Timely hitting leads Baseball to 7-1 win over UConn

March 7, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Timely hitting and strong outings on the mound led the JU baseball team to 7-1 win over UConn on Wednesday night at Alexander Brest Field.

The Dolphins (9-10) won their fourth straight by pounding out seven hits, five of which drove in runs - with the biggest being a three-run homer in the eighth by Brad Simmons to put the game out of reach.

Adam Rapoza combined with starter Garrett Dunlap to hold the Huskies (1-6) to just four hits in the game. Rapoza allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings of work to get his first win of the season.

"We got two good outings on the mound tonight, which kept us in the ball game," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Our offense stepped up and got some key hits late to win the game."

Simmons was the leader on the offense, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Kevin Ferreira, Chuck Opachich, Ryan McArdle and Logan James also drove in a run for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins got on board first, scoring a run in the bottom of third on Opachich's two-out double down the left field line to drive in James.

Meanwhile, Dunlap was perfect on the mound for JU through the first 4.2 innings of work before giving up three straight hits which resulted in UConn tying the game in the fifth.

Dunlap was lifted for Rapoza who squelched the scoring threat and went the rest of the way for the win.

The Dolphins regained the lead in the seventh with two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Simmons led off the inning with a triple down the right field line and scored on McArdle's sacrifice fly to center field to take a 2-1 lead.

James then made the score 3-1 when his two-out single up the middle drove in Thomas LePage from second to give JU some insurance.

The Dolphins put the game away in the bottom of the eighth with four runs. After a one-out double by Pete Clifford was compounded with a wild pitch that allowed him to get to third, the Huskies intentionally walked Mike McCallister to get to Simmons.

On the first pitch from reliever Will Musson, Simmons launched his home run over the right field wall to put JU on top 6-1.

After a LePage single was followed by walks to Matt Lopez and James to load the bases, Ferreira laced a single through the left side of the infield, driving home LePage but Lopez was gunned out at the plate to give JU a comfortable 7-1 lead.

Doug Jennings (0-1) got the loss for UConn after giving up four runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work. Starter Dusty Odenbach kept the Dolphins off balance, allowing one run on one hit while walking four and striking out seven in the first six innings.

The Dolphins face the Huskies again on Friday afternoon, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.