WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008
Baseball takes down Florida A&M, 9-3
April 16, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior Garrett Dunlap hurled six shutout innings while sophomore first baseman Alex Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the JU baseball team to a 9-3 win over Florida A&M, Wednesday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.
JU (22-15), which has scored in the first inning in 24-of-37 games, pounded out nine runs on 13 hits to record back-to-back 10 plus hitting games this week.
FAMU (10-18), which has lost nine consecutive games against the Dolphins, left nine runners on base including a bases-loaded, no out situation in the first inning.
"We needed Garrett to chew up some innings for us today and he righted the ship after a running into some trouble in the first inning," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "It was a big plus to be able to save our bullpen for the weekend. Offensively, we are continuing to swing the bats well and we need to be able to do that against Florida Gulf Coast."
Dunlap (2-0), who held a no-hitter through four innings, earned the win after hurling six shutout innings in which he scattered two hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Junior Joey Wedner and freshman Brian Gilroy combined for two innings of scoreless relief.
Tim Schalch (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings.
Along with Martinez, junior left fielder Kyle Fleming finished with multiple hits to lead the Dolphin offense.
Tim Jones, Darryl Evans and Schlach each finished with multiple hits to lead the Rattlers.
JU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first when junior left fielder Kyle Fleming hit an RBI double, junior catcher Jeremy Gillan hit an RBI single and sophomore first baseman Alex Martinez hit an RBI single.
Senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira led off the game with a walk and then scored on a double down the left-field line by Fleming. After advancing to third on a passed ball, Gillan followed with a single to right. After advancing to second on a wild pitch by Schalch, Martinez poked a single to center with two outs.
FAMU threatened in the bottom of the first as Dunlap walked three consecutive batters to start the inning but got Tim Jones and Darryl Evans to strike out swinging and Jared Grace to ground out to third to end the inning.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth when Martinez hit an RBI double and freshman third baseman Jamaal Hawkins recorded a sacrifice fly.
Junior right fielder Thomas Myers led off the inning with a walk and then scored on a drive to left, past a diving Grace, by Martinez. After advancing to third on a fielding error by Jared Jeffries as short, Hawkins hit a high fly to center to score Martinez.
JU made it 6-0 in the top of the fifth when junior designated hitter Dan Maier hit an RBI single. Fleming led off the inning with a single through the left side and then stole second base. With one out, Maier pulled a ball through the left side on a hit-and-run to plate Fleming.
The Dolphins increased the margin to 7-0 in the top of the seventh when sophomore second baseman Chuck Opachich hit an RBI single.
Senior pinch-hitter David Yates led off the inning with a single to center and then advanced to second when Myers was hit by a pitch. In the next at-bat, Opachich dropped a bloop single into left to score Yates.
JU made it 9-0 in the top of the ninth when freshman pinch-hitter Chris Connelly hit an RBI single and then scored from third on a dropped pop fly by Rattler second baseman Anthony Garcia.
Junior pinch hitter Stewart Kelly led off the inning with a single through the left side and then scored on a triple to left center by Connelly. In the next at-bat, Opachich hit a pop to short right but Garcia dropped the ball to allow Connelly to score.
FAMU cut the deficit to 9-3 after pounding out three runs on five hits in the bottom of the ninth.
JU will return to Atlantic Sun Conference action this weekend against conference leader Florida Gulf Coast beginning with a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m. The contest can be followed live on ASun.TV and on GameTracker on JUDolphins.com. The Dolphins will also have their new Daktronics scoreboard in full use this weekend.