SATURDAY, APRIL 02, 2005
Baseball Powers Past Florida Atlantic, 8-1
April 2, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Edgewood) went 5-for-5 with five RBI, sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) finished 4-for-5 with four RBI and junior RHP Neal Frontz (Jacksonville/Trinity Christian/Florida College) hurled 8.0 shutout innings to lead JU baseball to an 8-1 win over Florida Atlantic, Saturday evening at Alexander Brest Field. JU (15-16, 5-9 A-Sun) will have an opportunity to defeat FAU in a season series for the first time since 1994, while FAU (17-10, 6-5 A-Sun) scored less than two runs for only the second time this season.
Murphy, who became the first Dolphin to record five hits in a contest since Grant Conyers (Western Michigan - March 2, 1999), recorded his first-career triple and his second home run of the season. Clifford also came close to the cycle by tallying a double and his team-tying fourth homer of the year.
Frontz (5-1) earned the win after allowing only five hits while walking two and striking out three in 8.0 innings. Junior Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) was the only other Dolphin to finish with multiple hits.
Mike Crotta (4-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five run on nine hits while walking one and striking out two in 5.0 innings of work. JU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Murphy hit a three-run homer over the right-field wall. The Dolphins made it 5-0 in the fifth after a solo homer by Clifford and an RBI base hit by Brickle.
JU increased the lead to 7-0 in the sixth when Clifford hit a run-scoring single to short and Murphy hit an RBI single to center. The Dolphins added another run in the eighth after an RBI single to center by Clifford. FAU finally got on the board in the ninth when Tyler Stevens drew a bases loaded walk.
JU and Florida Atlantic will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday, April 3, at 1 p.m. at Alexander Breast Field. The game will be heard live on 1320, The Patriot with Cole Pepper handling the play-by-play, while former Dolphin Jason Ryals provides color commentary.