TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
#5 Florida State Gets By Jacksonville In the Late Innings
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Jacksonville matched #5 Florida State inning for inning for six innings on Tuesday before a late rally by the Seminoles gave them a 6-1 win over the Dolphins on Tuesday night at Dick Howser Stadium.
Zach Gordon (St. Petersburg, Fla.) started things off with his fourth straight strong outing. Making his fourth start of the year, Gordon retired all six hitters he faced. Gordon has now allowed just one run with no walks in his last 11.2 innings of work. Freshman Justin Lawrence (Jacksonville, Fla.) took over in the third tossing a scoreless inning of his own. In the fourth senior Will Flor (Bloomington, Minn.) took over and proceeded to strike out two in his two scoreless innings. The Seminoles were poised to break the game open in the bottom of the fifth, but Flor worked out of a two-out bases loaded jam by getting All-American, DJ Stewart to hit a ground out to short to end the inning.
“Those guys did a real good job of coming out and attacking the zone and giving us a chance,” said Montez of pitching staff tonight.
With Florida State (28-8) handcuffed at the plate, Jacksonville (12-24) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the game in the fifth on a RBI single by junior SS Angelo Amendolare (Edgewater, Fla.) who had two hits in the game. Amendolare drove home freshman Seth Dewitt (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) who singled to right to start the inning and advanced to third on a pair of sacrifices.
The Seminoles evened things scoring on a sacrifice fly in the 6th scoring before taking the lead for good in the 7th. A hit batter followed by two straight walks set the stage for a one-out two run double by Jose Brizuela that proved to be the difference in the game.
“For seven innings it was a 1-1 ball game, but you have to tip your hats to them,” Montez said. “They are ranked 5th in the country for a reason. They didn’t panic and took advantage of our mistakes on the mound which good teams do.”
Florida State added three more runs, two earned in the right to provide for the final margin.
Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla.) posted his 13th multi-hit game of the season for the Dolphins going 2-for-4 in the game with a pair of singles.
“Overall I was pretty pleased with the way we came out effort wise,” added Montez. “There was a lot of energy tonight that we need to carry over into this important series vs ETSU on a short week.”
The Dolphins return to Sessions Stadium for a three game series against East Tennessee State starting on Thursday. On Friday the JU athletics department in partnership with Discount Travel will be giving away a free round-trip flight for two people to anywhere in the Continental United States.