FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007
Baseball falls to Lipscomb, 10-2
May 17, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Miscues at the beginning of the sixth inning opened the flood gates for a seven-run inning by Lipscomb as the JU baseball team allowed seven unearned runs en route to a 10-2 loss, Thursday evening at John Sessions Stadium. The contest was delayed two and a half hours due to rain in the area.
JU (28-25, 13-12) had its four-game winning streak snapped after allowing seven unearned runs and committing four errors in the field.
Lipscomb (28-26, 12-13) earned its first all-time win over the Dolphins in 10 opportunities by finishing with a game-high 13 runs and scoring seven runs in the sixth inning.
"We gave them a window and they took advantage of it," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "They are a team that is fighting for a spot in the postseason and they played like it tonight."
Senior Justin Young (5-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (none of them earned) on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.
Senior first baseman Ryan McArdle and junior shortstop Ben Kerr each finished with multiple hits to lead the Dolphins. Senior left fielder Pete Clifford had his 12-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4 on the evening.
Rob Smithson (6-4) earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in five innings. Charles Williams earned his first save after hurling four innings of shutout relief. Casey Bond and Allen Bolden each finished with three hits to lead the Bisons.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third when senior third baseman Thomas LePage hit an RBI single and Kerr drew a bases loaded walk.
With two out, senior right fielder Mike McCallister stole second after reaching on a fielder's choice and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. LePage followed with a single through the left side and then moved to second on single to center by McArdle. After sophomore catcher Brad Simmons drew a walk to load the bases, Kerr drew a walk to drive in LePage.
The Bisons took a 7-2 lead in the top of the sixth after a three-run double by Allen Bolden, an RBI single in the Ben Williams, a bases loaded walk by Justin Sanders and an RBI triple by Casey Bond. Lipscomb took advantage of two Dolphin errors to start off the inning.
Lipscomb made it 10-2 in the top of the ninth after an RBI single by Caleb Joseph and a two-run single by Sanders.
The Dolphins and Bisons will continue their series tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. for Senior Night. 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 6:15 p.m.