SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011
Baseball wins series but falls to ETSU, 10-8, in finale
In another power display, the Dolphins came away with the lower number on the scoreboard this time around as the JU baseball team fell to ETSU, 10-8, Sunday afternoon at Cardinal Park.
JU (13-7, 4-2) had its seven-game winning streak in Johnson City, Tenn. snapped after ETSU (12-4, 5-2) erased an early 6-2 deficit in the third by tallying a game-high 13 hits.
“We knew today was going to be a battle because ETSU is too good of a team to sweep,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We put ourselves in position early but they did a great job of battling back. Obviously you don’t want to end a weekend with a loss but to leave with a conference series win is pretty good.”
Freshman Adam Maxon (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Senior Chris Kaminski got the no-decision after allowing seven runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Junior Sean Green and freshman Zac Houck kept the Dolphins within striking distance by combining for 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Dak Rissman (2-0) got the win after allowing only two runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings of work. Bo Reeder notched his ninth save by hurling a perfect ninth. Derek Bushey also got the no-decision after allowing six runs (five earned) with two walks and four strikeouts in three innings.
Freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-5 with a double while senior catcher Alex Swenson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Reeder also excelled on the field by going 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI while John Long also finished 3-for-5.
ETSU took an early 2-0 lead in the first when Reeder hit a two-run homer to left field.
JU evened the contest in the second when Swenson hit an RBI double to left center and freshman second baseman Chris Moye knocked an RBI single off the left-field wall, all with two outs.
The Dolphins took a 6-2 lead in the third when sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker crushed a three-run homer to left and a run scored on a throwing error by Corey McPherson at second base.
The Bucs cut the margin to 6-5 in the bottom of the third when Andrew Green led off the frame with a solo homer to right and Trent hit two-run single to left center.
JU made it 7-5 in the fourth when senior right fielder Chris Connelly led off the inning with a bomb to left.
ETSU evened the contest in the bottom of the fourth when Dylan Pratt hit a two-run single down the right-field line with the bases loaded. The Bucs still threatened with runners on first and second but Maxon entered the contest and struck out Trent looking before getting Long to pop to short to end the inning.
The Bucs took a 10-7 lead in the fifth when Reeder hit a three-run homer to dead center with two outs.
The Dolphins made it 10-8 in the sixth when sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen hit a sacrifice fly to right.
The Dolphins will end its five-game road trip against Bethune-Cookman at Jackie Robinson BallPark on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The contest can be viewed on live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.