TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014
Dolphins Pounce Florida A&M
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville scored early and often on the way to a 20-1 win over Florida A&M on Tuesday night at John Sessions Stadium. The Dolphins’ 20 runs are the most by the club since a 20-4 victory over Wagner on March 4, 2011.
Hitting lead off for the second straight game Parker Perez (Winter Springs, Fla.) led the Dolphins going 3-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. Perez (1-1) also picked up his first win on the mound going 2.2 innings allowing two hits. Freshman Seth Dewitt (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) add four RBI on three hits as well as all nine starters record at least one in the game for Jacksonville (6-16) which ended a four game losing streak.
Florida A&M (7-15) had little answer for the Dolphins offense which took a 5-0 lead after scoring twice in the first and three times in the second. The Rattlers loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but senior Adam Maxon (Oviedo, Fla.) came on in relief to end the threat with one of his four strikeouts over two innings.
Jacksonville would then break the game open with a seven-run fourth.
“It was good to see 1-9 in the lineup taking good hacks and having good at bats,” said Cameron Gibson who had a RBI single in the fourth and went 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored on the night.
“We have been swinging the bats pretty well, especially early in the games but we’ve been having a keeping it going toward the end. If you look up on the board tonight we scored consistently early and often then kept it going in the seventh and eighth which was really a plus.”
The seven runs in the fourth inning are the highest single inning total by the Dolphins since an eight run inning against Florida A&M in a 14-11 win on May 13, 2011. Jacksonville added a single run in the fifth, then plated two more in the seven and five in the eighth behind a bases clearing triple by Dewitt.
“We try to work pitch counts and get aggressive on pitches that are in the zone,” added Gibson on the Dolphins season best 11 walks
“Now we turn our focus to getting back in the Atlantic Sun race with a weekend series here against Kennesaw State. We’re going to keep the same approach at the plate, make the pitchers work, see the ball and not chase out of the zone. We try to look at a game in three-inning sets, You win all three, three innings sets then you win the game every time.”
The pride of Ocala, Fla., Scott Schaub entered the night ranked second in the league in hitting. Schaub went 1-for-3 with three RBI to up his team leading total to 14 this season in 15 games.
Jacksonville welcomes Kennesaw State to Sessions Stadium this weekend for a three-game series that starts Friday at 6:30 pm. All three games of the series can be heard on 92.5 FM.