April 2, 2005
Florida Atlantic University avoided a shutout with a run in the ninth inning against Jacksonville University in an 8-1 loss. With the loss FAU falls to 17-10, 6-5 A-Sun while JU improves to 15-16, 5-9 A-Sun.
The Dolphins struck the second time through the lineup as Pete Clifford led off the third inning with a double off the centerfield fence. A bunt single by Logan James put runners on the corners before Daniel Murphy delivered a three-run home run to right field. Murphy's second home run of the season gave the Dolphins a 3-0 lead.
Tagged with another two runs in the fifth, Mike Crotta (4-2) gave up a leadoff homer to Pete Clifford before a Murphy triple put the Dolphins again in scoring position. The next batter, Donald Brickle came through with an RBI with a single to centerfield before Crotta recorded the final two outs of the inning and exited after five innings. The sophomore allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out two.
Jason Doherty pitched the six inning and saw two unearned runs cross the plate as the Dolphins picked up three of the teams 15 hits in the inning.
Chris Eberhart worked the seventh and gave up a leadoff single and then retired the next three batters he faced.
Jacksonville scored its final run off of Mike Salivar in the eighth inning as Doug Fowler drew a leadoff walk. After a wild pitch moved the centerfielder to second base, Clifford delivered a single to centerfield to score the eighth run of the game.
FAU avoided the shutout as Brett Nagy entered to work the final inning. The senior recorded the first out and then allowed the next four hitters a free pass with three walks and hitting a batter. Bobby DiLiberto scored as Tyler Stevens drew a walk for FAU's lone run.
Neal Frontz (5-1) threw eight innings and did not allow a run for JU. He allowed five hits as he struck out three and walked only two.
Daniel Murphy finished the contest 5-for-5 for the Dolphins with four RBI. Tim Mascia led FAU with two hits.
The final game of the series will be played on Sunday at 1 pm.
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