College of Charleston Slips By Jacksonville
Cameron Gibson (Photo by Skip Tapp)
Cameron Gibson (Photo by Skip Tapp)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The College of Charleston scored four runs in the last two innings to slip by Jacksonville on Tuesday night at Sessions Stadium.

A pair of extra base hits by the Dolphins (8-19) gave them an early 1-0 lead in the fourth. Jacksonville was hitless through the first three innings, when Cameron Gibson (Conyers, Ga.) broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff triple to right for his sixth extra base hit of the season. Angelo Amendolare (Edgewater, Fla.) followed with a RBI double down the left field line, but was eventually left stranded at third after back-to-back strikeouts ended the chance add more runs for the Dolphins. 

Jacksonville starter Ryan Quintero (Miami, Fla.) went four innings, allowing just three hits with three strikeouts in his first collegiate start. Justin Lawrence (Jacksonville, Fla.) added two scoreless innings in relief before giving way to Nathan Disch (Appleton, Wis.). The trio was solid through the first seven innings as they combined for only three hits allowed and a handful of base runners.

“Great job by our pitching especially after the rough outing we had yesterday,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “They did everything I could possibly ask of them to put us in position to win a ball game.”

A leadoff single followed by a walk in the eighth for the Cougars would then prove to be the undoing for the Dolphins. The bases eventually were loaded up with two outs following another walk that set up the go ahead hit from Austin Bello who put Charleston on top to stay with a two-run single to center.

The Dolphins would have the chance to retake the lead in the bottom of the inning, but left runners stranded at second and third as a fly ball to center ended the would be rally.

Charleston added two more runs in the ninth to provide the final margin.

“They (Charleston) came at us and only walked one batter and forced us to swing the bats,” said Montez. “It’s hard to win in major college baseball when you only get two hits and score one run. We have to put this one behind us now and get ready for the weekend when we head right across town against UNF. It’s going to be an exciting weekend.”

The Dolphins continue A-Sun play this weekend at North Florida. All three games can be heard on 92.5 FM.