TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
Dolphins Hit Parade Unable to Corral Eagles
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville pounded out double digit hits for the fourth straight game, but was unable to slow a hot hitting Georgia Southern squad falling 10-9 in the final non-league game for both teams on Tuesday night at Sessions Stadium.
Sophomore Michael Babb (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored to lead the Dolphins who had eight different players hit safely in the game. Sophomore Connor Marabell (Jacksonville, Fla.) and senior Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla.) and each added two hits and two RBI as the 2-3-4 hitters for JU went a combined 7-for-13 with seven RBI.
“Offensively I thought we did some really good things. The top of the line-up is swinging the bat with a lot of confidence and starting to do a better job with two strikes,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “We did as well as we could on the mound for a mid-week game in a short week and gave ourselves a chance to win the ball game. We still made a few mental mistakes in some key situations. We clean that up and we keep swinging the bats the way we have been and the top of the rotation guys throw the ball like they are capable of then we could be a dangerous team in Fort Myers”
Jacksonville (17-31) battled at the plate all night overcoming a 6-3 deficit with a four run fourth in which Babb, Marabell and Schaub each recorded RBI. Georgia Southern (34-20) tied the game on a wild pitch in the fifth, then took an 8-7 lead in the seventh with a two-out single up the middle by Ryan Cleveland.
More timely two out hitting put the Eagles, who have now won six of the last seven, ahead 10-7 in the eighth as Aaron Mizell ripped a two-run double to right.
The Dolphins didn’t go away easily however as the heart of the line-up produced once again. Babb drove in his third run of the game with a single to right scoring Angelo Amendolare (Edgewater, Fla.). Marabell then pulled JU with a run at 10-9 with his 10th double of the season. The rally would die there however has a sharply hit ball was snagged by the Eagles second baseman setting off a double play to end the inning.
Justin Lawrence (Jacksonville, Fla.) was charged with the loss in his first decision of the year.
Amendolare and Cameron Gibson (Conyers, Ga.) also had two hits each in the game for JU.
“This weekend vs Northern Kentucky is a very important series because it could help us get all the way up to the fifth seed in the tournament,” added Montez. “We are still playing for something this last week of the season and I want to keep the momentum and confidence that this team has going into the postseason next week.”
The Dolphins close out the regular season at by hosting a three-game set vs Northern Kentucky starting on Thursday. All three games can be heard live on 92.5 FM as Scott Manze will be in the catbird seat.