TUESDAY, MAY 01, 2007
Baseball falls to Bethune-Cookman, 7-2
May 1, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - After a week off, the JU baseball team showed some rust as Bethune-Cookman pounded out five runs in the first two innings en route to a 7-2 win, Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
JU (24-22) stranded five runners, including the bases loaded and only one out in the sixth inning but ended the year winning the season series, 4-2.
BCC (25-22) hit home runs in each of the first two innings while the Wildcat pitching staff scattered seven hits to take the series finale.
"We had a week off and it showed tonight," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Right now we need to focus on a big series against North Florida this weekend."
Junior David Yates (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs in three hits with a walk in one inning of work.
Senior left fielder Pete Clifford led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Senior first baseman Ryan McArdle and junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira each recorded two hits.
Joseph Gautier (4-2) earned the win after allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Jose Ortiz-Rivera and Neal Jones each finished with two hits to lead the Wildcats.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Angel Mercado hit a two-run homer down the left-field line on a 3-2 pitch and two outs in the inning.
BCC increased the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the second after a lead-off home run to left by Chris Henault, an RBI triple to left by Ortiz-Rivera and a run scoring balk.
JU cut the deficit to 5-1 in the top of the fourth when Clifford crushed his team-leading eighth home run over the right field wall.
The Wildcats made it 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Jose Almonte scored from first on a fielder error in the outfield.
The Dolphins cut the lead to 6-2 in the top of the sixth when senior first baseman Ryan McArdle hit an RBI double to left center. Clifford led off the inning with a single to center before scoring on McArdle's gapper.
BCC added another run in the bottom of the eighth when Angel Negron crushed a solo home run over the right-field wall on a 3-2 pitch.
JU return to Alexander Brest Field on Friday to host cross-town rival North Florida at 6:30 p.m. to start the Sun Trust River City Rumble. The contest will be broadcast live on WZNZ, ESPN 1460 with Barry Milligan calling all of the action. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will begin at 6:15 p.m.