Tomshaw’s complete-game lifts baseball over ETSU, 9-3, in game one
Junior Matt Tomshaw
Junior Matt Tomshaw
In an effort of mass proportions, junior Matt Tomshaw gave the Dolphins bullpen some much needed rest as he hurled a complete-game to lead the JU baseball team to a 9-3 win over ETSU, in game one of a doubleheader at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (17-15, 9-5) pounded out 10 runs in the contest while taking advantage of five errors by ETSU (18-12, 7-4).

“We really needed this performance by Matt today,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It was a really gutty effort on his part and it sets us up to throw everything we have in the second game of the doubleheader.”

Tomshaw (4-1) got the win after allowing only three runs on 11 hits with a walk and a season-high tying eight strikeouts in nine innings.

Bo Reeder (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing nine runs (four earned) on nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings.

Senior second baseman Chuck Opachich led the Dolphins by going 3-for-4 while junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins finished 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Sophomore left fielder Jonathan Murphy also drove in two runs for JU.

Derek Trent led the Bucs by going 3-for-4 with a double while Chas Byrne, Derek Niesman and Reeder each tallied multiple hits.

The Bucs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Reeder hit an RBI double to right center with two outs.

The Dolphins opened up a 5-1 lead in the second when junior catcher Alex Swenson drove in a run with a squeeze bunt, a run scored on a fielding error at the plate, sophomore left fielder Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to left, junior third baseman drove in a run with a grounder to short and Hawkins plated a run with a fielder’s choice to short.

The Bucs cut the margin to 5-2 in the fourth when Kerry Doane hit an RBI single through the right side.

JU increased the margin to 6-2 in the fifth when freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen hit a sacrifice fly to left.

The Dolphins increased the lead to 9-2 in the sixth when Murphy hit an RBI double into the right field corner, junior right fielder Esterlin Perozo hit a sacrifice fly to right and Hawkins hit an RBI double down the third-base line.

The Bucs cut the deficit to 9-3 in the seventh when Chas Byrne hit an RBI single down the third-base line with two outs.