SATURDAY, APRIL 07, 2007
Baseball holds off Campbell, 5-3, to earn sweep
April 7, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Seniors Pete Clifford and Mike McCallister each went yard and junior Matt Davis hurled three shutout innings of relief for the win to lead the JU baseball team to a 5-3 victory over Campbell, Saturday afternoon in the series finale at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (21-17, 6-6) swept its first A-Sun series of the season and solidified its hold for a bid to the 2007 Progress Energy Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
Campbell (7-27, 2-10) dropped its third consecutive game despite out hitting the Dolphins by a 13-7 margin.
"We needed a sweep coming into this series and we took care of business this weekend," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We have a tough game against Florida State on Tuesday and a big challenge this weekend against Gardner-Webb. Hopefully this weekend sets the tone for the rest of the season."
Davis (1-1) notched his first win of the season after allowing no runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in three innings. Junior Matt Dobbins earned the no-decision despite allowing only three runs (two earned) on seven hits with two walks and a season-high six strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work.
Senior first baseman Ryan McArdle went 2-for-4 to also add to the Dolphin offense.
Blake Herring (1-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts in eight innings.
With the score tied, 3-3, the Dolphins took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh when McCallister connected on his third home run of the season with a two-run shot. With two outs, Clifford drew a walk on four pitches before McCallister laced a 1-1 pitch over the wall down the right-field line.
Brandon Scott led all batters by going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Daniel Smith went 3-for-5 to also contribute to the Camel offense.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Clifford connected on his team-leading seventh home run of the season.
Junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira led off the inning with a sharp single to right and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman third baseman Chuck Opachich. Clifford followed with a towering shot over the right-center wall on a 1-0 pitch.
The Camels threatened with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the fourth but Dobbins got Blake Lowry to ground out to short for the force at second and end the threat.
JU increased the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth when McArdle scored from third on a fielding error by Ryan Hamme at first base with two outs in the inning.
McArdle led off the inning with a single to right field and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore catcher Brad Simmons. After McArdle moved to third on a grounder to second by junior shortstop Matt Lopez, senior second baseman Logan James hit a routine grounder to short but Henne could not keep the throw in his glove.
Campbell evened the contest, 3-3, in the top of the fifth when Brandon Scott hit an RBI double to left, Hamme hit an RBI double to right center and a run scored on a throwing error with two outs in the inning.
The Dolphins will next face No. 1 Florida State at Mike Martin Field on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The contest can be heard live on WZNZ, ESPN-1460 with Barry Milligan calling all the action. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will air at 5:45 p.m.