SUNDAY, MAY 01, 2011
Tomshaw hurls shutout to give baseball series win over FGCU
In the rubber game of an important A-Sun matchup, senior Matthew Tomshaw decided to take matters into his own hands and put the coaching staff at ease by hurling his first career complete game shutout to lead the JU baseball team to a 6-0 win and a series win over FGCU, Sunday afternoon at Swanson Stadium.
JU (26-16, 16-8) tallied its third shutout of the season, the most since 2004, while also playing flawless defense and scoring five runs in the first three innings.
FGCU (22-22, 11-10) managed only three hits in the contest while three errors led to three unearned runs for the Dolphins.
“I’m very happy with how today went for us,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Matthew gave our bullpen a much needed rest, we played great defensively and we hit the ball around the yard. We have two more conference series coming up and we still have some work to do but this win puts us in a pretty good spot. Now we need to get ready to host nationally ranked Florida State at our place on Tuesday.”
Tomshaw (5-3) allowed only three hits while walking one and striking out five batters. It was the first complete game shutout since Matt Garner shut out Mercer in a seven inning contest during the 2007 season.
Harrison Conney (3-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in three innings.
Freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-5 while junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy and sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker (double, two RBI) each finished with multiple hits.
The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the first when Walker hit an RBI single through the left side and sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen scored from third on a double steal.
JU made it 3-0 in the second when senior catcher scored on a fielding error by center fielder Jake Foley, who overran a base hit by Ratliff.
The Dolphins increased the margin to 5-0 in the third when Walker hit an RBI double to left and a run scored on a fielding error by second baseman Mikel Alvarez.
The Eagles seemed poised to put their first runs on the board in the sixth with runners on first and third with no outs but Tomshaw got the force out to the plate on a squeeze bunt by Bradon Bednar. After a base hit through the left side by Tim Roberson loaded the bases, Tomshaw got Zach Maxfield to foul out to Walker at first and Mike Reeves to fly out to center to end the inning.
The Dolphins will next host #8 Florida State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action. The game can also be seen on ASun.TV or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.