that goes strictly on my shoulders,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “Our field was unplayable the last two days and we didn’t do a good job getting these guys ready to play defensively. There is no excuse for that on our part.
Jacksonville (5-13) would cut into the lead in the fourth. A one out walk to Connor Marabell (Jacksonville, Fla.) followed by Dylan Dillard’s (Kissimmee, Fla.) fifth double of the year down the left field line set up Scott Schaub (Jacksonville, Fla.). Schaub who hit safely for the ninth time in 10 starts this season, delivered once again with a single to left for the Dolphins first run of the game.
After a walk loaded the bases, Braddock Rowe (Jacksonville, Fla.) brought home Dillard with a RBI ground out, but that would be all the damage done in the inning for Jacksonville.
The Bethune-Cookman (12-10) staff would keep the Dolphins in check from there allowing just three hits and two runners to reach scoring position over the final five innings.
Will Flor (Bloomington, Minn.) (0-1) was charged with the loss after going 1.2 innings and allowing six runs, but just two earned.
“Defense is something we take pride in and have done consistently so far this year,” added Montez. “Tonight was not characteristic of our ball club. Besides Flor struggling a little bit I thought our pitching was plenty good tonight. We gave up four unearned runs and we’re never able to overcome that.”
Michael Babb (Jacksonville, Fla.) also had a double in the game for Jacksonville which returns home to face A-Sun preseason favorite Mercer in a three game series.
“Credit their pitchers for coming in and attacking the zone. We’re going to see even a little better pitching this weekend from the hottest team in our conference and if were not ready to play mentally then it’s going to be a long weekend,” Montez concluded. “I challenge these guys to answer back. The one thing I ask from them on a daily basis is give me an honest day’s work and 27 outs every time they come to the ballpark, so we’ll see how they respond this weekend.”
The three games series vs Mercer starts on Friday at 6:30 pm. Saturday’s game is at 2:00 pm followed by Sunday at 1:00 pm. All three games of the series can be heard on 92.5 FM.