Jacksonville Upsets No. 1 Florida St.
Ryan McArdle
Ryan McArdle

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Jacksonville, Fla. - It was the perfect setting for the Jacksonville baseball team on Wednesday night. A record crowd of 3,109 packed Alexander Brest Field to watch a complete team effort from the Dolphins as the JU baseball team ended No. 1 Florida State's 23-game winning streak to open the season with a 5-3 win.

While the win ended FSU's winning streak, it also exorcised some demons for JU - snapping an 18-game losing streak to the Seminoles, a streak that dates back to Feb. 24, 2002. The attendance also broke the previous mark of 2,954 which was set on April 19, 1995, against Florida State.

"To win a game like this, you knew it was going to come down to the last pitch," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We knew it was going to take a complete team effort tonight and everyone contributed. Our pitchers threw well - especially out of our bullpen with Tim Brown doing a great job. On offense, we took advantage of the opportunities we got and made the most of them."

The win is also intriguing in JU history as the Dolphins defeated the Seminoles as a No. 1 seed for the first time since 1991. In that 7-4 victory at Dick Howser Stadium, JU snapped FSU's 37-game home winning streak in Terry Alexander's first season as head coach with the Dolphins.

Sophomore Tim Brown (2-2) notched the win after allowing only one hit in 4.1 innings of relief to go along with two strikeouts and no walks. Included in his performance was a streak of eight-consecutive batters retired and two straight innings in which he did not allow a base runner.

Junior Matt Davis earned his fourth save after closing out the last 0.2 innings, including a strikeout looking on Jason Stidham on a 1-2 pitch to end the game. For Davis, it was his second save in as many days after closing out the 6-2 win over Bethune-Cookman last night.

Senior D.J. Ackley earned the no-decision after allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in three innings.

Offensively, senior first baseman Ryan McArdle provided the biggest blow with a two-run double in the third inning. McArdle, who played the 2006 season with the Seminoles before transferring to JU, put the Seminoles in their biggest deficit of the season with one swing of the bat.

Courtesy of Jacksonville Athletics