Baseball Falls Short in Offensive Showcase, 8-7, to Georgia Southern

April 27, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) finished 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI and the Dolphins hit three home runs in the fifth inning, but JU baseball eventually fell to Georgia Southern, 8-7, Wednesday evening at J.I. Clements Field. Seniors Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.) and Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.) and sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) each recorded a solo home run to spark a five run fifth inning. JU (20-24) snaps a three-game winning streak, while Georgia Southern (28-12) evened the season series between the two schools, 1-1.

David Cogswell (1-0) earned the win after hurling 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Freshman Matt Dobbins (Longwood, Fla.) was tagged with the loss (0-1) after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with a strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief.

JU took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second when Jamieson scored from first on multiple GSU errors and freshman Matt Lopez (Oviedo, Fla.) drove in a run with a double to right-center field. After Jamieson led off with a base hit to short, sophomore Logan James (Clearwater, Fla.) hit a high bouncer towards the hole on the right side. Eagles first baseman Greg Dowling made the snare with his momentum heading towards second and tried to make his only play at first base. GSU starter A.J. Battisto attempted to cover the bag, but the throw went wide up the first base line. Battisto recovered the ball and tried to gun down James at second, but the throw went into to center, allowing Jamieson to score. Lopez followed with a double to right center to score James from third.

Georgia Southern took a 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth after a solo home run to left by Logan Phillips, a three-run homer to dead center by Flint Wipke, an RBI single down the right-field line by Brent Stephens and a sacrifice fly to right by James Payne.

JU took a 7-6 lead in the top of the fifth after scoring five runs on four hits while taking advantage of two Eagles errors. After McHugh hit a solo home run to center field, sophomore Doug Fowler (High Point, N.C.) reached on an error by second baseman Brett Pelfrey. Murphy followed with a triple into the left-field corner. Clifford tied the contest with a solo homer to right before Jamieson followed with a solo shot to center.

The Eagles recaptured the lead, 8-7, after a solo home run down the left-field line by Jason Hurst and Dowling scored on a fielding error at third by James.

JU will next travel to Stetson to face the Hatters in a three-game series beginning on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on 1320, The Patriot with Cole Pepper calling the action.