WEDNESDAY, APRIL 09, 2014
Long Ball Powers Jacksonville Past Bethune-Cookman
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Cameron Gibson and Dylan Dillard each homer for Jacksonville to lead the way in a 4-3 win over Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night at Sessions Stadium.
Gibson also scored on a wild pitch as he finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. His solo home run in third was his first as a Dolphin and tied the game up 1-1 after the Wildcats scored first in the top of the inning.
“I think tonight was more our pregame preparation,” said Gibson who has hit safely now in six straight games. “We had a really focused execution round of BP that was a little different, but I think it got us settled in for the game. Everyone came in well prepared. We had some good swings in the first couple of innings, mine just happened to be the one that put us on the board.”
After hitting five home runs as a freshman last season, Dillard followed Gibson with his first of the year in the fourth. Dillard’s home run landed in a tree 20 feet above the wall in left center beyond the Mindy Black Nutritionist sign and gave the Dolphins a 2-1 advantage.
The Dolphins (11-21) added two insurance runs in the sixth. Gibson scored on a wild pitch then Connor Marabell (Jacksonville, Fla.), who was 3-for-4 on the night, came around to score on a bunt hit by Braddock Rowe (Jacksonville, Fla.) who was 2-for-3.
Zach Gordon (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and the rest of the Jacksonville pitching staff provided the rest. Gordon picked up his second win of the season after starting the game and going four strong innings allowing just one run on four hits with zero walks.
“Yesterday was a huge let down for us so I needed to go out there and give as many innings as I could with the pitch count I was on,” said Gordon who also picked off his team leading third base runner of the game. “I had a good two-seem working tonight and was able to throw it on both sides of the plate.”
Freshman Justin Lawerence (Jacksonville, Fla.) backed Gordon up with two hitless innings. Freshman Nathan Disch (Appleton, Wis.) had a hitless inning of his own before walks got him into trouble in the 8th.
Bethune-Cookman (17-19) got two runs back in that eighth inning with a two-out bases loaded single.
The ninth would belong to Ryan Quintero (Miami, Fla.) who sent the Wildcats down in order to pick up his first career save.
“Having momentum going into the weekend series is huge for us now. Obviously Gulf Coast is a good team and having the pitcher throw well and the hitters feel comfortable with guys hitting home runs today is always a good sign,” Gordon said of the upcoming A-Sun series this weekend against Florida Gulf Coast.
The series against the Eagles starts on Friday at 6;30 pm. All three games vs Florida Gulf Coast can be heard on 92.5 FM.