JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball dropped a closely contested midweek contest to Richmond, 4-3, at John Sessions Stadium Tuesday night.
The Spiders (8-7) used a big sixth inning to come from behind and hand JU (10-7) its second straight loss.
"They had a really good pitching performance out of their entire staff," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "It was a very competitive college baseball game and they were just better than us tonight."
Both team's pitchers started off strong, with JU's Spencer Stockton (1-2) facing one more than the minimum and Richmond's Lowell Schipper sitting down the Dolphins in order for the first three frames.
Both offenses found life in the fourth. Richmond singled to start the inning before Kyle Adams doubled to the left centerfield gap, plating the game's first run. JU answered in the bottom half, when Ruben Someillan singled, moved to second on a balk and Chris Lehane reached on a bunt, before Scott Dubrule tied it one on a sacrifice fly to left. Jacob Southern then cleared the bases on a two-run shot to left, his fourth homer of the year, that made it 3-1.
Richmond started the sixth with back-to-back singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Then, a walk drove in a run, followed by a flyout and another walk tied the game at 3 and ended Stockton's night. Matt Meyer replaced him and walked in another run before giving way to Trent Palmer, who got the final two outs of the inning and stranded the bases loaded.
"We just couldn't stop the negative momentum," said Hayes. "We've got to do a better job of moving on to the next pitch and staying locked in."
For the second straight game, Palmer kept JU within striking distance due to a scoreless outing out of the pen, this time lasting 2.2, allowing only one hit and striking out three. The Dolphins' best chance came in the eighth, when Someillan walked to lead off the inning, was sacrificed to second by Lehane and took third on a wild pitch third strike. He was stranded there when pinch hitter Franco Guardascione flew out.
Jacksonville heads back on the road tomorrow, facing South Florida for the second time in a week. The Dolphins beat the Bulls 4-2 last Wednesday night. Greg Shannahan (0-0) takes the mound for JU.