FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2007
Baseball outlasts UConn, 5-4

March 9, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Another strong effort from the pitching staff overshadowed a night in which the offense struggled to get five hits, leading Jacksonville to a 5-4 win over UConn for its fifth straight win on Friday night at Alexander Brest Field.

Chris Rusler (1-0) got the win and Glenn Witkowski recorded his first career save for JU as the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to seal the win.

The offense was led again by Pete Clifford. The reigning "Player of the Week" in the Atlantic Sun Conference is making his case to repeat after going 2-for-4 with a run scored and four runs batted in - all coming on a grand slam, his fourth of the season.

"We didn't do a lot offensively, but we managed to win the ball game," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We just have to come back to work tomorrow and focus on getting better as a team."

Jacksonville (10-10) fell behind 1-0 in the top of the third when UConn's Peter Fatse laced a RBI double down the left field line to drive in Matt Karl.

The Dolphins answered with four in the bottom half of the inning - all the runs coming off Clifford's fourth homer of the season.

The Huskies (2-8) clawed back into the game with a run in the sixth and tied the game with two in the seventh.

Dale Brannon's single into right center drove in Josh Farkes in the sixth to cut the JU lead to 4-2.

In the seventh, the JU defense unraveled behind Carson Andrew, as a Ryan McArdle throw to second went into the outfield to allow Matt Untiet to score and cut the deficit to one, 4-3.

With Pat Mahoney on third and one out, David Yates came on in relief of Andrew, and gave up a sacrifice fly to Fatse as the Huskies tied the game at four.

In the bottom half of the seventh, JU pushed a run across to retake the lead without the luxury of a single hit. Logan James reached on a leadoff walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, made it to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a passed ball to put the Dolphins on top for good.

Andrew did not factor in the decision for JU, allowing four runs, one earned, on seven hits in six innings of work. He struck out six and walked just one.

Mike Tarsi (1-1) got the loss for UConn, allowing five runs, three earned on just three hits in 6.1 innings of action. He struck out seven and walked five.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Saturday as they face UNC-Greensboro. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.