SATURDAY, MAY 01, 2004
Baseball Takes Doubleheader at Lipscomb, 3-0 and 6-1
May 1, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Baseball took a doubleheader, 3-0 and 6-1 at Lipscomb, holding the Bisons to just nine hits and no earned runs in 14.0 innings Saturday afternoon at Dugan Field.
JU junior righthander Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) remains tied for second in the nation with his 11th victory, pitching his sixth complete game, while allowing no earned runs and striking out five. Senior Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) had three hits and tied for the conference lead with his 32nd stolen base of the season, while freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Arlington) had three hits, two runs and one RBI.
Sophomore Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) (3-2) pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four hits and no runs while striking out three and junior Chris Kelly (Sarasota, Fla.) earned his second save of the season in a combined shutout in game one.
Robinson improves to 11-2 on the season with his 10th victory in 11 starts, giving him 26.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
The victories improve JU to 20-24 on the season and keep its postseason hopes alive at 11-15 in the Atlantic Sun, while Lipscomb drops to 12-29 and 7-13 in conference.
The Dolphins managed just one hit until the sixth inning when freshman Logan James (Clearwater, Fla.) hit a leadoff home run to give JU a 1-0 lead. Clifford knocked in senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) later in the inning and the Dolphins led 2-0 heading into the seventh. Sophomore Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) added a leadoff home ruun of his own in the seventh to give JU a 3-0 cushion, allowing Kelly to convert his second-consecutive save. Brickle allowed four hits through the first three innings but retired 10 batters in a row for the win.
In game two, Clifford singled and scored on freshman Daniel Murphy's (Jacksonville, Fla.) double to give JU a 1-0 lead. JU batted around in a four-run fourth inning with James, Best-Berfet, Clifford and Gronkowski scoring, giving the Dolphins a commanding 5-0 lead. The Bisons only run came in the fourth after consecutive errors by the Dolphin defense brought a run across the plate.
JU finishes its three-game series at Lipscomb tomorrow at 2 p.m.