SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011
Baseball falls to FGCU, 8-2
A day later, the story was a little bit different as the Dolphins managed only seven hits and left a game-high 10 runners on base while the pitching staff couldn’t find their way out of the big innings as the JU baseball team fell to FGCU, 8-2, Saturday afternoon at Swanson Stadium.
JU (25-16, 15-8) had only four players record a hit in the contest while FGCU (22-21, 11-9) used a three run first and two run third to build an early cushion.
“We knew today was going to take a perfect game from us and that didn’t happen,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “FGCU plays very hard in their ball park and they didn’t fell too good about how things went last night. Both of us are trying to establish our position in the conference standing so I expect tomorrow to be a very hard fought contest.”
Freshman Tony Mollica (2-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Senior Brian Gilroy kept the game in check late by allowing only one run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of relief.
Richard Knapp (5-1) got the win after allowing only two runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings.
Junior third baseman Kevin Lehane led the Dolphins by going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker and senior right fielder Chris Connelly each finished 2-for-4. Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen had his career-high hitting streak snapped at 23 games after going 0-for-5.
Tim Roberson led the Eagles by going 2-for-5 with an RBI while Mike Reeves tallied a game-high three RBI.
The Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the first when Reeves hit a two-run double down the first base line with two outs followed by an RBI single to left by Javi Sujo.
FGCU made it 5-0 in the third when Reeves drew a bases loaded walk and Jake Foley hit a sacrifice fly to center. The Eagles still threatened with runners on second and third with two outs but freshman Jimmy Appleby go Stephen Wickens to pop out to the mound to end the inning.
FGCU increased the margin to 7-0 in the fourth when Brandon Bednar drove in a run with a ground out to second and Roberson hit an RBI single up the middle.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 7-2 in the sixth when Lehane hit an RBI double down the left-field line and junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy drove in a run with a grounder to short.
FGCU made it 8-2 in the sixth when Zach Maxfield hit an RBI single to left center with two outs.
The Dolphins and Eagles will conclude its series on Sunday at Noon. Be sure to check out JUDolphins.com for game day outlets.