JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On a rainy night at Sessions Stadium, the Dolphins were never able to get their bats going as Jacksonville dropped a 10-4 decision to Kennesaw State.
Kennesaw State (13-16; 2-5 A-Sun) pounded out 18 hits as four batters had three hits each in the game for the Owls.
“They are a very aggressive hitting club and it seemed like every mistake that we made they capitalized on it,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “They came at us attacking the zone and there was not many walk in the game from both sides, the difference was they took advantage of the balls that they could handle.”
Jacksonville (6-17; 1-6 A-Sun) answered a three-spot by Kennesaw State in the top second with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning. Three straight two out hits by the Dolphins were capped off by a RBI single from Michael Babb (Jacksonville, Fla.) to keep Jacksonville within striking distance down 3-1.
The rally never happened however as Kennesaw added three more runs in the fifth and two more in the top of the sixth to grab an 8-1 advantage. After leaving runners on the corners with one out in the fifth, Jacksonville finally got back on the board in the sixth on a two-out bases loaded single by Parker Perez (Winter Springs, Fla.).
Sophomore Nate Ricci (Madison, Wis) cut into the lead again in the bottom of the eighth. Ricci hit his second pinch hit home run of the season with a two-run bomb over the wall in right.
“Ricci coming off the bench and giving us some momentum going into tomorrow was the bright spot for us tonight,” said Montez. “Now we have to build off that and get back in there and battle with (Josh) Baker throwing for us tomorrow.”
Alex McRae (West Allis, Wis.) took the loss for Jacksonville going seven innings. Angelo Amendolare (Edgewater, Fla.) led the dolphins with two hits while Braddock Rowe (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored two runs.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Saturday and can be heard on 92.5 FM.
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