FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2004
Baseball Loses Pivotal A-Sun Game to Troy State, 9-4
May 14, 2004
TROY, Ala. - Senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) and freshman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) had a pair of hits and one RBI each, but three Dolphin errors allowed four Troy State runs to score in the fourth, breaking the game wide open in a 9-4 loss to the Trojans, Friday night at Riddle-Pace Field.
Troy State broke the game open with four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. The leadoff Trojan reached on an error by first baseman Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) and the next batter hit the first pitch over the fence in right to put Troy State ahead, 4-2. Troy put two of the next three batters on base and scored a pair of runs on a throwing error by outfielder Rob Hudson (Garden City, Mich.) and an error by catcher Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.) to pull ahead, 6-2.
Starter Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) (3-4) pitched 5.0 innings, allowing nine hits, seven runs, three earned runs and striking out four in the loss. Troy State's Eric Wikstrom (8-4) pitched a complete game, allowing 10 hits, four runs, two earned runs and striking out four.
JU scored a run in the first and one in the second to lead, 2-1 after seniors Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) and Hudson scored on infield errors. The Dolphins attempted to mount a comeback late in the game when Hart singled home freshman Logan James (Clearwater, Fla.) in the seventh and freshman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) hit a solo home run in the eighth, the first of his career, to make it, 8-4 Trojans.
Troy State went up, 8-2 when the Trojans scored a run in the fifth on a misplayed ball in right and a throwing error, and put a run on the board in the sixth when reliever Ashley Roque (Jacksonville/Bolles) hit three consecutive batters before being replaced by Aaron Parvey (North Ft. Myers, Fla.), who induced the next batter into a double-play ball, but not before a run crossed the plate.
JU finishes its series with Troy State with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. EST. JU must win both games to have any chance at making the A-Sun Tournament. The Dolphins will have junior ace Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) (12-3, 2.94 ERA) pitch in game one, giving him a chance to move into a tie atop the nation in victories, while sophomore Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) (3-8, 4.31 ERA) will take the mound in game two.