FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011
Baseball falls to #18 Stetson in series opener, 14-6
In an even contest through four innings, mistakes in the field again proved costly for the Dolphins as the JU baseball team fell to No. 18 Stetson, 14-6, Friday evening at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (23-14, 13-6), now 0-4 in 2011 against ranked opponents, rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the third but SU (30-8, 13-3) finished with a game-high 17 hits and scored seven unearned runs on six Dolphin errors.
“You have to tip your cap to Kurt Schluter tonight but we didn’t help ourselves in the field,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We still need to realize that when we make a mistake, you forget it and get the next out. We have a chance to do some things tomorrow but we need to believe that we can.”
Senior Matthew Tomshaw (4-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing 11 runs (six earned) on 13 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Freshman Jimmy Appleby worked a scoreless ninth in his first collegiate appearance on the mound.
Schluter (8-0) notched the win after allowing three unearned runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Junior shortstop Jimmy Howick led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Senior catcher Alex Swenson drove in two runs while sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen extended his career-long hitting streak to 20 games. Ryan Lashley went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI while Jeff Simpson and Robert Crews also finished with three hits apiece. Nick Rickles, Spencer Thiesen and Trey Blackman also added multiple hits.
The Hatters took a 1-0 lead in the first when Rickles hit a sacrifice fly to left and then made it 3-0 in the second when Blackman hit an RBI single down the right field line and Simpson drove in a run with a grounder to short.
The Dolphins evened the contest, 3-3, in the third when Swenson hit a two-run single to left and a run scored on a throwing error by shortstop Mark Jones.
SU would take the lead for good in the fifth when they plated five runs on four hits while taking advantage of one Dolphin error. The Hatters would add three more runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to make it 13-3.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 13-6 in the bottom of the seventh when Howick hit a three-run homer down the left field line, his fourth of the season.
SU would add one more run in the eighth on another fielding error by the Dolphins.
The contest began with a ceremonial first pitch from JU lacrosse co-captain Jake Ziegler threw out the ceremonial first pitch in honor of fellow co-captain Corey Lovrich, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. The JU lacrosse team and SAAC sold t-shirts and wristbands while accepting donations with proceeds going to the Corey Lovrich Medical Fund, which will help the family cover medical costs.
The Dolphins and Hatters will conclude their series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The Game One can be heard live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action. Both game can be followed through A-Sun.TV or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.