SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2007
Mistakes prove costly as Baseball falls to #18 Stetson, 6-3
April 21, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mistakes cost the Hatters in game one, so mistakes was the story for JU baseball in game two as No. 18 Stetson rallied for six run in the seventh and eighth inning to defeat the Dolphins, 6-3, Saturday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (24-20, 9-8) left seven runners on base, including bases loaded in the first, and could not take advantage of eight walks by the Stetson pitching staff.
Stetson (31-11, 14-3) finished with a game-high nine hits but only had three RBI in the contest as the JU defense allowed four unearned runs.
"We were sitting in good position but our defense did not come through for us today," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Offensively, we had a chance to bury them early but we couldn't find the big hit when we needed it."
Junior Matt Gardner (5-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits with a walk in six innings of work. Only four Dolphins recorded a hit in the contest but senior right fielder Mike McCallister had the lone extra base hit of the day with a solo homer in the third.
Chris Ingoglia (8-2) earned the win after allowing only two runs while scattering three hits with six walks and a strikeout in seven innings. Shane Jordan, Casey Frawley and Erich Holland each finished with two hits to lead the Hatters.
The Hatters threatened in the top of the first with runners on the corners and no outs but senior left fielder Pete Clifford gunned down Shane Jordan at the plate for a double-play after he attempted to tag up on a shallow fly. Gardner ended the inning by forcing Kevin Bass to ground out to short.
JU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when senior first baseman Ryan McArdle drew a bases loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch.
Junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira led off the inning with a walk and then moved to third on a single through the right side by freshman third baseman Chuck Opachich. After a walk to Clifford to load the bases, McArdle drove in the first run without swinging the bat.
The Dolphins made it 2-0 in the bottom of the third when McCallister connected on his fourth home run of the season, over the right-field wall.
The Hatters threatened again with runners on the corners and one out in the top of the fifth but Opachich took a chopper at third off the bat of Kevin Johnson and tagged out Josh Clendenin diving back to third before throwing across to first for the inning-ending double-play.
Stetson broke through with three runs in the top of the seventh when a run scored on a throwing error to first on a sacrifice bunt, Clendenin drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center and Erich Holland plated a run with a grounder to third.
The Hatters increased the lead to 6-2 in the top of the eighth when Aaron Crittenden drove in a run with a grounder to third but two more runs scored on the play when Opachich's throw bounced into right field.
JU added a run in the ninth when senior pinch-runner Justin Young scored from third on a passed ball.
The Dolphins and Hatters will play the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be heard live on WZNZ, AM 1460 with Barry Milligan calling all the action. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will air at 12:45 p.m.