SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2007
Baseball dismantles Western Michigan, 15-3, in game one
March 11, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior left fielder Pete Clifford extended his hitting streak to 15 games while the Dolphins scored in each of the first six innings as the JU baseball team defeated Western Michigan, 15-3, Sunday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (11-11) has won six out its last seven games after pounding out 15 runs on 13 hits. Western Michigan (4-7) finished with 10 hits in the contest but left 12 runners on base.
Senior Justin Young (2-3) earned the win after allowing two runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work. Sophomore Josh Burrows earned his first career save after hurling three innings of relief to end the contest.
Clifford finished 2-for-3 with a game-high three RBI to pull within one game of his career-high hitting streak of 16 games, which he set in 2004. Junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira, senior right fielder Mike McCallister, sophomore catcher Brad Simmons and freshman designated hitter Alex Martinez each finished with two hits to contribute to the onslaught.
Kyle Kendzicky (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs in four hits with three walks and a strikeout in 2.1 innings. Brett Newsome and Pedro Dager each finished with three hits to lead the Broncos.
JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Clifford hit an RBI single to right center and later scored on a wild pitch.
Ferreira led off with a single to short and then stole second base. After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman third baseman Chuck Opachich, Clifford drove in Ferreira with a liner to right center. After stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch by Kendzicky, Clifford crossed the plate after another wild pitch by Kendzicky.
WMU cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second when Brett Newsome hit an RBI single to left.
The Dolphins made it 4-1 in the bottom of the second when senior second baseman Logan James scored on a wild pitch by Kendzicky and Opachich drove in a run with a grounder to first.
With one out, James dropped a bunt single to third and then moved to second when junior shortstop Benn Kerr was hit by a pitch. After a walk to Ferreira, James Kendzicky bounced a pitch to score James and Opachich followed with a 3-2 to first base to plate Kerr.
JU increased the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third when freshman Alex Martinez hit an RBI single up the middle and Kerr drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center.
Senior right fielder Mike McCallister led off the inning with a single to right and then moved to second after a walk to sophomore catcher Brad Simmons. With the runners moving, Martinez knocked a shot back up the middle to score McCallister. After a walk to James, Kerr hit a drive to center to score Simmons.
The Dolphins made it 10-2 in the top of the fourth when Clifford hit an RBI single up the middle, Simmons hit a two-run single through the right side and James drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left.
Opachich led off the inning with a walk and then stole second base before coming home on a single by Clifford. After consecutive hit by pitches to load the bases, Simmons pulled a ball through the right side to drive in two runs. With one out, James hit a drive to left field to score senior first baseman Ryan McArdle.
JU made it 14-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Clifford hit a sacrifice fly to center, McCallister laced an RBI single to center, McArdle drove in a run with sacrifice fly to right and Martinez hit an RBI double down the left-field line.
The Dolphins increased the margin to 15-2 when pinch-hitter Stefan Hertel drew a bases loaded walk.
The Broncos made it 15-3 in the top of the eighth when Zach Gentile hit a sacrifice fly to center.