FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011
Baseball defeats Florida A&M, 14-11
Freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff went 4-for-4 with a triple and four RBI while the Dolphins survived a late inning scare as the JU baseball team defeated Florida A&M, 14-11, Friday evening at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (31-18) held a 14-3 lead through seven innings but FAMU (17-37) scored three runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth to make things dicey late.
“I was not happy with our intensity tonight,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “I give all the credit in the world to Florida A&M because they never quit in this ballgame. We need to have a professional approach in each and every game. Tomorrow we have a chance to make things right and get back on track.”
Junior Steve Eagerton (8-0) got the win with a predetermined start, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Freshman Adam Maxon added three innings of shutout relief with five strikeouts in three innings of work.
Heath Blackburn (1-9) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits with four walks in five innings.
Along with Ratliff, junior Kevin Lehane went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo finished 2-for-4 with three RBI while sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Senior designated hitter Chris Connelly also finished with multiple hits.
Cory Franklin led the Rattlers by going 3-for-5 with double and four RBI while Tobi Adeyemi finished 3-for-6. Antonio Kilpatrick, Jimmie Terrell, John Scott, Ryan Sheplak and Adam Decker also finished with multiple hits.
JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second when Perozo and Ratliff hit back-to-back RBI singles to second.
The Rattlers evened the contest, 2-2, in the third when Franklin drove in a run with a chop single in front of the mound before another run scored on an errant throw to the plate in the same sequence.
FAMU took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Ryan Sheplak hit an RBI double to left center.
The Dolphins recaptured the lead, 5-3, in the bottom of the fourth when Ratliff hit a sacrifice fly to center and Lehane hit a two-run single through the left side.
JU increased the margin to 6-3 in the fifth when Ratliff pulled an RBI single through the right side.
The Dolphins broke the game open in the sixth by plating eight runs on seven hits.
The Ratters added three runs in the eighth when Ryan Sheplak hit an RBI double to left center, a run scored from third on a wild pitch and Kilpatrick hit an RBI single to center.
FAMU cut the margin to 14-11 in the ninth by scoring five runs on five hits before a strikeout ended the game.
The Dolphins and Florida A&M will play on Saturday at Noon in the 2011 home finale at John Sessions Stadium. The game can be viewed through ASun.TV or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.