THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2005
Nine Early Runs Leads No. 27 Troy to 16-6 Win Over Baseball
May 19, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) finished 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI but No. 27 Troy scored nine runs in the first three innings en route to a 16-6 win over JU baseball, Thursday evening at Alexander Brest Field. Junior Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with a home run, sophomore Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) finished 2-for-4 and sophomore Preston Pehrson (Annapolis, Md.) hit a home run in consecutive games to lead the Dolphin offense. JU (21-31, 11-17) was officially eliminated from Atlantic Sun Conference Championship play when Gardner-Webb defeated Lipscomb, 7-5, in the first game of a doubleheader. Troy (36-17, 23-5) has already clinched the first seed and will face Gardner-Webb in the first round of the tournament.
Brent Adcock (11-2) earned the win after allowing six runs (four earned) on 12 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 8.0 innings. Adam Godwin finished 4-for-6 with three stolen bases to push his NCAA leading total to 81 on the year.
Junior LHP Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) was tagged with the loss (2-6) after allowing nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.
Troy jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after scoring five runs in the second and four runs in the third inning.
JU made it 9-1 in the bottom of the third when Clifford hit an RBI single to left field.
After the Trojans made it 11-1, the Dolphins scored five runs on six hits and took advantage of one Troy error in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Pehrson pulled a solo shot over the right-field fence and Gronkowski followed with a line drive over the left-center wall. After a double down the third-base line by sophomore Logan James (Jacksonville/Clearwater) and an infield single by senior Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.), sophomore Doug Fowler (High Point, N.C.) drove in a run with a grounder to second, which Bryan Madril dropped before inducing an inning-ending double-play. With two outs, Clifford cleared the bases with a double to right center.
Troy answered with two runs in the top of the fifth after an RBI double by Blake Green and a run scoring wild pitch. The Trojans added two more runs in the seventh and a run in the ninth to end the scoring in the contest.
JU continues its series against Troy on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on ESPN 1460 with Cole Pepper calling the action and Travis Baptist providing color commentary. The contest will also feature Senior Night before the contest, as seven seniors will be honored for their contributions to the program.