FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
Dolphins Unable To Corral Bisons in A-Sun Opener
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jacksonville was unable to slow down the hottest team in the Atlantic Sun on Friday as Lipscomb won its ninth straight game by a final of 7-2 over the Dolphins at Ken Dugan Field
Jacksonville (4-11; 0-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first as Angelo Amendolare (Edgewater, Fla.) led off with a single through the left side and eventually came around to score on a RBI groundout by Connor Marabell (Jacksonville, Fla.). The lead was short lived however as Lipscomb (11-8; 1-0) scored twice in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
We did a good job of jumping out and getting on the board in the first inning to take the lead,” Head Coach Tim Montez said. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to shut the door and put up a zero which is so important especially when you score first to keep the momentum on your side for the whole ball game.”
In the third Grant Massey took advantage of a 16 mph wind blowing out to left center for the Bisons. Massey hit a shot that landed on top of the outfield wall and rolled over for a two-run homer and a 4-1 Lipscomb lead.
The Dolphins had a chance to get back in the game in a big way in the fourth after a bunt hit by Dylan Dillard (Kississme, Fla.) stayed just inside the third base line to load the bases with no outs. Braddock Rowe (Jacksonville, Fla.) followed two batters later with a RBI single through the left side to bring one run home to make it 4-2. Back-to-back strikeouts however ended the threat for Jacksonville.
The Bisons would then break the game open in the fifth scoring three runs on three hits and an error by the Dolphins.
Jacksonville had another rally going in the eight loading the bases with one out. Rowe lined a hard hit shot that was snow-coned by the shortstop to double up the Dolphins and end the inning.
"We loaded the bases with no outs there in the fourth then again with one out in the eighth and in those situations you have to bunch a couple of hits together to have the big inning. That is one of the things that we haven’t done this year to take the pressure off the pitching staff,” said Montez.
RHP Josh Baker (Sussex, Wis.) took the loss for Jacksonville falling to 1-1 on the year. Baker went 4.1 innings allowing seven runs, five earned on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Ian Martinez-McGraw (2-1) was the pitcher of record for Lipscomb scattering nine hits over 7.1 innings while allowing the two runs.
“Baker had good stuff coming out of his hand tonight, but needed to be a little tougher mentally,” said Montez. “After getting two straight strikeouts to start the first, he hit a batter then gave up a four pitch walk. It snowed ball from there on him and that set the tone for the game.”
Dillard went 3-for-4 to lead the Dolphins at the plate while Scott Schaub (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Rowe each added two hits in four at bats.
“We got a double header now tomorrow that these guys have to answer back,” concluded Montez. “They have a good opportunity to do some things and set the tone for us in the A-Sun this season but it’s going to depend on how they come out and how they are ready to attack the day.”
Due to impending weather on Sunday the series will conclude with a double header on Saturday starting at 2:00 pm. Both games are schedule for nine innings.