May 28, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jacksonville right fielder Kirk Asche had three
hits and three runs batted in and Dolphin closer Scott Porter quelled a
Providence rally by getting the final two outs as the third-seeded Dolphins
(41-21) upended the second-seeded Friars (47-15) 7-5 in the first game of
the NCAA Division I Baseball Regional at Tallahassee on Friday afternoon in
Dick Howser Stadium.
Jacksonville trailed 3-2 entering the sixth inning but took the
lead for good with a four-run outburst in the top of fame. With one out,
Billy Kickham reached on a walk then Dale Johnson got aboard on an error.
Josh Hurrell followed with a run-scoring double to right field that tied
the game. Johnson then scored on a wild-pitch. After John Vollstedtt
reached on a walk, Asche followed with a two-run double to make it 6-3.
Providence closed to within 7-5 with a pair of runs in the ninth
and had a runner on second with one out. But Porter got Mike Scott to
ground out and struck out Coley O’Donnell to end the game for his 11th save.
Joel Hegeman (4-1) scattered four hits and two runs in four innings
of releif to pick up the win for Jacksonville. Marc DesRoches gave up
seven runs, four earned, in seven innings for Providence and took the loss
to fall to 14-2.
The Dolphins will play the winner of tonight’s Florida State-The
Citadel game at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Providence will face the loser in
an elimination game at 11:00 a.m.