Baseball falls at USF, 8-0
Junior Dan Gulbransen had two hits on Tuesday.
Junior Dan Gulbransen had two hits on Tuesday.
The JU baseball team had another tough day defensively en route to a 8-0 loss at USF on Tuesday night.

The Dolphins (4-7) committed four errors that led to seven Bulls’ (8-4) runs in the second and third innings. JU has committed three or more errors on seven occasions this season.

“We have to stop giving away outs,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We can’t dig holes that big because it’s very difficult to come out of them. Our goal is to shake this off and get back after it tomorrow.”

USF starter Matt Reed (1-1) scattered four hits and struck out two in seven scoreless frames to get the win. Nick Gonzalez and Devin Smith added a scoreless relief frame for the Bulls.

Senior Steven Eagerton (0-3) took the loss for JU after allowing four unearned runs on six hits in two innings of work. Freshman Nolan Peterson allowed a run and fanned four batters in four innings of relief.

Juniors Dan Gulbransen and Ethan Loosen each had a double and single for the Dolphins. Freshman Alex McRae and senior Jonathan Murphy also had hits. The Bulls were led by Alex Mendez with three hits, an RBI and a run scored.

In USF second inning, Todd Brazeal opened with a single to center. Eagerton got the next batter to hit into a fielder’s choice, but a dropped throw at second kept the out from the board. Buddy Putnam followed with a single to right field to load the bases. Andrew Longley brought home Brazeal in the next at-bat with a shallow single to left field. After a strike out, Luis Llerena hit a ground ball to first base, but an overthrow to home allowed another run to score. Mendez and Chad Taylor each followed with consecutive RBI singles to give USF a 4-0 advantage.

Loosen got a one-out double for JU in the third inning. After a fly out, McRae singled to left field to try to score Loosen, but he was thrown out at the plate.

The Bulls tacked on three more runs in the third inning with the help of two more JU errors for a 7-0 lead. LIerena rounded out the frame scoring two on a double to right field. USF scored a run on a groundout in the sixth inning to close out the offense.

The Dolphins will wrap the series against USF tomorrow at 4 p.m. Fans can follow the action through the live links on JUDolphins.com.