SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011
Baseball gets all around effort in 12-3 win over ETSU
Chris Connelly
Chris Connelly
The hits just kept on coming for the Dolphin offense while senior Matthew Tomshaw hurled six dominant innings as the JU baseball team overcame an early 2-0 deficit en route to a 12-3 win over ETSU, Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Park.

JU (13-6, 4-1) scored 10 plus runs in consecutive games for the first time this year while holding ETSU (11-4, 4-2) to its second lowest scoring output of the season.

“I usually worry after we score a lot of runs the game before but today proved me wrong,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “This was a great game in all phases for us. Matthew did a tremendous job against a big hitting club and really only made one bad pitch all day. We are going to enjoy this one the rest of the day but we have one more to go tomorrow.”

Tomshaw (2-1) won his second straight decision after allowing only two runs on nine hits while striking out eight in seven innings of work. Freshman Chris Anderson added two innings of strong relief to top off the afternoon.

Bo Burton (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on seven hits with four walks and a strikeout in four innings.

Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen led the Dolphins offense by going 3-for-5 with a triple. Senior right fielder Chris Connelly went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy, junior shortstop Jimmy Howick and senior catcher Alex Swenson each finished with multiple hits.

John Long led the Bucs by going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI.

The Bucs took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning when Long hit a two-run homer to left.

The Dolphins cut the margin to 2-1 in the third when freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff drove in a run with a grounder to second.

JU took a 6-2 lead after plating five runs on four hits in the fourth. Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker started things off with an RBI single to center before Swenson hit a sacrifice fly to right. Connelly would provide the fireworks with a three-run shot to left field, his first of the season.

The Dolphins increased the margin to 9-2 in the fifth when a run scored on double play and junior designated hitter Kevin Lehane hit a two-run homer to left field, his team-leading fourth of the season.

JU made it 10-2 in the sixth when Murphy hit an RBI single to the right side.

The Dolphins added two more runs in the eighth when Ratliff hit a two-run single to center.

ETSU would add a run in the bottom of the ninth until Anderson got Paul Hoilmann to ground out to third to end the game.

The Dolphins and Bucs will conclude their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be viewed on GameTracker and the ETSU Sports Network by logging onto JUDolphins.com.