STATESBORO, Ga. - A big first inning by Georgia Southern proved to be too much for the Dolphins to overcome on Tuesday as Jacksonville dropped a 13-5 decision at Clements Field.
“I was disappointed with the mental mistakes that we made tonight,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “We had three errors in the outfield is inexcusable.”
Georgia Southern (21-9) stole the momentum early with a six run first. After a leadoff double, the Dolphins looked to be out of the inning unscathed, but Ryan Cleveland beat out an infield hit to score the first run and open things up. The Eagles followed with five straight singles to build the 6-0 lead.
“They can really run as a team. We told our guys before the game started that they like to run. They have good team speed and we didn’t field a couple of those ground balls early with a sense of urgency and they got down the line for infield hits.”
The Dolphins would get two back in the next inning. Out of the line-up since March 22 due to injury, Connor Marabell (Jacksonville, Fla.) hit a deep home run to right that landed in a tree 30 feet above the 330 foot wall. Freshman Jordan Mullis (Jacksonville, Fla.) added a RBI bunt single later in the inning to extend his hitting streak to five straight games.
“It was good for him to see pitches tonight so he can get ready for UNF this weekend,” added Montez on Marabell who led the Dolphins going 2-for-3.
Jacksonville (8-18) climbed back in the game in the fourth pulling within two runs at 7-5. After loading the bases, freshmen Seth Dewitt (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) and Alex Seifert (Lakeland, Fla.) each brought home a run after getting hit by a pitch. Michael Babb added another RBI with a pinch hit single to right.
That would be as close as the Dolphins would get however as Georgia Southern added another run in the fifth, four more in the sixth and one in the seventh.
“The big picture for us now are the weekend games, but we still have to come out mid-week and complete in every inning like its out last so we can be sharp going into the weekend,” added Montez. “We can’t expect to take a night off mentally and expect to be able to flip the switch come the weekend.”
Jacksonville is back in action at Sessions Stadium on Wednesday against the College of Charleston. The Dolphins then continue A-Sun play next weekend at North Florida. All four games can be heard on 92.5 FM.
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