THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010
Baseball survives with 3-2 win over No. 6 Stetson
Junior Jamaal Hawkins
Junior Jamaal Hawkins
Senior first baseman Alex Martinez’s flair for the dramatic extended the 2010 season for the Dolphins as the JU baseball team defeated No. 6 Stetson, 3-2, Thursday morning in the fourth game of the 2010 Atlantic Sun Championship at Dugan Field.

JU (26-28), which will play tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT against an opponent to be determined, finished with only six hits in the contest but relied on strong pitching and a pair of solo home runs by junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins before Martinez’s walk-off double in the ninth.

SU (27-31) had its season come to an end despite tying the score with a run in the ninth.

“You could never get comfortable in this game but we’ll take the result every time,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “This is a big win and hopefully it will get our offense going for tomorrow’s game.”

With the scored tied in the ninth, Hawkins pulled a single through the left side with one out before moving to second when freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen was hit by a pitch. Martinez followed by hitting the first pitch off the wall in left center to end it.

Junior Chris Kaminski (5-5) got the win after allowing only one run on two hits with a walk in 2.2 innings of relief. Junior Matt Tomshaw got the no-decision despite allowing only one run on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

Lindsey Caughel (5-7) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work.

Hawkins led the offense by finishing 3-for-4 with two home runs and two RBI before scoring the eventually game-winning run. Junior right fielder Esterlin Perozo and senior second baseman Chuck Opachich also finished with hits.

Jeff Simpson led the Hatters by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Robert Crews also added two hits.

JU took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hawkins hit a solo shot to left center with one out.

Stetson evened the contest, 1-1, in the third when Ryan Lashley hit an RBI double to left center with two outs.

The Dolphins made it 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Hawkins hit a solo shot to right field to lead off the inning.

The Hatters threatened in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out but Kaminski entered the contest and got Lashley to ground into the 5-2-3 double-play to end the inning.

Stetson evened the contest again, this time 2-2, in the ninth when Simpson hit an RBI single through the left side on a 0-2 count with two outs.

The Dolphins will wait for the results of two games before determining their opponent. If No. 1 FGCU defeats No. 4 UNF, JU will face the loser of No. 2 Mercer and No. 3 ETSU. If No. 4 UNF defeats No. 1 FGCU, the Dolphins will face No. 4 UNF.