SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
Dolphins Shutout Northern Kentucky To Complete Sweep
Zach Gordon anchored a seven-hit combined shutout with five scoreless innings for the JU staff (Photo by Skip Tapp)
Zach Gordon anchored a seven-hit combined shutout with five scoreless innings for the JU staff (Photo by Skip Tapp)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins are getting hot at the right time. Jacksonville completed a weekend series sweep of Northern Kentucky with a 10-0 shutout victory on Saturday. The Dolphins now head to the Atlantic Sun Tournament having won five of the last six against league competition.

“It’s that time of year when you want to play your best baseball,” said Head Coach Tim Montez who in his first season lead the Dolphins to their best conference finish since 2011. “These guys have been through everything you could have possibly been through adversity wise, now they are playing relaxed and having fun. I told them all along why not us so we’ll see what happens next week”

Jacksonville played its way up to the fifth seed in the A-Sun Tournament which gets started next Wednesday May 21 in Fort Myers and is hosted by Florida Gulf Coast. The Dolphins will square off against Lipscomb in the opening round at 8:15 pm next Wednesday in the double elimination eight-team bracket.

Starting his final home game, senior Zach Gordon (St. Petersburg, Fla.) anchored a seven-hit shutout for the Dolphins. Gordon, who was one of five seniors honored before the game surrendered just three hits in five innings before giving way to four relievers who completed the fifth shutout of the year for the JU staff.

“I was just looking to have fun out there,” said Gordon who picked up his third win of the year with his performance. “I’ve been able to play baseball since I was four years old and with this being my last home start I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself with the atmosphere of senior day.”

Jacksonville (20-31; 13-13 A-Sun) wasted little time in getting things started scoring three runs all with two outs in the top of the first. Sophomore Dylan Dillard (Kissimmee, Fla.) and junior Cameron Gibson (Conyers, Ga.) each had two-out RBI in the inning to set off an offensive attack that reached double digits in hits for a seventh straight game.

Dillard led the charge going 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Gibson meanwhile added a two-out RBI single in the third to his 2-run single in the first as he closed out the day going 2-for-3 with the three RBI and a run scored.  

The Dolphins never looked back from there adding three more in the fifth and another three in the seventh to account for the final margin. Northern Kentucky (14-37; 6-21 A-Sun) ends its 2014 season with the loss.  

Senior Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla.), sophomore Connor Marabell (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Alex Seifert (Lakeland, Fla.) also had two hits apiece. Seifert went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI single.

“These guys deserve a lot of credit for staying the course with all the injuries we’ve had and the tough schedule that we played,” said Montez. “To finish .500 in the A-Sun after posting a losing record the last two years to get the 20th win is a big accomplishment.”

The weekend sweep also marked the first series sweep by the Dolphins since take three from Campbell in April of 2011.   

“Usually the team that gets hot goes the farthest in the tournament so hopefully we can carry this forward,” added Gordon.

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