The Dolphins (18-38, 7-20 A-Sun) pounded out 15 hits in game one for the victory. JU rallied to take the lead in game two and were an out from the sweep, but the Ospreys (31-24, 12-15) fought back and picked up a 5-4 win in eight innings.
“I am happy with the effort we had today,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We hit really, really well today. Even through we fell short in game two, I was pleased with the way we fought back to take the lead late. Overall, it was a tough year for us, but our kids battled each and every day. That’s all you can ask as a coach.”
Senior Steve Eagerton (1-4) allowed a run on four hits and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings to get the game one win in his final start. Sophomore Adam Maxon (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to get the save in game one, but allowed two runs, one earned, in the second contest for the loss. Sophomore Jimmy Appleby struck out five batters between two different appearances for the Dolphins.
UNF game two starter Tyler Moore (7-3) allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out eight in seven innings for the win. Michael Renner (3-7) surrendered five runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings for the game one loss.
Offensively, juniors Adam Brett Walker II and Dan Gulbrasnen each finished with multi hits in both games for the Dolphins. Walker II and sophomore Zachary Houck both had three hits in one of the games, while freshman Alex McRae recorded three RBI in the first contest.
Ryan Roberson had three RBI in game two for the Ospreys, including the game-winning score in the eighth inning.
In game one, Houck led off the third inning with a single to center field. He moved to third on the next play as senior Jonathan Murphy singled to center field and was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. McRae scored Houck in the next at-bat on a ground out for the 1-0 lead. Walker II followed with his 41st career homer to center field to double JU’s advantage.
The Dolphins broke the game open with a four-run, five –hit third inning for a 6-0 lead.
Junior Jake Huxtable led off with a single through the left side, while freshman Garrett Ruckel hit it to the same spot with one out. Houck plated Huxtable in the next at-bat with a hit to right field. After a pitching change, Murphy walked to load the bases. McRae answered with a two-run single for the 4-0 lead. Following an intentional pass to Walker II, junior Dan Gulbransen hit in Murphy to cap the inning.
Eagerton grooved for the Dolphins by allowing a hit through the first four innings. He gave up a one-out double in the fifth inning, but Eagerton got the final two outs to quash the threat.
The Ospreys got to Eagerton in the sixth inning after a two-out triple by Michael Wesner scored a run. Junior Drew Woods relieved Eagerton and induced a ground out to get out of the inning.
Woods, Appleby and Maxon held the Ospreys scoreless for the final three innings. Maxon allowed a leadoff single in the ninth inning before getting a strikeout and a game-ending double play to secure his second save of the season.
In game two, the Dolphins trailed 3-1 in the fourth inning when Walker II secured a one-out single to center field. Gulbransen followed with a double down the right field line to score Walker II and cut the deficit to one.
The Ospreys threatened in the bottom of the inning by getting bases loaded with one out. Appleby came in relief and struck out the next two hitters to quash the threat.
Murphy led off the sixth inning with a single to center field for JU. After a pop out, Murphy stole two bases before scoring on a single by Walker II to tie the contest. Moore walked two batters to load the bases, but recorded a strike out. Senior Matt Frank was down in the count in the next at-bat, but battled back and drew a walk to score Walker II for the 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Andrew Karmeris led off with a walk on Maxon. Karmeris moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but Maxon induced a ground out to inch closer to a JU win. Spencer Herrman scored Karmeris with a single down the right field in the next at-bat to tie the game and force extra innings.
Moore retired the Dolphins in order in the eighth inning, while TJ Gavlik reached base on strikeout-wild pitch in the bottom of the inning. Galvik advanced to second on the play and moved to third on a throwing error. Roberson followed with a single to score Gavlick for the walk-off win.