FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010
Baseball uses long ball to rally past UNF, 13-10
Freshman Dan Gulbransen
Freshman Dan Gulbransen
Trailing 10-8 in the eighth inning, senior first baseman Alex Martinez hit a two-run homer to tie it and freshman right fielder Adam Brett Walker followed with a solo shot to start a five-run rally for the Dolphins as the JU baseball team defeated cross-town rival UNF, 13-10, Friday night in the first installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble at Harmon Stadium.

JU (11-7, 4-0) increased its record to 15-4 at Harmon after tallying 13 runs on 18 hits which included four doubles and three home runs. The Dolphins also increased JU’s overall lead for the Old Wooden Barrel to 9-3 with the win.

UNF (9-10, 0-1) held three leads in the contest (3-2 in the second, 4-3 in the third, 8-6 in the fifth and 10-8 in the seventh) but could not hold the Dolphin offense.

“In a series like this, it’s always important to try and get the first one,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It wasn’t pretty but we will take any kind of win against a tough opponent like UNF. I’m looking forward to taking this series downtown tomorrow so we all get a chance to experience playing in a top notch minor league ballpark.”

Freshman Chris Patrick (1-0) earned his first collegiate win after striking out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the sixth to end the inning. Junior Chris Kaminski notched his fourth save by hurling two shutout innings to put things away. Tommy Organ (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits while not recording an out in the eighth.

Freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen led the Dolphins by going 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Walker finished 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Junior catcher Alex Swenson, junior second baseman Glen Johnson and sophomore third baseman Jimmy Howick each finished with multiple hits.

Preston Hale led the Ospreys by finishing 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI while Justin Preckajlo went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI. Michael Smith also finished 2-for-4 with a double to add to the UNF offense.

JU and UNF will move its series Downtown as the two school face off at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest can be followed on LiveStats or fans can listen live to the UNF radio broadcast on 1320AM.