Baseball and Alumni play to a draw in annual Alumni Game
Chad Oliva hit the lone home run in the annual Alumni Game.
Chad Oliva hit the lone home run in the annual Alumni Game.
The JU baseball team got its first action of the fall while 36 former players returned to John Sessions Stadium as both squads dueled to a 2-2 tie through six innings, Saturday afternoon in the annual JU Baseball Alumni Game.

Among the 36 former players to arrive for the game were: Tom Alford (IF, 2002-04), Mark Aldrich (IF, Carson Andrew (RHP, 2007-09), Chris Basso (C, 1990-91), Gus Bell (IF/OF, 1967-70), Josh Burrows (LHP, 2006-08), Rob Cichra (IF, 2002-03), Pete Clifford (OF, 2003-07), Garrett Dunlap (LHP, 2006-09), Kevin Ferreira (OF, 2006-08), Kyle Fleming (OF, 2008-09), Jeremy Gillan (C, 2008-09), Z.B. Hamilton (RHP, 1988-98), Chad Hauseman (OF, 1999-03), Josh Hurrell (OF, 1996-00), Logan James (IF, 2004-07), Josh Johnson (OF, 1999-02), Chuck Kirk (RHP, 1989-90), Matt Lopez (IF, 2005-08), Dan Maier (IF, 2005-09), Mike McCallister (OF, 2006-07), Trip Mischel (IF, 1982-83), Daniel Murphy (IF, 2004-06), Thomas Myers (OF, 2008-09), Chad Oliva (C, 1999-02), Adam Rapoza (RHP, 2007-08), Joe Samples (OF, 1995-98), Joe Schlegel (C, 1965-68), Joel Shapiro (RHP, 1986-89), Casey Shumaker (RHP, 2000-01), Fred Story (IF, 1986-87), Jim Tosh (IF, 1990-92), Eric Whitford (IF, 1987-91), Jimmy Winn (IF, 1961-63), David Yates (RHP/IF, 2006-08) and Justin Young (RHP/OF, 2004-07).

“It is always great to see our former players come back and enjoy playing the game of baseball,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend of weather and there were several other guys who came for batting practice last night but couldn’t make it for the game. The alumni are the foundation to which this program was built and everything that we accomplish in the future is an addition to the success that they have achieved before us.”

Hamilton got the no-decision for the Alumni despite allowing only one run on two hits in three innings of work. Cichra also added two innings of shutout relief for the Alumni.

Junior RHP Matt Loosen also ended the contest with a no-decision despite hurling two shutout innings. Senior RHP Glenn Witkowski, sophomore RHP Baker Chapman and RHP Chris Kaminski each added a scoreless inning of relief.

The current Dolphins got off to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when sophomore Kevin Lehane laced an RBI single to center to score senior Alex Martinez.

The Alumni rallied for two runs in the top of the fourth when Oliva hit a solo home run to right center field and Aldrich pulled an RBI single down the third base line to score pinch runner Ferreira. The Dolphins rallied for a run in the bottom of the sixth when Lehane notched his second RBI base hit of the contest, this time with two outs.

Martinez also contributed to the Dolphin offense with two base hits in the contest.