SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011
Baseball splits doubleheader with #18 Stetson
Junior Jonathan Murphy went 5-for-11 with four RBI in two games. Play Video
Junior Jonathan Murphy went 5-for-11 with four RBI in two games.
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Junior Matt Frank
Junior Matt Frank
The Dolphins used eighth inning magic once again to win Game One (10-4) but a seven-run second inning by the Hatters was the difference in Game Two (9-5) as the JU baseball team split a doubleheader with No. 18 Stetson, Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (24-15, 14-7), won its first game against a ranked opponent in 2011 (1-5) by plating six runs in the eighth inning of Game One.

SU (31-9, 14-4) jumped out to an early lead in the night cap and was able to hold off another eight-inning rally by the Dolphins to take the series.

“We had a much better effort today and we were within striking distance to take the series,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Stetson proved why they are a top 20 team and I hope we get a chance to face them again in the tournament.”

In Game One, both teams were tied (4-4) until JU plated six runs on six hits while taking advantage of an error.

Freshman Chris Anderson (3-1) got the win after hurling three innings of shutout relief. Freshman Adam Maxon also added 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to keep the contest tied. Freshman Tony Mollica got the no-decision after allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits while walking four and striking out three in 4.1 innings.

Will Dorsey (5-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings. Lindsey Caughel also got the no-decision after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.

Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy led the Dolphins by going 3-for-6 with three RBI. Junior shortstop Jimmy Howick also finished with three hits while sophomore centerfielder Dan Gulbransen and sophomore designated hitter Adam Brett Walker (triple, three RBI) also finished with multiple hits.

Nick Rickles and Ben Carhart each finished with multiple hits to lead the Hatters.

In Game Two, the Hatters broke a scoreless tie in the second by plating seven runs on five hits while talking advantage of a Dolphin throwing error.

JU would cut the margin to 9-4 in the bottom of the eighth and still had runners on first and second but Jake Boyd entered the contest and got a strike out looking on a 3-2 count to end the threat.

Junior Sean Green (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits with two walks in two innings. Senior Brian Gilroy kept the Dolphins within striking distance by allowing only one run on two hits through five innings. Freshman Will Flor would add an inning of shutout relief with three strikeouts.

Boyd (4-0) got the win after hurling 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Austin Perez got the no-decision after allowing one run on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout in 4.1 innings.

Junior catcher Matt Frank led the Dolphins by going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI while Murphy added two hits. Gulbransen extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games with a base hit an infield hit to first in the third inning.

Carhart led the Hatters by going 2-for-4 with two RBI while Mark Jones added two hits.

The Dolphins will return to A-Sun action on the road against FGCU beginning on April 29 at 6:30 p.m.