TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005
Pehrson's Power Not Enough in 12-5 Loss to No. 10 Florida State
May 17, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sophomore Preston Pehrson (Annapolis, Md.) finished 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI and freshman Matt Lopez (Oviedo, Fla.) added his first collegiate home run, but No. 10 Florida State broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the sixth to defeat JU baseball, 12-5, Tuesday evening at Mike Martin Field. Sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) also finished with multiple hits in the contest. JU (21-30) lost its 13th consecutive game to the Seminoles and its 22nd consecutive game at Mike Martin Field, while Florida State (47-14) sweeps the season series, 4-0.
Kevin Lynch (10-0) earned the win after allowing no runs on one hit with a strikeout in 1.1 innings of relief.
Junior Neal Frontz (Jacksonville/Trinity Christian/Florida JC) was tagged with the loss (6-6) after allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.
Florida State took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third after Shane Robinson scored from second on a throwing error by Logan James (Clearwater, Fla.) and Ryne Malone scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Aaron Cheeseman. After Robinson led off the inning with a double down the third-base line, Malone hit a sacrifice bunt towards James at third. James made the play cleanly, but his throw sailed high at first base, which allowed Robinson to score.
JU cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Lopez hit a solo shot over the left-field wall. For Lopez, it was the first home run of his collegiate career. The Dolphins evened the contest, 2-2, when Pehrson hit a solo shot over the right-center wall. For Pehrson, it was his second home run of the season.
The Seminoles took a 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Malone scored on a sacrifice squeeze by Daniel Wardell, Josh Spivey drove in a run with a single to center and Ryne Jernigan drove in a run from third with a pop bunt down the third-base line.
The Dolphins evened the contest, 5-5, in the top of the sixth after a three-run homer to right by Pehrson. After Lopez reached on a fielder's choice and junior Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) drew a walk, Pehrson pulled a 2-0 pitch over the right-field fence for his second home run of the contest. It marked the first time this season in which the Seminoles allowed three home runs in a contest.
FSU took a 9-5 advantage in the bottom of the sixth when Shane Robinson and Malone led off the inning with back-to-back home runs, Gibbs Chapman scored from third on a throwing error to third by senior Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.) and Tony Thomas, Jr. drew a bases loaded walk. The Seminoles made it 11-5 in the bottom of the seventh after Malone scored on a grounder to short and pinch hitter Dennis Guinn drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field. FSU made it 12-5 in the bottom of the eighth when pinch hitter Brant Peacher hit a solo home run to left field.
JU will host a three-game series against Troy to end the 2005 regular season beginning on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on ESPN 1460 with Cole Pepper calling the action.