TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011
Walker’s walk-off base hit leads baseball to 7-6 win over Bethune-Cookman
Late game heroics are becoming a theme for the 2011 Dolphins as sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker laced a walk-off single to right in the bottom of the ninth to lead the JU baseball team to a 7-6 win over Bethune-Cookman, Tuesday evening at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (30-18), which has now recorded two walk-off hits since April 15 and has rallied for wins after an early deficit in 13 games this season, registered its latest comeback after scoring three unanswered runs in the final two frames.
B-CU (32-22) held a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth then rallied again for a 6-4 advantage in the top of the eighth but were unable to hold off the Dolphins.
Trailing 6-4 in the eighth with runners on first and second with two outs, freshman pinch hitter Patrick Long hit an RBI single to center and was followed by an RBI single up the middle by senior designated hitter Chris Connelly to tie the contest. In the ninth, junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy and sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen drew back-to-back walks with one out. In the next at-bat, Walker hit a 1-0 pitch into right field and the throw to plate was never close as Murphy crossed the plate standing up to end the contest.
“We are gaining confidence when we head into the eighth inning,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It’s not something I like to rely on every game but we know that good things have happened for us and we are never out of a ballgame. It’s contagious and it worked for us again tonight.”
Freshman Chris Anderson (4-2) got the win after allowing only one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief. Senior Chris Kaminski, who made his first appearance on the mound since April 8, hurled a scoreless inning of relief. Junior
Sean Green got the no-decision after allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in four innings.
Joey Munoz (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on two walks in 0.1 innings of relief. Rayan Gonzalez also got the no-decision after allowing four runs on nine hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in five innings of work.
Walker led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-5 with the game-winning RBI while junior third baseman Kevin Lehane finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. Junior Jonathan Murphy finished 2-for-4 with two RBI while Connelly went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Perry O’Brien led the Wildcats by going 3-for-5 while Matt Wright, D.J. Leonard and Nick Johnson each finished with multiple hits.
The Wildcats took 1-0 lead in the first when Ryan Durrance hit an RBI double off the left-center wall with two outs.
B-CU made it 2-0 in the fourth when Nick Johnson hit an RBI single to left with two outs.
The Wildcats added another run in the fifth when a run scored an errant throw home to gun down a runner on a double-steal.
The Dolphins took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Murphy hit a two-run single through the right side, Gulbransen hit an RBI single to second and Lehane knocked an RBI single up the middle – all with two outs.
The Wildcats evened the contest, 4-4, in the seventh when a runner scored from third on a passed ball.
B-CU made it 6-4 in the eighth when pinch-hitter Paul Biocic hit a two-run double to left with two outs.
The Dolphins will next host Florida A&M on Friday at 7 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The game can be viewed through ASun.TV or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.