WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2011
Murphy’s career day leads baseball over Florida A&M, 15-5
Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy went 4-for-5 with a career-best two home runs and six RBI to lead the JU baseball team to a 15-5 win over Florida A&M, Wednesday evening in seven innings at Moore-Kittles Field.
JU (27-17) won only its second mid-week contest of the season (2-8) after pounding out 15 runs on 16 against FAMU (16-32).
“It’s nice to get another mid-week win,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Murphy had a nice day and we got some guys an opportunity to get some swings. We have a quick turnaround before we face a tough UNF squad.”
Junior Sean Green (3-1) got the win after allowing only one run on six hits with seven strikeouts in five innings of work. Thomas Barwick (4-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing 10 runs on 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Along with Murphy, freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff and junior third baseman Kevin Lehane each finished with multiple hit and an RBI. Senior designated hitter Esterlin Perozo also went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
Cory Franklin led the Hatters by going 3-for-4.
JU took a 1-0 lead in the first when sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker hit an RBI grounder to short.
The Dolphins increased the margin to 7-0 in the fourth when freshman designated hitter Patrick Long drove in a run with a grounder to second, junior catcher Matt Frank hit an RBI single up the middle and Murphy hit a three-run shot to left center. The Rattlers cut the margin to 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Oscar Santalo laced an RBI single down the third base line.
JU made it 14-1 in the sixth by plating seven runs on six hits while taking advantage of two FAMU errors.
FAMU cut the deficit to 14-5 bottom of the sixth by plating four runs on three hits while taking advantage of a Dolphin throwing error.
The Dolphins added another run in the seventh when Murphy led off the frame with a solo shot to left, his second of the game and fourth of the season.
The Dolphins will next host UNF for the final installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble, beginning at John Sessions Stadium on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action. The game can also be viewed through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.