TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2007
Baseball rallies and holds a 6-2 win over Bethune-Cookman
March 20, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - After trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, the Dolphins scored six unanswered runs while the bullpen held onto the lead as the JU baseball team defeated Bethune-Cookman, 6-2, Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
JU (15-13) snapped a two-game slide by scoring four runs on 10 hits and rallying from behind to win for the seventh time when opponents score first.
BCC (9-17) dropped its second straight game to the Dolphins despite taking an early lead in both contests.
"This was a good win for us because we had some tough losses over the weekend," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We need to take this momentum into tomorrow when we face the number one team in the country."
Freshman Glenn Witkowski (3-2) earned the win after hurling two innings of shutout relief. Junior Mattt Davis notched his third save of the season after throwing two innings of scoreless relief. Junior Matt Dobbins got the no-decision in his first action in over two weeks. He finished the game allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Senior right fielder Mike McCallister led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira, senior designated hitter Ryan McArdle, senior first baseman Thomas LePage and junior shortstop Matt Gardner each added two hits. For Gardner, who is normally a fixture in the starting rotation, it was his first hits as a Dolphin.
Hiram Burgos () was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout in 5.1 innings.
The Wildcats got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI fielder's choice to short by Chris Henault and an RBI single up the middle by Chris Brown.
The Dolphins evened the score, 2-2, in the top of the fifth when freshman third baseman Chuck Opachich hit a two-run single through the right side with two outs.
Senior first baseman Thomas LePage led off the inning with a single up the middle and then moved to second on a past ball. After consecutive walks to junior shortstop Matt Gardner and junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira, Opachich hit a spinning chopper over the head of Jose Almonte at second to plate both runners. At the end of the play, Ferreira was caught in a run down between third and home to end the inning.
JU took its first lead of the game, 3-2, in the top of the sixth when LePage hit an RBI single up the middle.
With one out, McCallister and senior first baseman Ryan McArdle hit consecutive singles and then each player advanced a base on a balk by Wildcat reliever Phil Enright. LePage followed with a single up the middle to plate McCallister but McArdle was caught in a run down between third and home and was out at the plate.
The Wildcats threatened in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on third an two outs but junior Adam Rapoza got Almonte to ground out to Gardner at short to end the inning. On the play, Gardner back handed the ball in the hole and then fired off his back foot to LePage at first.
BCC threatened again in the bottom of the eighth with a runner on third and two outs but senior catcher Donnie Vickers gunned a passed ball to junior Matt Davis at the plate to tag Jose Ortiz on an attempt to score to end the inning.
The Dolphins put the game away with three runs in the top of the ninth after an RBI hit by pitch for senior left fielder Pete Clifford with the bases loaded and a two-run single through the left side by McCallister.
JU return to Alexander Brest Field on Wednesday to host No. 1 Florida State at 6 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on WZNZ, ESPN 1460 with Barry Milligan calling all of the action. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will begin at 5:45 p.m.