SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2007
Baseball defeats Bethune-Cookman, 6-2
Feb. 4, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
The JU baseball team bounced back in a big way as the Dolphins pounded out six runs on 11 hits while junior Matt Dobbins earned his first win of the year in a 6-2 decision over Bethune-Cookman, Saturday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (3-1) won its first home series of the year after scoring only one run against Bethune-Cookman (1-2) on Saturday.
"It was a good bounce back win for us but I have a lot of respect for Bethune-Cookman," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "I would have liked to win all three games but there is no way it could happen with how good they played this weekend.
Dobbins (1-0) notched his first win of the season after allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings of work. Junior David Yates and senior Justin Young each combined for three innings of scoreless relief.
Offensively, senior second baseman Logan James, junior shortstop Matt Lopez, senior right fielder Mike McCallister, senior first baseman Ryan McArdle and junior center fielder John Tiner each finished with two hits. McArdle drove in three runs with his first home run as a Dolphin and Tiner also knocked in two runs.
Hiram Birgos (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in four innings of work. Chris Henault led the Wildcats by going 2-for-3 from the plate with a solo home run.
BCC jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Angel Mercado laced an RBI single to left field with two outs.
JU took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second when McArdle tagged his first Dolphin home run to left center field with two runners on. McCallister led off the inning with a double to right center and senior third baseman followed with a walk before McArdle cleared the bases.
BCC cut the deficit to 3-2 when Chris Henault led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run down the left-field line.
The Dolphins pushed the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth Tiner hit a two-run single back up the middle. McArdle led off the inning with a double to the left corner and sophomore designated hitter drew a walk before senior catcher Jimmy Potucek moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt to third. With the infield drawn in, Tiner laced a ball back up the middle to clear the bases.
JU made it 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth when junior shortstop Matt Lopez led off with a triple to right center before scoring on a wild pitch by Joseph Gautier.
JU will next host Florida A&M on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.