SUNDAY, MAY 04, 2014
Jacksonville Swept by Stetson In Sunday DH
DeLand, Fla. - Jacksonville was unable to build upon Saturday’s win as the Dolphins dropped a double header on Sunday at Stetson, 9-7 and 6-2.
Jacksonville (15-27; 8-12 A-Sun) slips to eighth place in the Atlantic Sun standings falling a half game back of Stetson (20-29; 9-12 A-Sun).
Game one was back and forth before a three run eighth inning by the Hatters broke a 6-6 tie and proved to be the difference. Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla.) had three hits and drove in four runs, including a two-run home run in the loss. Connor Marabell (Jacksonville, Fla.) homered in the game as well while Cameron Gibson (Conyers, Ga.) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
Josh Baker (Sussex, Wis.) was charged with the loss for Jacksonville allowing five runs in 4.2 innings.
“Baker didn’t have his best stuff in game one, but offensively I liked the way we grinded,” said Head Coach Tim Montez whose team had leads of 1-0, 4-3 and 6-5. “We wasted a few opportunities early in the game that would have given us some distance and it came back to hurt us when we didn’t do the job needed out of the bullpen. When you are in ball games like that you have to be able to shut the door momentum wise out of the pen than and we didn’t today.”
In game two, the Dolphins were unable to get anything going offensively. Jacksonville scattered nine hits in the contest which was shortened to seven inning due to the travel day double header.
The Hatters had solo home runs in the third and fifth innings along with a three-run fourth to provide all the offense needed to complete the sweep. Justin Russell (Jacksonville, Fla.) was handed the loss for JU falling to 5-3 on the year.
“In the second game JR was not as strong mentally as he usually is and that is the strength of his ball game,” said Montez. “It was one of those games that we never really gave ourselves a chance against them. When you are in a short ball game like that whoever scores first is tough to beat. I was very disappointed in our effort I haven’t said that very much this year, but our mentality and our body language wasn’t what I expected this time of year. We need to be more tough minded.
Braddock Rowe (Jacksonville, Fla.) accounted for the Dolphins first run in the game with a RBI goundout in the 6th that scored Schaub who led off the inning with a single. Schaub added a RBI single in the seventh as well to cap off his afternoon going 5-for-7 with five RBI and two runs scored. Michael Babb (Jacksonville, Fla.) also had two hits in the nightcap as he went 2-for-2 with a sac bunt in the game for JU.
“We have a big task ahead of us this week with two games against a vastly improved Florida A&M team and the way we prepare and perform in the middle of the week will most likely determine how we show up against USC Upstate over the next weekend,” added Montez.
The Dolphins have a home-and-home series with Florida A&M on Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week before traveling to USC Upstate for a three game series starting on Friday.