April 29, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Osvaldo Torres' two-run home run in the third inning gave Bethune-Cookman the early lead and got a stellar outing from its pitching staff as the Wildcats came away with a 3-1 win over the JU baseball team on Tuesday night at John Sessions Stadium.
The Wildcats (29-17) pounded out nine hits in the first six innings, with Justin Hoyte, Drew Clark and Pat Jones getting two hits each.
Aiding the Wildcats effort was solid outings from their pitching staff. Starter Eric Thomas (7-0) got the win after allowing just one run on six hits in 5.2 innings of work while striking out five. Roman Lancara and Phil Enright combined to allow just one hit in the final 3.1 innings to preserve the victory, with Enright picking up his fourth save of the season.
"We left a few guys on base and didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had," said JU head coach Terry Alexander.
The Dolphins (23-21) dropped their third straight despite a strong effort from the pitching staff - scattering nine hits in the contest. Glenn Witkowski (2-1) got the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits in four innings of work. He struck out six and walked one.
The Wildcats struck first with Torres' homer to take a 2-0 lead in the third. They extended the lead to 3-0 with a run in the sixth, as Pat Jones' RBI single through the left side drove home Mark Brooks from first base.
JU had opportunities to threaten in the final three innings, but couldn't put another run across as the Wildcats held on the victory.
The Dolphins head to Georgia Southern on Wednesday for non-conference contest. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.