FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2004
Baseball Scores Eight Runs in the First in 9-3 Win Over Mercer
March 19, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior RHP Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) (6-1) allowed just three runs and recorded eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings, while sophomore Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) had two hits and one RBI, but ended his streak of reaching base safely in consecutive appearances as the Dolphins defeated Mercer, 9-3, Friday night at Alexander Brest Field.
JU put up eight runs in the first inning while sending 12 batters to the plate and held Mercer to just three runs off 11 hits. The win improves JU to 12-11 and 3-4 in the Atlantic Sun, while Mercer drops to 10-18 and 0-7 in conference.
The Dolphins batted around in the first inning, putting up eight runs off six hits. After the Bears retired the leadoff man to open the game, JU registered seven consecutive hits with the number two through number nine batters scoring a run apiece.
Mercer starter Philip Morrison (2-7) was chased from the game after surrendering six runs off three walks and walking three batters in 0.1 inning. His replacement, righthander Mike Naverson gave up three hits and a pair of runs before recording the final out of the inning. Senior Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.) had two singles and an RBI in the first inning, while five other Dolphins drove in a run apiece.
The Bears mustered a run in the second, a run in the fifth and a run sixth, but Robinson kept Mercer in check, striking out seven batters through the first four innings. Senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) had a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Dolphins' other run, scoring Brickle from third.
The Dolphins return to action tomorrow when they finish their three-game set with the Bears with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.