WEDNESDAY, MAY 07, 2014
Jacksonville Rally Not Enough Against Florida A&M
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville will now turn its focus to clinching a spot in the Atlantic Sun Tournament this weekend after falling to Florida A&M in a midweek contest for the second time in as many days. The Dolphins fell to the Rattlers 5-4 in 10 innings on Wednesday.
Jacksonville (15-29) entered the bottom of the ninth down 4-1, but tied the game up on a two-out, two-run double by Michael Babb (Jacksonville, Fla.). The double was the second of the game for Babb who also had a two-out RBI double in the third.
“I was just looking for something over the heart of the plate that I could drive,” said Babb about his game-tying double. “I wasn’t trying to do to much, just trying to keep our team at the plate and extend the inning.”
Cameron Gibson (Conyers, Ga.) accounted for the Dolphins other run driving in Dylan Dillard (Kissimmee, Fla.) with a two out single up the middle to set the stage for Babb’s clutch hit.
Florida A&M (23-24) responded in the 10th with a RBI double by Kendal Weeks to account for the game winner.
Make his first appearance since early March, Ray Moody (Greenville, Ala.) started for the Dolphins and tossed three shutout innings allowing just one hit. Freshman Justin Lawrence (Jacksonville, Fla.) also had a strong showing on the mound coming on in the bottom of the fifth and going 2.1 innings allowing no runs, no hits with three strikeouts.
In is first collegiate appearance, Andrew Ciacio (Tampa, Fla.) was the hard luck loser for Jacksonville falling to 0-1.
“We just have to stay focused and focus on the task at hand which is getting to the A-Sun Tournament and go from there,” added Babb. “These games mean a lot, but you can’t win them all so now we have to focus on the conference games this weekend.”
Jacksonville returns to A-Sun action this weekend with a three game series at USC Upstate starting on Friday night.