SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010
Baseball’s magical run ends with 7-3 loss to No. 2 Mercer
After two straight days of dramatics, the magic finally ran out for the Dolphins in the 2010 season as the JU baseball team fell to No. 2 Mercer, 7-3, Saturday evening in the 10th game of the 2010 Atlantic Sun Championship at Dugan Field.
JU (27-29), which finished second in the tournament, finished with a game-high 11 hits but left a game-high nine runners on base.
MU (37-22), which won its first A-Sun Tournament title since 1984, scored two runs in the sixth and seventh to put the game out of reach and finish the week undefeated.
“You always want to win a championship but I am so proud of how we got here,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “With us getting into the tournament in the final week of the regular season, I am very pleased with the way we competed this week. There are definitely some seniors we are going to miss next year but our young guys got a taste of what it’s like to compete in the tournament. It was a great run but you have to tip your hat to the way Mercer played this week.”
Junior Matt Tomshaw (8-2), on two days of rest, was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
David Teasley (5-1), who appeared in every game this week, earned the win after allowing only on run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in 2.1 innings of relief. Justice French got the no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in two innings of work.
Freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen led the Dolphins by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Junior right fielder Esterlin Perozo also finished with multiple hits to lead the squad. Junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins went 1-for-5 and was named to the A-Sun all-tournament team.
Thomas Carroll led the Bears by going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI while Michael Langley also finished with multiple hits and two RBI. Jacob Tanis also finished with multiple hits en route to tournament MVP honors.
The Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first when Langley hit an RBI double to right center and Carroll laced an RBI single through the right side.
The Dolphins evened the score, 2-2, in the bottom of the first when sophomore third baseman Jimmy Howick hit an RBI infield single to short and freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker hit an RBI single to right.
Mercer took a 4-2 lead in the sixth when Jacob Tanis hit a solo homer to left and Nick DiMauro hit an RBI single to left center.
The Bears increased the margin to 6-2 in the seventh when Carroll hit a two-run double down the right-field line with two outs.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh when freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen hit an RBI double down the left-field line.
The contest was the final game in a JU uniform for seniors Derek Abis, Kyle Kriech, Alex Martinez, Chuck Opachich and Glenn Witkowski.