SATURDAY, MARCH 03, 2012
Baseball defeats Florida A&M, 13-8
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff was one of four JU players with multiple RBI Play Video
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff was one of four JU players with multiple RBI
The JU baseball team rallied back from a six-run deficit to down Florida A&M, 13-8, on Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.

The Rattlers (1-10) scored four runs in the third inning on five two-out hits to take a 6-0 lead. The Dolphins (4-6) answered by scoring runs in four of the next five innings to hold off their pesky in-state rivals.

“It’s nice to come away with the two-game sweep,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We got shell shocked a little early, but happy with the way our guys kept their composure and rallied back. We will continue to build on this momentum Tuesday.”

Junior Joe Ryan (1-0) earned the win for JU after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. Freshmen Jeff Tanner, Spencer Jack and Nolan Peterson and sophomore Will Flor each added a scoreless relief frame.

FAMU reliever Tony Covington took the loss, allowing four runs on two hits to start the seventh inning.

After earning the win in relief last night, sophomore Jimmy Appley had a bases-clearing double in the seventh to seal the win for the Dolphins. Juniors Adam Brett Walker II and Ethan Loosen and sophomore Taylor Ratliff had two RBI apiece. Junior Dan Gulbransen led JU with three hits.

Aaron Smith went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a home run to pace the Rattlers offense.

Trailing 6-0 to start the fourth inning, the Dolphins led off with two singles and a walk to load the bases. The Rattlers cut off the lead runner at the plate in the next at-bat on a fielder’s choice hit. Loosen and Ratliff followed with consecutive two-run doubles to get JU’s first runs. After a strikeout, Gulbransen singled home Ratliff to cut the deficit to 6-5.

The Dolphins tied the game at six in the fifth inning on a run-scoring fielder’s choice hit by sophomore Chris Anderson.

In the sixth inning, Smith hit a two-run home run to left field to give FAMU an 8-6 advantage. Walker matched Smith in the bottom of the frame with a two-run shot to tie it again.

Freshman Garrett Ruckel got a one-out single in the seventh inning, while Loosen and Ratliff was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Appleby followed with a double to right field to score every one for the 11-8 lead. Appleby later scored on a wild pitch, while senior Jonathan Murphy had a run-scoring sacrifice fly to wrap the inning.

Jack and Peterson retired the eight of the final nine FAMU hitters to secure the win.

The Dolphins start a two-game road series at USF on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., at 7 p.m. Fans can hear the game live on 1010XL starting at 6:45 p.m.