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Baseball Bucs snap losing streak, down Jacksonville 8-7
Sunday, April 23, 2006
"We needed this win badly," said head coach Tony Skole. "It's like we've been out in the desert the last couple of weeks, and we've been dying for some relief."
The Bucs (22-20, 9-12) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on the strength of two unearned runs. Junior C.J. Lee (
The lead extended to 5-0 in the second on Byrne's eighth homer of the season, a three-run blast over the right field wall driving home Traylor and freshman Ben Allen (
In the fifth inning, after Lee reached on an infield single, senior Blake Church (
Junior Stephen Douglas (
Trailing 8-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Dolphins (30-13, 12-6) scored three unearned runs, cutting the deficit in half.
Right fielder Mike McCallister's solo home run to lead off the eighth cut the Buccaneer lead to 8-6, and Anthony Bernazard drove in shortstop Matt Lopez on a one-out groundout. With the tying run at third base, senior closer Steven Calicutt (
Calicutt returned and pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save of the season. Junior lefty Ryan Howe (
The Bucs are back in action Tuesday evening taking on Virginia Tech in the Kingsport Classic in