THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
Jacksonville Falls In Extras In A-Sun Tournament Opener
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jacksonville’s first Atlantic Sun Tournament appearance since 2011 was spoiled as a 10th inning walkoff by Lipscomb handed the Dolphins a 2-1 loss on Wednesday night at Swanson Stadium. Jacksonville now moves to the losers bracket and will face off against eight seeded North Florida at 1:15 pm on Thursday.
“We have to answer back now,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “We’ve been up against the wall all season long so to come out tomorrow we’ll put all this behind us and come out free and easy. We have nothing to lose so we’ll look to have some fun and swing the bats the way we can.”
A pitchers duel between the Dolphins Alex McRae (West Allis, Wis.) and the Bisons Ian Martinez-McGraw found the Dolphins trailing 1-0 in the top of the ninth. As he has done all season senior Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla.) delivered for Jacksonville lining a one-out single up the middle to tie the game. Schaub’s single, his 46th RBI of the season scored Michael Babb (Jacksonville, Fla.) who reached on what was scored a three-base error to start the potential final at bat for the Dolphins.
In the 10th Grant Massey led off with a single and eventually scored on a two out single through the left side by Hunter Hanks.
Drew Adams accounted for the only other run of the game as he put Lipscomb on top 1-0 with a RBI single to left back in the third.
The rest of the game belonged to the pitchers. McRae allowed the leadoff batter to reach in each of the first four innings, but it did little to faze the junior righty. He ended his night allowing just a single run on seven hits with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched. Senior Adam Maxon (Oviedo, Fla.) then took over throwing 2.1 hitless innings with four strikeouts.
Martinez-McGraw was just as sharp for Lipscomb allowing just three hits and one run over eight innings of work with six strikeouts.
“That is about a well pitched ball game as you are going to get against two teams in tournament play,” Montez said. “Unfortunately it came down to executing in a number of situations, which we didn’t do when we had a couple of opportunities early on. We didn’t play catch cleanly and it showed up in the box score.”
Sophomore Josh Baker (Sussex, Wis.) was charged with the loss after he took over to start the 10th for the Dolphins.
The 10th inning affair marked the third extra inning game out of the four contest on day one of the A-Sun Tournament on Wednesday. The three extra inning games also equal the most in a single A-Sun Tournament.
All the action from tomorrow’s game can be heard on 92.5 FM.