SATURDAY, MAY 03, 2008
Baseball falls to North Florida, 14-7, in game two

May 3, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In a contest which featured two ties and a combined 21 runs and 23 hits, the Dolphins could not find a way to out slug the Ospreys in game two as the JU baseball team fell to North Florida, 14-7, Saturday afternoon at Harmon Stadium.

JU (24-23, 13-16), which scored a run in four of the first five innings, finished with seven runs on 16 hits but committed three errors and left a game-high 13 runners on base.

UNF (25-20, 14-12) ended a four-game slide at Harmon Stadium against the Dolphins by pounding out 14 runs on 17 hits while scoring a run in six-of-seven innings.

"We knew UNF would come out fired up and they proved it by the way they swung the bats today," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We battle back a few times but they kept putting the pressure on and wouldn't let us take a lead. Tomorrow is going to a huge game for a lot of different reasons and we need to be ready for a battle."

Antonio Franzese (2-0) earned the win after hurling five inning of scoreless relief in which he walked three and struck out five.

Freshman Sean Green (1-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on two hits with two walks in 0.1 innings of relief.

Senior shortstop Matt Lopez, senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira and junior right fielder Thomas Myers each finished with three hits to lead the Dolphins.

Chad Knight, Preston Hale and Travis Martin each finished with three hits to lead UNF.

The Ospreys jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when T.J. Thompson scored on fielding error in the outfield and Hale hit an RBI single through the right side.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second when Lopez hit an RBI single.

Sophomore first baseman Alex Martinez led off the inning with a double to center and then advanced to third on a grounder to second by Myers. In the next at-bat, Lopez hit the first pitch off the glove of Jones to score Martinez.

JU evened the contest, 2-2, in the top of the third when Ferreira scored from third on a balk by Jones with two outs.

Ferreira led off the inning with a single through the right side and then advanced to third on consecutive groundouts by junior left fielder Kyle Fleming and Gillan. With two outs, Ferreira started dancing up the third base line and got Jones to step off the rubber after he had already set to pitch and get the balk.

UNF recaptured the lead, 4-2, in the bottom of the third when Martin hit an RBI single through the right side and T.J. Gaudy hit a sacrifice fly to center.

JU evened the contest, 4-4, in the top of the fourth when freshman third baseman Jamaal Hawkins hit a two-run double to center.

With one out, Myers hit a single through the left side and then beat out the throw to second on a single to third by Lopez. In the next at-bat, Hawkins crushed a pitch over head of Gaudy in center field to empty the bases.

The Ospreys took a 9-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Knight hit an RBI single, Andrew Hannon hit a two-run single, Andy Warren hit an RBI single and Gaudy drove in a run with a grounder to short.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to 9-7 in the top of the fifth when Martinez drove in a run with a grounder, Myers hit an RBI single and Lopez hit an RBI single.

Fleming led off the inning with a chop single to left and then advanced to third on a single to center by Gillan. After a walk to junior catcher Brad Simmons, Martinez hit the first pitch to short for an RBI fielder's choice. Myers followed with a single to center on a 1-2 pitch to drive in Gillan before Lopez plated Martinez with a single to left center on a 1-2 pitch.

UNF increased the lead to 10-7 in the bottom of the fifth when Martin hit an RBI single through the right side with two outs.

The Ospreys made it 12-7 in the bottom of the sixth when Michael Gropper drove in a run with a grounder to second and Robbie Collier scored on the play on a throwing error to first.

UNF made it 14-7 in the bottom of the seventh when Warren hit an RBI single to right and Gaudy hit a sacrifice fly to center.

JU and North Florida play the rubber game of the series for the SunTrust River City Rumble Barrel on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Harmon Stadium. The contest will be broadcast live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action. The game can also be followed on ASun.TV and GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.