FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2004
Dennis Robinson Pitches Near-No-Hitter in 6-1 Win Over Gardner-Webb
April 23, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) held a no-hitter until the top of the eighth inning, becoming the first Dolphin to win 10 games since Eddie Sordo did it in 1995, and downed Gardner-Webb, 6-1, allowing no earned runs and just two hits while striking out five Friday night at Alexander Brest Field. Robinson (10-2) has won nine of his last 10 starts and has not allowed an earned run in 19 innings of play, pitching back-to-back nine inning complete games.
The Dolphins improve to 18-22 and keep their postseason hopes alive with a 9-13 A-Sun record, while the Bulldogs drop to 19-20 and 9-10 in conference.
Sophomore Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) returned after missing 27 games due to injury, hitting 3-for-3 with a double, one RBI and a walk. Sophomore Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored, while senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.
Robinson started quickly, striking out four of the first six batters and holding Gardner-Webb hitless through 21 batters. Gronkowski led off the second with a double and scored on a single by junior Jon Galui (Palm Beach, Fla.), to give JU a 1-0 lead. Gronkowski drove in a run in the second to put the Dolphins up, 2-0.
Freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) led off the fifth with a solo home run, his third long ball in seven games, to give JU a 3-0 lead, and Hart doubled in a pair of runs in the sixth to break the game open at 5-0.
Robinson was touched for his first hit of the game in the eighth when Blake Lalli singled through the right side. Robinson induced the next batter into a double play before surrendering his second hit of the ballgame, another single.
Brickle blasted his fourth home run of the season to lead off the eighth, giving JU a 6-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb scored its only run of the game in the ninth after JU committed a pair of errors after making the first out, allowing the Bulldogs to break the shutout.
Robinson moves into a tie for second place in the nation with 10 wins.
The Dolphins host the Bulldogs in a pivotal doubleheader finale tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field. Brickle will take the mound in the first game for the Dolphins, while sophomore lefthander Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) will pitch the second game.