SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2007
Late rally dooms JU against UNC-Greensboro
March 10, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville baseball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday as UNC-Greensboro rallied with three runs in the top of ninth to beat the Dolphins, 10-7.
Jacksonville (10-11) had just tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, but the Spartans' (7-6) Adam Deleo delivered with the bases loaded, lacing a two-out double down the left field line to clear the bases and put UNCG up for good.
"We just didn't make the plays today that we needed to win the ball game," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "They took advantage of our mistakes and that was the difference today."
UNC-Greensboro put up 14 hits in the contest, with Greg Feltes leading the way by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBIs, four of those courtesy of a grand slam in the second inning.
The Dolphins were held to eight hits, with Ryan McArdle the only player to record multiple hits - going 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI, belting his fourth home run of the season.
With the game tied at seven entering the top of the ninth, the Spartans opened the inning with back-to-back base hits by Guy Welsh and Scott Schneider, which was compounded by a Pete Clifford error, putting runners on second and third with nobody out.
The Dolphins went to the bullpen for Adam Rapoza, who got Sean Snell to pop out for the first out of the inning. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Rapoza got a ground ball right back to him - fired it back to the plate for the second out of the inning.
Still, the bases were loaded with JU one out away from escaping a major jam when Deleo ripped a shot down the line that cleared the bases and put the Spartans ahead for good.
UNCG's Clay Gibson (1-0) got the win, pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless relief with back-to-back strikeouts to end the game in the ninth.
Trailing 7-5 entering the bottom of the eight, JU battled back to tie the game. McArdle was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and was lifted for pinch runner Justin Young.
Thomas LePage followed with a base hit and while the Spartans were getting the ball back to the mound, Young headed for third where nobody was covering, giving JU runners at the corners with nobody out.
After a sacrifice bunt moved LePage into scoring position, Logan James ground ball to the right side looked to have driven one run in for sure, but the throw from the Tim Carrier got away from the first baseman - allowing both runners to score and tying the game.
Tim Brown (0-1) was tagged with the loss for JU, allowing three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings of work. He struck out four and walked one in the outing.
The Spartans had led from the start of the game, pushing a run across in the first and four in the second to take an early 5-0 lead. Schneider laced a double off the right field wall to drive in the first run and Feltes hit the grand slam in the second for the early margin.
JU clawed back into the game with two runs in the second. LePage drove in one run on a ground out and Matt Lopez drove in the other with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 5-2.
UNCG put another run on the board in the fourth as Schneider hit drove in his second run of the game with a base hit through the left side, taking a 6-2 lead.
The Dolphins continued to stay within striking distance, putting up a run in the fourth, fifth and seventh to trim the lead to one again, 6-5.
In the eighth, UNCG pushed across an insurance run to take a 7-5 lead, as Feltes' two-out single to left drove in Matt Gaski.
The Dolphins wrap up their four-game weekend on Sunday with a doubleheader against Western Michigan. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.