SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2007
Baseball falls to USF, 12-7, in wild contest
Feb. 17, 2007
TAMPA< Fla. - In a bizarre contest which featured 19 runs, 25 hits and six errors, the JU baseball team dropped its third-consecutive game with a 12-7 loss to USF, Saturday evening at Red McEwan Field.
JU (4-4) has allowed 30 hits, 11 walks and has hit five batters in two games against the Bulls while only recording one inning without allowing a runner on base.
USF (5-0) is off to its best start since 1982 despite committing six errors in two games against the Dolphins.
"We are starting to press too much right now instead of just playing baseball," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We are in a tough stretch but we need to start grinding it out as a team and get back to the basics of the game."
Senior D.J. Ackley was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in 2/3 inning. Freshman shortstop Chuck Opachich went 2-for-5 with an RBI in his first collegiate start and senior right fielder Mike McCallister also tallied two hits to lead the Dolphins.
Freshman Carson Andrew earned the no-decision despite hurling two scoreless innings with four strikeouts, including two consecutive punch outs with batter with runners on second and third with one out in the first inning.
Daniel Thomas (1-0) earned the win after allowing only two runs (one earned) on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts in five innings of work.
Brandin Daniel went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI to lead the Bulls. Braulio Pardo finished 3-for-5 with three RBI to also lead the squad.
JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first after a run scoring wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by senior third baseman Thomas LePage. Junior center fielder Kevin Ferriera reached on an error by shortstop Walter Diaz to lead off the inning and then stole second base.
Senior left fielder Pete Clifford walked and McCallister singled to center to load the bases before Ferriera scored from third after a wild pitch by Thomas. LePage followed with a drive to left field to score Clifford from third. It marked the first time the Dolphins have scored a run in the first inning this season.
USF took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third when Daniel hit a two-run homer over the scoreboard in right field and Pargo hit a two-run single through the left side.
The Bulls pushed the advantage to 7-2 in the fourth when Daniel knocked an RBI single to right field and Dexter Butler hit a two-run single to center. The Bulls added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Ty Taborelli drove in a run with a grounder to second.
JU cut the deficit to 8-4 in the top of the sixth when LePage scored on a throwing error by third baseman Addison Maruszak and freshman designated hitter Alex Martinez hit an RBI single to center.
The Bulls made it 10-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Butler hit an RBI single up the middle and then scored on a throwing error. USF added two more runs in the seventh when Daniel hit an RBI double and Joey Angelberger laced an RBI single to right field before getting gunned down at second to end the inning.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 12-7 in the top of the eighth when junior Ben Kerr scored on a fielding error by center fielder Mike Consolmagno, senior Jimmy Potucek scored on a fielding error by Butler at second and freshman Chuck Opachich drove in a run with a single to short.
JU will conclude its season series with USF on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Red McEwan Fi