Baseball opens with 10-1 loss to No. 2 Mercer
Freshman Adam Brett Walker
Freshman Adam Brett Walker
Sometimes things don’t ever go your way and that was apparent for the Dolphins on this day as the JU baseball team fell to No. 2 Mercer, 10-1, Wednesday in the second game of the 2010 Atlantic Sun Championship at Dugan Field.

JU (25-28), who will now face No. 6 Stetson at 11 a.m. on Thursday, left a game-high nine runners on base but could not find a break on several well hit balls throughout the game.

MU (34-22), which will advance to face the winner of No. 3 ETSU and No. 4 UNF tomorrow at 7 p.m., jumped out an early 5-0 lead in the first and never looked back.

“Everything that could have possibly gone wrong for us happened today,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “The positive for us is that we have been in this situation before and we know we can play better than this.”

Junior Matt Loosen (3-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on four hits while walking two before leaving in the first inning.

Matt McCall (7-2) got the win after allowing no runs and scattering only one hit with six walks and one strikeout in 5.1 innings.

Freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker broke the shutout with his team leading 16th home run in the top of the eighth. Freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen and junior right fielder Esterlin Perozo also tallied hits for the Dolphins.

Nick Demauro led the Bears by tying a conference tournament record by going 5-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Michael Langley, Kevin Moreland and Billy Burns each finished with three hits to round out the offense.

The Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first after tallying four hits while taking advantage of three walks and a hit batsman. Mercer looking to pile on more runs with the bases loaded and one out but Burns flied out to right and Perozo gunned down Joe Winker at the plate to end the inning.

Mercer increased the lead to 6-0 in the third when Michael Langley led off the inning with a home run to center.

The Bears made it 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Dimauro scored from third on a passed ball and Burns drove in a run with a chop single to third.

Mercer added two more run in the bottom of the eighth to end the scoring in the contest.

In other conference tourney action, No. 1 FGCU defeated No. 6 Stetson, 9-4, to open the day.

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