FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010
BOOK IT: Baseball earns postseason bid with 9-7 win over Stetson in game one
Junior Matt Tomshaw
Junior Matt Tomshaw
The Dolphins are heading to Nashville on the strength of junior Matt Tomshaw’s sixth straight win and a six-run outburst in the third as the JU baseball team defeated Stetson, 9-7, Friday in game one of a doubleheader at Melching Field.

JU (25-26, 14-11) guaranteed a spot in the A-Sun Tournament with its second straight win over reeling SU (26-29, 13-13).

“Matt has been a rock for us all year so it was fitting that he be the one to lead us to a tournament bid,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Offensively, we put together a lot of hits in the third to give us some breathing room. Now we have a chance to get a top seed if we can finish this day off.”

Tomshaw (8-1) got the win after allowing six runs (five earned) on 13 hits with three walks and two strikeouts in eight innings of work. Junior Chris Kaminski closed out a no-save situation in the ninth.

Lindsey Caughel (5-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

Senior second baseman Chuck Opachich led the offense by finishing 3-for-5 with a double while freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen also went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins, senior first baseman Alex Martinez and sophomore third baseman Jimmy Howick each finished with multiple hits.

Ryan Lashley led the Hatters by finishing 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.

Stetson tried to score the first run of the game in the bottom of the second when Sean Emory hit a single through the left side with runners on first and second. Sophomore left fielder Jonathan Murphy has other ideas when he gunned down Aaron Crittenden at the plate to end the inning, his second assist in as many games.

JU took a 6-0 lead in the third when junior right fielder Chris Connelly hit a two-run double to right center, freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen hit an RBI single through the left side, sophomore third baseman Jimmy Howick hit an RBI single up the middle and freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker hit a two-run double to right center.

The Hatters made it 6-1 in the bottom of the third when Nick Rickles hit an RBI single up the middle.

Stetson cut the margin to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI single up the middle by Jeff Simpson.

The Hatters made it 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Rickles led off with a solo homer to right field.

The Dolphins pushed the advantage to 8-3 in the sixth when Murphy hit a two-run homer to left field with two outs.

JU made it 9-3 in the eighth when junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins hit an RBI single through the left side.

The Hatters added four more runs in the bottom of the ninth when Lashley hit a two-run homer to left field and two runs scored on a throwing error.