SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2007
Baseball cruises past ETSU, 8-4
May 12, 2007
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Dolphins hit on all cylinders as the offense tied a season-high with 18 hits while junior Matt Davis notched his first career complete-game as the JU baseball team defeated East Tennessee State, 8-4, Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Park.
JU (27-24, 12-11) won its third consecutive game after mashing 18 hits, including nine extra-base hits, while every Dolphin starter recorded a hit in the contest. The last time JU recorded 18 hits was a 14-4 win over South Alabama on Feb. 24 in the Coca-Cola Classic.
ETSU (26-25, 11-12) dropped its sixth consecutive contest, including 13 of its last 15, and has dropped four consecutive conference series.
"This is the most complete game we have played in a while," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "It's makes my job a lot easier when we can execute the way we did today."
Davis (3-1) notched his first win as a starter after allowing four runs on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Senior left fielder Pete Clifford went 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Senior third baseman Thomas LePage went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
Caleb Glafenhein (13-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (three earned) on 14 hits with two walks and a strikeout in six innings. Danny Petro led the Bucs' offense by going 2-for-4 with a double.
The Bucs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Anthony Russell drove in a run with a grounder to short.
The Dolphins took a 4-1 lead in the top of the third when freshman designated hitter Chuck Opachich hit a sacrifice fly to right, LePage hit an RBI single to short and James drove in two runs with a single to second.
Junior shortstop Matt Lopez led off the inning with a single to short and then advanced to third after third baseman Justin Aughey air mailed his attempted force at second into right field. Opachich followed with a fly to right to score Lopez before Clifford hit a single through the left side and senior right fielder Mike McCallister drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs, LePage chopped a ball into the hole on the left side to drive in a run before James pulled a bouncer in the hole in right to plate two more.
ETSU cut the deficit to 4-3 in the bottom of the third when Russell hit an RBI single to center and Danny Petro crushed an RBI double to right center. With one out and a runner on base, junior Kevin Ferreira and McCallister made back-to-back diving grabs to end the inning.
JU made it 6-3 in the top of the fifth when LePage hit an RBI double to right and senior first baseman Ryan McArdle hit an RBI double to left.
Sophomore catcher Brad Simmons led off the inning with a single up the middle before scoring on a double down the right field line by LePage. With two outs, McArdle drove a pitch at the base of the wall in left to score LePage.
The Dolphins pushed the advantage to 7-3 in the top of the sixth when Clifford led off the inning with a solo shot over the right center wall. For Clifford, it was his team-leading 11th homer of the season.
JU made it 8-3 in the top of the eighth when LePage hit a sacrifice fly to left. McCallister led off the inning with a triple to right and later scored on LePage's drive to left. For McCallister, it was his team-leading fifth triple of the year.
The Bucs added another run in the bottom of the ninth when Ryan Howe hit a solo home run to right field.
The Dolphins and Bucs will conclude their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be heard live on WZNZ, AM 1460 with Barry Milligan calling all of the action. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will air live at 12:45 p.m.