SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2007
Baseball snake bit again in extra innings with 7-6 loss to Mercer in Game Two
March 31, 2007
MACON, Ga. - The use of junior closer Matt Davis on Friday came back to haunt the Dolphins in game two on Saturday as Mercer scored two runs in the ninth and two runs in the 10th to defeat the JU baseball team, 7-6, Saturday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.
JU (18-17, 3-6) dropped its second game of the weekend with a lead heading into the ninth inning despite going ahead in the 10th inning after an RBI single by senior second baseman Logan James.
Mercer (20-12, 6-3) took the series after scoring two runs in the bottom of the 10th after a fielding error on a sacrifice bunt and a bases loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch.
"We've been seeing this happen a lot this year," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Last year these types of games went our way but this year is a whole different story."
Freshman Glenn Witkowski (3-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits without recording an out in the 10th.
Junior Matt Dobbins hurled 4.1 innings of scoreless relief in which he walked four and struck out three batters. Included in his performance, he ended three consecutive inning with ground ball double plays (second, third and fourth).
Josh Lowey (2-0) earned the win despite allowing a run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief. Steven Karwatt led the Bears by finishing 3-for-4 with a double a two RBI.
The Dolphins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first after an RBI single to right by Clifford and a run scoring error at third base.
Junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira led off the inning with a walk and then moved to second with a stolen base. With out, Clifford pulled a pitch to right field to plate Ferreira and then got gunned out at home on a double to left field by senior first baseman Ryan McArdle. As Clifford was tagged at the plate, McArdle moved to third and then jogged home when catcher Josh Thompson's throw got away from third baseman Steven Karwatt.
The Bears evened the contest, 2-2, in the bottom of the second when Karwatt hit an RBI double to left center and Nick Dimauro hit an RBI single up the middle.
JU took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning when freshman third baseman Chuck Opachich drove in a run with a fielder's choice to second.
Junior shortstop Matt Lopez led off the inning with a single to second and then advanced to second on a close play at first base off a grounder by senior second baseman Logan James. After a single up the middle by Ferreira moved Lopez to third, Opachich beat out an attempted double play to score Lopez.
The Dolphins added another run in the top of the sixth when junior right fielder John Tiner hit an RBI single to right.
With one out, senior catcher Jimmy Potucek hit a stand-up double to center after it got past a diving Eric Renfroe. In the next at-bat, Tiner went with a pitch to right center and dropped in a single to drive in Potucek.
JU made it 5-2 in the top of the eighth when Potucek hit an RBI double to right-center field with one out.
With one out, senior catcher Donnie Vickers hit a double to left-center field on a 1-2 pitch and then scored when Potucek drove an 0-2 pitch into the right-center gap.
The Bears cut the margin to 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth when Karwatt hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Mike Armstrong. With a runner on first and two out, Yates entered the game and got pinch-hitter Tyler Brown to ground into a force out at second.
Mercer evened the contest, 5-5, in the bottom of the ninth when Renfroe hit a two-run homer over the right-field wall with one out.
With the score tied, 5-5, the Dolphins put a run across in the top of the 10th inning when James pushed a ball through the left side to score senior pinch-runner Justin Young from second base. Young rounded third when the ball rolled through and knocked the ball away from Thompson with a collision at the plate.
The Dolphins will return to Alexander Brest Field to host Campbell beginning on Friday with a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m.