Baseball takes home opener, 6-1, over Samford
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Tony Mollica
Tony Mollica
Youth went wild for the Dolphins as three freshmen pitchers combined to allow only one run while sophomore right fielder Adam Brett Walker went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the JU baseball team to a 6-1 win over Samford, Friday evening in the 2011 home opener at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (3-2) trailed 1-0 in the second inning but went on to score six unanswered runs while holding SU (5-1) to only four hits in the contest.

“I will take a lot more of these type of games,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Our young pitchers did a tremendous job, our offense answered back when we got in a hole and our defense was excellent. Hopefully, we can continue this trend tomorrow because I know Samford is going to be ready to play.”

Freshman Tony Mollica (1-0) got the win after allowing only one run on two hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Freshman Adam Maxon extended his scoreless inning streak to 8.1 innings after hurling two shutout frames. Freshman Zac Houck topped things off with a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Putkonen (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Along with Walker, junior shortstop Jimmy Howick added a two-run single while junior designated hitter Esterlin Perozo recorded a double in his first action of the season.

Gardner Richey led the Bulldogs by going 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

Samford got out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Richey connected on a shot to left field with two outs.

The Dolphins answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the second when senior catcher Alex Swenson hit an RBI single through the right side and freshman second baseman Chris Moye hit a sacrifice fly to center.

JU increased the margin to 4-1 in the bottom of the third when Howick hit a two-run single through the left side after taking advantage of a fielding error by Tommy Corbin at third base.

The Dolphins added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Walker hit an RBI single through the right side.

JU made it 6-1 in the sixth when freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff pulled a bunt single past the mound to score Perozo from third.

JU and Samford will continue its four-game set with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both games can be followed on ASun.TV or livestats by logging onto