FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005
Good Pitching and Timely Hitting Gives Baseball a 5-3 Win Over No. 27 Troy
May 20, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior LHP Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) won his ninth game and senior RHP Hunter Davis (Wakulla, Fla.) notched his 10th save of the season to lead JU baseball to a 5-3 win over No. 27 Troy, Friday evening at Alexander Brest Field. Sophomore Doug Fowler (High Point, N.C.) finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base to lead the Dolphin offense. JU (22-31, 12-17) snapped a five-game skid and won its second game against a ranked opponent, while Troy (36-18, 23-6) had its winnings streak against JU end at five games.
DeVries (9-3) got the win after allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. He also retired the first 12 batters he faced before allowing a walk in the fifth. Davis moved into third place in the Dolphin single season record book after hurling 3.0 innings of hitless relief with two strikeouts. Senior Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.), junior Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) and sophomores Logan James (Clearwater, Fla.) and Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) also finished with multiple hits in the contest.
Landon Brazell (8-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on 14 hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
With a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh, DeVries gave up a leadoff single to Jared Keel. Davis entered the contest and retired the next three batters to seal the game.
JU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Fowler laced an RBI single to center with two outs. The Dolphins made it 4-0 in the fourth when McHugh laced an RBI single to right center, Fowler dumped an RBI bunt single to third and James hit an RBI single to right field.
Troy cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fifth Chase Amis hit a two-run single through the left side to break up a no-hitter.
The Dolphins answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth when Gronkowski drove in a run with an RBI single to short.
The Trojans made it 5-3 in the sixth when Henry Gutierrez hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
JU concludes the 2005 regular season against No. 27 Troy tomorrow at 1 p.m. The contest can be heard live on 1320, The Patriot with Cole Pepper calling the action.