FRIDAY, MAY 04, 2007
Baseball falls to North Florida, 10-3
May 4, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - GALLERY
The Dolphins were their own worst enemy on this night as the Ospreys scored seven unearned runs on six errors as the JU baseball team fell to North Florida, 10-3, Friday evening in game one of the Sun Trust River City Rumble at the newly dedicated John Sessions Stadium.
JU (24-23, 9-10) trailed by only a 2-1 margin going into the seventh inning but three errors in the top of the seventh gave UNF five runs.
UNF (18-27, 8-11) snapped a three-game losing streak to the Dolphins after pounding out 11 hits and are now one win away from securing the Old Wooden Barrel after moving to 10-7 in the River City Rumble standings.
"There are not a lot of things you can say about tonight," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We need to come out focused in the next two games because North Florida is not going to show us any mercy."
Senior Justin Young (4-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. Senior Mike McCallister went 2-for-4 with a home run while junior shortstop Matt Lopez also added two hits.
Brad Johnson (4-6) earned the win after allowing only two runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings. Antonio Franzese notched his first save of the season by hurling three innings of relief. Travis Martin led the Ospreys by going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.
The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Clifford hit an RBI through the right side.
Junior center fielder Kevin Ferreira led off the inning with a single down the third base line and then moved to second on a ground out. After moving to third on a throwing error by third baseman Chad Knight, Ferreira scored when Clifford pulled a bouncer through the left side.
The Ospreys evened the game in the top of the second when Travis Martin hit an RBI single through the right side with two outs.
UNF took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Jimmy Glanville reach on a double to center field and later scored on a passed ball.
The Ospreys made it 7-1 in the top of the seventh after scoring five runs on four hits while taking advantage of two Dolphin errors.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 7-2 in the bottom of the seventh when Ferreira drove in a run with a grounder to short.
Junior shortstop Matt Lopez led off the inning with a single to right field and then moved to third on a single up the middle. After senior second baseman Logan James was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Ferreira hit a slow chopper to short to score Lopez.
JU made it 7-3 in the bottom of the eighth when McCallister hit a solo home run over the left field wall to lead off the inning. For McCallister, it was his fifth home run of the season.
UNF pushed the advantage to 10-3 in the top of the ninth after scoring three runs on three hits while taking advantage of two more Dolphin errors.
The Dolphins and Ospreys will play game two of the series on Saturday at 6:30 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 6:15 p.m. JU will also be taking donations for "Ray of Light" with the proceeds going towards JU Hall of Fame basketball player, James E. Ray.