FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011
Baseball can't hold lead again in 5-3 loss to Kennesaw State
The Dolphins are starting to feel like they are going through their own version of Groundhog Day after holding a 3-0 lead through six innings only to see it slip through their hands once again as the JU baseball team fell to Kennesaw State, 5-3, Friday evening at Stillwell Stadium.
JU (33-20, 18-11) and KSU (32-22, 18-10) will now face off for a winner-take-all on Saturday for the No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Tournament next week in Nashville, Tenn.
“This series has become a pattern that I would like to break,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “KSU is riding sky high right now and in order for us to take a game, we have to shut the door on them after the fifth inning. It’s going to take a hard effort from everyone in order to do that.”
Junior Sean Green (3-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits. Freshman Tony Mollica got the no-decision despite allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in a season-best 6.2 innings.
Jeff Brown (2-0) got the win after allowing one run on three hits with a walk in two innings of relief. Steven Janus also got the no-decision after allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings. J.B. Johnson notched his ninth save by closing things out in the ninth.
Junior designated hitter Clay Kollenbaum went 2-for-4 with an RBI while sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker went 2-for-5 to lead the Dolphin offense.
Andy Chriscaden went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Sean McClurken and Chris Wages each finished with multiple hits.
JU took a 2-0 lead in the second when junior shortstop Jimmy Howick hit an RBI double to the left-field corner and junior designated hitter Clay Kollenbaum hit an RBI single to right center.
The Dolphins made it 3-0 in the seventh when senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo scored from third on a wild pitch.
The Owls took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the frame when Aaron Dobbs hit a three-run triple to right center and Andy Chriscaden hit a two-run double to left.
The Dolphins and Owls will conclude their series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The contest can followed on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action or through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.