SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2007
Baseball ends weekend with 4-2 loss to Michigan State
Feb. 25, 2007
MOBILE, Ala. - The Dolphins got a rude awaking after swinging hot bats yesterday as the JU baseball team fell to Michigan State, 4-2, Sunday afternoon at Stanky Field in the final day of the Coca-Cola Classic.
JU (5-7) managed only four hits in the contest after scoring 14 runs on 18 hits on Saturday against host South Alabama.
Michigan State (1-2) earned its first win of the season after breaking the game open with three runs in the fourth inning.
"I thought we would come out swinging after our game last night but that was not the case," said JU head coach Terry Alexander, who had to sit out the contest after being ejected on Saturday. "We got some strong pitching today but we could not get the hit we needed when we had runners on base."
Senior Justin Young (1-2) was tagged with the loss in his first career start despite allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Senior David Yates allowed only one hit and no walks in two innings of relief. Senior right fielder Mike McCallister and senior left fielder Pete Clifford each finished with two hits to lead the Dolphin offense. McCallister extended his season-high hitting streak to nine games.
John Dwan (1-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work. Dennis Jones led the Spartans with two hits and two RBI in the contest.
MSU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Chris Roberts laced an RBI single back up the middle with two outs and a man on second base.
JU evened the score in the top of the fourth when freshman designated hitter Alex Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to right field. Clifford led off the inning with a bloop single down the left-field line and McCallister followed with a base hit back up the middle. After advancing to third on a fly to center by senior first baseman Ryan McArdle, Clifford scored on a drive to right by Martinez.
The Spartans made it 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Eli Boike hit an RBI single to right and Jones drove in two runs with a single to center field with two outs in the inning.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 4-2 in the top of the eighth when McCallister hit a sacrifice fly to center. Senior second baseman Logan James drew a walk and junior centerfielder Stewart Kelly was hit by a pitch to open the inning. After Boike made a diving play in right to rob freshman third baseman Chuck Opachich of a hit, Clifford pulled a ball to right field to load the bases. McCallister followed with a fly ball to center to score James from third.
JU will next travel to Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 4 p.m.