SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011
Baseball’s rally falls short in 7-5 loss to Lipscomb
Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
The Dolphins had an opportunity to complete a comeback in the ninth but the rally fell short as the JU baseball team fell to Lipscomb, 7-5, Saturday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (14-9, 5-3) held an early 2-0 lead the first but LU (8-15, 1-4) scored seven unanswered runs and held off any ninth inning heroics to snap a nine-game skid.

In the ninth, the Dolphins had a runner on first base to lead off the inning but JU would go down in consecutive batters to end the game.

“We got into the emotions of the game today and we weren’t patient at the plate,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “You need to play with a calm presence in baseball and today the emotion of the game got the best of us. Tomorrow is a big game to try and keep our weekend success going.”

Senior Matthew Tomshaw (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (five earned) on seven hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Freshman Chris Anderson held the Bisons at bay the rest of the way by hurling 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Connor Sinclair (2-3) got the win after allowing two runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Josh Cotham notched his second save by logging 1.2 innings of shutout relief.

Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff, sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen and senior catcher Alex Swenson also added multiple hits.

Kyle Henry led the Bisons by going 2-for-4 with and an RBI while Matt Brewer hit a two-homer.

JU took a 2-0 lead in the first when Murphy and Gulbransen each tallied an RBI single.

LU evened the contest in the second when Brewer hit a two-run homer to left field.

The Bisons increased the lead to 6-2 in the second when Ricky Coleman hit a two-run double to left center, Henry hit an RBI single through the left side and M.L. Williams hit an RBI single to left.

LU increased the margin to 7-2 in the seventh when Tennyson Dodd hit an RBI double down the left field line.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to 7-5 in the eighth when junior shortstop Jimmy Howick drove in a run with an infield hit while two more runs scored on the play when Chad Fromm’s throw to first sailed up the right field line.

The Dolphins and Bisons will conclude their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all the action or fans can follow live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.