FRIDAY, APRIL 06, 2007
Baseball uses Mercy Rule on Campbell in game one, 11-1
April 6, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Justin Young tallied hits second complete-game victory and senior first baseman Thomas LePage went 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead the JU baseball team to an 11-1 win over Campbell in seven innings, Friday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader at Alexander Brest Field.
The contest was shortened due to a Mercy Rule in conference doubleheaders.
JU (19-17, 4-6) pounded out 11 runs on 14 hits including a game-high five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Campbell (7-25, 2-8) finished with only three hits in the contest and plated one run off of Young in the top of the third.
Justin Young (4-3) earned the complete-game win after allowing only one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts in seven innings. His first complete game came in a 5-1 win over Kennesaw State on March 23.
Senior first baseman Thomas LePage led the Dolphin offense by going 4-for-4 with three RBI. Senior left fielder Pete Clifford finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira also added three hits.
Justin Lilly (0-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings.
JU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Opachich hit an RBI double to left center, Clifford hit an RBI double to right and LePage hit an RBI single to right.
Ferreira led off the inning by beating out a grounder off the glove of Lilly and then scored when Opachich struck a ball in the left-field gap. Clifford followed with a lined shot down the right-field line to drive in Opachich. With one out, LePage pulled the first pitch he saw through the right side to score Clifford.
Campbell cut the deficit to 3-1 in the top of the third when Carlton Floyd hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Zach Johnson.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth when senior second baseman Logan James hit an RBI ground out, Clifford hit an RBI single to right and a run scored on fielding error by Johnson at second.
LePage led off the inning with a single to right and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Donnie Vickers. LePage advanced on an infield hit to third by junior shortstop Matt Lopez and then scored when James was thrown out at first base. After James hit a slow tapper in front of the plate, LePage broke for home when catcher Todd Matthews went to first base. When first baseman Jacob Allen went back to the plate, LePage slid under the tag to score the first run.
The second run came across when Lopez scored from third on Johnson's fielding error off the bat off Opachich. Johnson broke towards third on the hit and run attempt but squared up for the grounder which rolled under his glove into center field. Clifford plated the final run of the inning when he pulled a single through the right side to score Ferreira from third.
JU pushed the lead to 11-1 in the bottom of the sixth when James hit an RBI single through the right side, Opachich hit an RBI single through the left side, Clifford hit an RBI single through the right side and LePage hit a two-run single into left field when Ryan Hamme lost the ball in the sun.