SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2007
Mistakes add up in Baseball's 12-5 loss to Kennesaw State in game two
March 24, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Another bad first inning doomed the Dolphins again as the JU baseball team dropped its A-Sun series against Kennesaw State with a 12-5 loss, Saturday afternoon in game two of a doubleheader at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (17-15, 2-4) dropped its second consecutive conference series for the first time since 2005, including the final two games of the weekend in consecutive weeks.
Kennesaw State (16-9, 2-1) pounded out 12 runs on 10 hits but scored eight unearned runs on two Dolphin errors.
"This is not the way to end a week after the start that we had coming in," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Luckily, we have almost a week off before we play again so we can use that time to rest up and refocus our efforts against Mercer. This is a tough conference and the road doesn't get any easier as you look down the schedule."
Junior Matt Dobbins (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (none earned ) off one hit and three walks in 0.2 innings. Junior Matt Davis came on to strike out the side in the ninth to end an impressive week in which he notched two saves and did not allow a run in 3.2 innings (three appearances).
Freshman Alex Martinez swung the hottest stick in the least amount of at-bats by going 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Senior right fielder Mike McAllister and senior second baseman Logan James also went 2-for-4 on the evening.
Kyle Heckathorn (3-0) earned the win after allowing only two runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings of work. Jay Marrow led the KSU offense by going 3-for-5 with four RBI.
The Owls jumped out to another early lead, 4-0, in the first inning after an RBI groundout to second by Jay Morrow, an RBI bases loaded walk by Andrew Martin and a two-run single through the right side by Tyler Stubblefield.
KSU increased the lead to 5-0 in the top of the second when Morrow hit an RBI single up the middle with two outs.
The Dolphins cut the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the second when senior Ryan McArdle hit an RBI grounder to second with one out. McCallister led off the inning with a triple off the right-field wall and later scored when McArdle pushed a ball to second.
The Owls pushed the advantage to 6-1 in the top of the third when Jacob Robbins hit a sacrifice fly to left with the bases loaded and one out.
JU cut the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth when freshman third baseman Chuck Opachich hit an RBI double to left center.
With one out James hit a single to right field but was tagged out on his way to second on a fielder's choice to second by senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira. After Ferreira stole second, Opachich crushed a 3-2 pitch over the head of Morrow in left field.
KSU made it 8-2 in the top of the sixth after back-to-back sacrifice flies by Jace Whitmer and Matt Dallas.
The Owls increased the lead to 12-2 in the top of the seventh after a two-run single to left by Morrow and a two-run double to left center by Whitmer.
The Dolphins made it 12-3 in the bottom of the seventh when James hit an RBI single through the left side.
Martinez led off the inning with a single up the middle and then moved to second on a wild pitch by KSU reliever Kyle Maschara. James followed with a single through the right side to drive in Martinez.
JU cut the deficit to 12-5 in the bottom of the eighth after an RBI double by Martinez and an RBI infield single by junior shortstop Ben Kerr.
With one out, McCallister reached on an infield single to third and then moved to second on a bloop single to right by senior catcher Jimmy Potucek. With two outs, Martinez ripped a pitch down the left-field line to score McCallister before Kerr followed with an infield single in the hole to short to plate Potucek.
The Dolphins will next travel to Mercer for a three-game series in Macon, Ga., beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.