TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
Baseball falls in the home finale to Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern brought its hitting shoes from Statesboro, Ga. on Tuesday night as the Eagles pounded out 25 hits to down the JU baseball team, 19-4, in the home finale at John Sessions Stadium.

The Eagles (34-19) scored 13 runs with two outs off seven Dolphins (23-26) pitchers to extend their winning streak to 12 games.

“This was not a good night for us,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “The positive thing is that we hopefully got this out of system now before our final conference series. All we can do is fix our mistakes and turn our focus to Stetson on Thursday.”

Colin Snow (3-2) earned the win in relief for Georgia Southern after scattering two hits and fanning four batters in 3.2 scoreless innings. Charles Matthews and Chris Myers each had a scoreless inning to close out the game, while Justin Hess allowed four runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings for a no-decision.

JU reliever Clay Kollenbaum (0-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings.

Shawn Payne, Kevin Bowles and Michael Burruss each had three hits to lead the Eagles at the plate. Kyle Blackburn and Eric Phillips both added three RBI on the night.

The Dolphins got a team-high two hits from Dan Gulbransen and Alex Martinez in the loss.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Jimmy Howick and Alex Swenson each recorded singles to start the frame for JU. Swenson was forced out at second base on fielder’s choice hit by Adam Brett Walker, but Howick was able to score on error by the Eagles shortstop. Derek Abis pinch ran for Walker and advanced to third on a hit by Chuck Opachich. Abis scored in the next at-bat on a wild pitch to make a 3-2 deficit. Opachich stole second before scoring on a groundout by Chris Connelly to tie the game.

The game would get away from the Dolphins in the third inning after the Eagles scored three runs to take a 6-3 lead.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Bowles scored on a wild pitch, while the got away on the throw back to the plate to allow Phillips to score on the same play. Burruss followed with a sharp single to Abis at first base, which allowed Victor Roache to score to extend the lead.

The Eagles put the game out of reach in the fifth inning by scoring six runs with two outs to take a commanding 12-4 advantage.

GSU would add three runs in the seventh and eighth inning to round out the scoring in the contest. The Dolphins will turn their attention on earning a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at Stetson on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. JU will close out the series with a doubleheader on Friday at 3 p.m.