JU Drops Both to UF With Some Help From the Umpire

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Photo By: George Wahl

The Dolphins fought hard but dropped both games in a home-and-home series with the Florida Gators.
The first game brought the Gators to John Sessions Stadium for a Tuesday night match up.
UF’s Casey Turgeon sent the second pitch of the game over the left-field wall giving the Gators an early 1-0 lead.
The Dolphins answered in the third, tying the game on an Alex McRae single that plated Zac Houck. Houck singled and advanced to third on a botched pick-off attempt.
JU added two more runs on their next trip to the plate. Kris Molter blasted a two-run home run, plating Ethan Loosen. The home run was the first of Molter’s collegiate career.
The big inning that seems to always doom the Dolphins came in a much smaller, yet still damaging instance.
UF capitalized on a wild pitch and two JU errors, to plate three runs in the sixth to grab a 4-3 lead.
The Dolphins then used two Gator errors to reclaim the lead at 5-4.
JU wouldn’t score the rest of the game and UF capitalized yet again on costly Dolphin mistakes.
A wild pitch and a passed ball led to two UF runs in the seventh, giving them a 6-5 advantage. The Gators added two more in the ninth on their way to an 8-5 victory.
On Wednesday, JU traveled to Gainesville for the final half of the home-and-home series.
The Dolphins suffered more of the same fate as they had during Tuesday’s game, falling late to UF, 7-6.
Through two, it looked as if the Gators were going to run away with the game as they claimed an early 3-0 lead.
In the top of the third, JU sent seven batters to the plate and mounted an early comeback. Scott Schaub led off the inning with an infield single followed by two walks to Molter and Houck.
With the bases loaded, Michael Babb ripped one to right, plating Schaub. Molter was gunned down at home trying to score from second. Drew Luther came up with two on and delivered a double, clearing the bases and tying the game at 3.
The Gators got back out to a 4-3 lead after a one-run seventh inning. Brady North ended the threat with an unassisted double play to conclude the inning.
Babb led off the Dolphins half of the eighth with a triple, leading to an RBI double by North. Garrett Ruckel then tied the game on an RBI groundout that plated Luther, who was hit by a pitch giving the Dolphins a 5-4 lead.
UF again bounced back tying the game at 5 despite not having a hit in the bottom of the eighth. Errors again plagued the Dolphins as they committed four in the game.
In the top half of the ninth, it looked as if JU was going to pull off the upset. Nathan Koslowski doubled with one out, giving the Dolphins a runner in scoring position. Houck advanced Koslowski to third on an infield single. Luther then singled to center, allowing Koslowski to cross the plate giving JU a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth.
Justin Shafer led off with an infield single for the Gators. Zack Powers was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Taylor Gushue put down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the runners to second and third.
Cody Dent flied a ball to left field that seemed to be caught by Koslowski. While trying to transfer the ball to his throwing hand to get the tagging runner out at home, Koslowski dropped the ball, allowing the tying run to score. Powers was then thrown out at third trying to advance on the play, ending the inning, forcing extras.
On the way to the dugout, the third base umpire ruled that Koslowski did not catch the ball, resulting in runners on first and second and just two outs.
On the very next pitch, Connor Mitchell singled up the middle allowing the game-winning run to score, giving UF a 7-6 victory.