TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2007
Baseball falls to No. 1 Florida State, 7-2
April 10, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Dolphins took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and dodged several bullets before the Seminoles broke things open as the JU baseball team dropped a 7-2 contest to No. 1 Florida State, Tuesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.
JU (21-18) dropped its 25th consecutive game at Dick Howser Stadium after snapping an 18-game losing steak to the Seminoles with a 5-3 win on March 21 at Alexander Brest Field.
FSU (32-4) pounded out seven run on 13 hits, including a pair of two-run home runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Senior D.J. Ackley (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in 0.1 innings of work. Junior Adam Rapoza earned the no-decision in his first collegiate start after hurling two scoreless innings in a predetermined start.
Bo O'Dell (3-0) earned the win after allowing one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in a career-high six innings of work. At one point, O'Dell retired 12-of-13 batters after being struck in the face by a grounder back up the middle in the second inning.
"You can't keep playing with fire and expect to not get burned," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Florida State is too good of a team to keep having runners on base and trying to keep them from scoring. We just danced around the fire too much tonight."
The Dolphins took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Clifford hit an RBI single through the right side.
Junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira led off the game with a walk and then moved to second on a wild pitch by O'Dell. After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Chuck Opachich, Ferreira scored when Clifford pulled a ball through the right side as the Seminole defense charged to the grass to try and contain the run.
The Seminoles threatened in the bottom of the first with a runner on third base and one out but Rapoza struck out Buster Posey and Ferreira tracked down a deep drive to right center off the bat of Jack Rye to end the inning.
FSU was ready to strike again in the bottom of the second with the bases loaded an only one out but Rapoza got Brandon Reichert to ground into an inning-ending double-play.
After stranding three runners in the first three innings, the Seminoles finally struck in the bottom of the third with four runs after a pair of two-run home runs by Rye and Dennis Guinn.
FSU made it 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Posey scored from third on a passed ball with the bases loaded.
The Seminoles increased the lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the seventh when Guinn hit a sacrifice fly to center and Rye scored from third on a passed ball.
JU cut the deficit to 7-2 in the top of the eighth after an RBI groundout to short by senior right fielder Mike McCallister.
With one out, Opachich laced a double down the third-base line and then moved to second after Clifford drew a walk. Following a wild pitch, McCallister hit a grounder to short to score Opachich.
The Dolphins will next travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to face Gardner-Webb in Atlantic Sun Conference action. The three-game series begins on Friday at 3 p.m. before concluding with a noon doubleheader on Saturday.