FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007
Baseball wins pitching duel against Lipscomb, 2-1

May 18, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins hosted a Matt Convention on Friday night as juniors Matt Davis, Matt Dobbins and Matt Gardner combined for 12 strikeouts while allowing only one run as the JU baseball team out dueled Lipscomb, 2-1, Friday evening at John Sessions Stadium.

With the win, JU (29-25, 14-12) clinched the No. 4 seed in the 2007 Atlantic Sun Championship presented by Progress Energy despite managing only two hits in the contest.

Lipscomb (28-27, 12-14) is the No. 5 seed with the loss after the Bisons finished with a game-high eight hits but left 13 runners on base.

"We arranged a few things today to set ourselves up for the tournament next week and it worked out pretty well for us," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Offensively, I would have liked to see more but we did what we had to do to win."

Dobbins (2-2) got the win after hurling three innings of shutout relief and Gardner notched his second save of the year with three innings of shutout relief to end the game. Davis earned the no-decision after allowing a run on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts in three innings.

Senior first baseman Ryan McArdle provided just enough offense for the Dolphins by going 1-for-2 with an RBI double in the first inning.

Rex Brothers (7-4) was tagged with the loss despite allowing only two runs (one unearned) on one hit with six walks and six strikeouts in five innings of work. Branden Cadavid and Allen Bolden each finished with two hits to lead Lipscomb offense.

The Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Casey Bond hit an RBI single to left field.

The Dolphins evened the contest in the bottom of the first when senior first baseman Ryan McArdle hit an RBI double with two outs. Junior center fielder John Tiner led off the game with a walk before moving to third on a wild pitch. After consecutive strikeouts, McArdle laced a pitch down the right-field line to score Tiner.

JU took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth after a run scoring balk by Brothers. Senior third baseman Thomas LePage was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then moved to second after senior catcher Donnie Vickers drew a walk. After moving to third on a throwing error by catcher Caleb Joseph, LePage scored from third on a balk.

The Dolphins and Bisons will conclude their series on Saturday 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 at 12:45 p.m.