SUNDAY, MARCH 06, 2005
Baseball Wins Rubber Game Against Belmont, 5-4
March 6, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Junior Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) and sophomore Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Providence) each drove in two runs while the Dolphin bullpen held onto a one-run lead as JU baseball defeated Belmont, 5-4, in the series finale, Sunday afternoon at Greer Stadium. JU (10-5, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) won its opening conference series while Belmont (7-4, 1-1 Atlantic Sun) has dropped three of its last four games.
Murphy went 3-for-4 with a home run while Gronkowski also finished with three hits in the contest. Senior Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles/FCCJ) improves to 2-1 on the year after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out six in 6.0 innings. Senior RHP Ashley Roque (Jacksonville/Bolles/Maryland-Baltimore College) logged 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to run his scoreless inning streak to 10.0 innings. Senior RHP Hunter Davis (Wakulla, Fla.) earned his fifth save of the season after going 0.2 innings.
Justin Jordan (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits while walking six and striking out eight in 7.0 innings. JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run single by Gronkowski.
Belmont cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the first after Matt Reynolds stole third and scored when senior Alex Jamieson's (Sarasota, Fla.) throwing attempt bounced into left field.
The Dolphins made it 3-0 in the third after sophomore Preston Pehrson (Annapolis, Md.) drove in Clifford from third with a sacrifice fly to center field. JU added two more runs in the fourth when Murphy hit a two-run homer to right field.
The Bruins made it 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth after Ben Petsch hit a solo homer to left field. Belmont cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth when Dennis Gomez hit a solo home run to left field and Kane Simmons drove in a run with a single up the middle. The Bruins still threatened with a man on first and two outs until Jamieson picked off Simmons on first base to end the inning.
The Dolphins will return to Alexander Brest Field to face Villanova on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m..