FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014
Dolphins End 2014 Season with Loss to Florida Gulf Coast
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A memorable 2014 season came to an unfortunate end for Jacksonville on Friday with a 3-0 loss to top seeded Florida Gulf Coast in an elimination game of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. The Dolphins, which earned the five seed in the A-Sun post season and had three wins over top 20 programs during the year, finish with a 21-33 overall record.
“It’s never easy when it comes to an end,” said Head Coach Tim Montez who led the Dolphins to their best season since 2011 “All you can do is look at the positives then learn from the ups and downs you from in a year like this. I really believe that good things are in store for this program. The way these guys fought and the way these seniors played for me and this coaching staff is going to speak volumes in the future.”
The end of the season marks the conclusion of the JU careers for seniors Scott Scaub (Ocala, Fla.), Braddock Rowe (Jacksonville, Fla.), Adam Maxon (Oviedo, Fla.), Zach Gordon (St. Petersburg Fla.) and Will Flor (Bloomington, Minn.).
“I could not ask any more for a group of seniors,” Montez said. “I really appreciate the effort and the way my senior class led by example. I hope our underclassmen take note of that. A lot of good things happened this year. We have a lot to look forward to it was just a great effort by these guys all the way around.”
Jacksonville had scoring opportunities in the game but was never able to get the bats going managing just two hits against Eagles starter Jack English. English finished with a complete game shutout throwing 136 pitches. He carried a no-hitter into the seven before Rowe led off with a sharply hit single down to first base.
Despite the two hits, the Dolphins stranded eight runners in the game drawing four walks, two hit batters and two more reaching on an error. A line-put double play ended Jacksonville’s best scoring opportunity with runners on 1st and 3rd in the top of the first. The news would get worse in the second when Thursday afternoon’s hero Connor Marabell (Jacksonville, Fla.) was lost for the game. Marabell was lifted after he was unable to go when he fouled a pitched off his foot back in the first inning.
“It’s tough when you take a blow like we did losing the best three-hole hitter in the conference,” Montez said of the Marabell injury. “It took the wind out of our sails a bit, but I thought (Alex) McRae did a great job of filling in.”
Sophomore Josh Baker (Sussex, Wis.) did his job in his 12th start of the season. Baker (3-5) struckout a career high six batters while allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 5.2 innings. Nathan Disch (Appleton, Wis.) and Ryan Quintero (Miami, Fla.) combined for 2.1 scoreless inning to close out the game.
“The pitching staff was terrific all week,” said Montez. “Give them credit, they gave us an opportunity to win all three ball games.”
Schaub ends the year with a .407 average becoming the 50th player in A-Sun history to accomplish the feat. He is the first Dolphin to do so since Adam Brett Walker hit .409 in 2011.
Montez concluded, “Hats off go to my coaching staff and the job they did all year keeping everyone together, I really appreciate their effort.”