SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2004
Baseball Loses Chance at the Postseason in 3-0 Loss to Troy State
May 15, 2004
TROY, Ala. - JU managed just one hit against Troy State and committed two critical errors in a three-run third inning, ending their chances of making the postseason, in a 3-0 loss Saturday at Riddle-Pace Field. Troy State's Mal Winters (5-1) pitched a no-hitter until the seventh inning, allowing just two Dolphins to reach base in a complete-game victory.
JU starter Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) (12-4) failed in his bid to remain alone in second place in the nation in victories despite throwing his seventh complete game of the season, allowing five hits and no earned runs while striking out four.
Troy State took a 3-0 lead in the second when Robinson threw a ball into the left field corner on a failed pickoff attempt to third with the bases loaded, allowing two runs to come in and setting up a run-scoring single in the next at-bat. The Dolphins turned three double plays behind Robinson but were unable to mount any offense against Winters.
JU failed to put a runner on base until senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) walked in the fifth, but a double-play ball in the next at-bat wiped out any chance of chipping away at Troy State's lead. The Dolphins broke up Winters' no-hitter in the seventh when freshman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) singled up the middle, but the Trojans turned their second double play of the day to end the game and JU's postseason hopes.