Alexander secures 700th victory as JU downs USF
Head Coach Terry Alexander earned his 700th win on Wednesday.
Head Coach Terry Alexander earned his 700th win on Wednesday.
A solid day from senior Jonathan Murphy helped the JU baseball team defeat USF, 9-2, for head coach Terry Alexander’s 700th win on Wednesday at the USF Baseball Stadium.

Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI in leading the Dolphins (5-7) to their first midweek win of the season. Juniors Jake Huxtable and Adam Brett Walker II each recorded two RBI to help the cause.

“This was a good sold win today,” Alexander said. “There were a lot of guys who stepped up and played well. It’s an honor to come to win 700, but I credit all the good players we had in the program over the years to allow me to get this far. They deserve the credit for making this program a quality one.”

Freshman Alex McRae (2-0) allowed an unearned run on five hits and four strikeouts in seven innings to get the win. Juniors Joe Ryan and Drew Woods held the Bulls (8-5) to a run in the final two innings.

USF starter Kyle Parker (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks in 3.1 innings.

Sophomore Taylor Ratliff led off the game with a walk and moved to second on a ground out in the next at-bat. Junior Dan Gulbransen followed with a walk. After a successful double steal, Walker II plated both runners with a single up the middle for a 2-0 lead.

The Bulls cut the lead in half during the second inning by scoring on a JU throwing error.

With one-out in the third inning, Huxtable and Gulbransen had consecutive singles, while Walker II was walked to load the bases. Murphy doubled home Huxtable and Gulbransen to extend the JU lead to 4-1.

Huxtable made it a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning by plating junior Ethan Loosen on a sacrifice bunt. The Dolphins took a commanding 7-1 inning on a two-run home run to left field from Murphy.

In the USF sixth inning, Daniel Rockhold reached second on a two-bases throwing error with one out. After a strikeout, Jimmy Falla pushed Rockhold to third on an infield single. McRae induced a ground out to shortstop in the next at-bat to end the threat.

Ratliff led off the seventh inning with a walk before scoring on a double by Huxtable in the next at-bat. Gulbransen and Walker II each followed with walks to load the bases. Murphy hit into a double play, but it still scored Huxtable from third for the 9-1 lead.

Ryan allowed runners to get to second and third with two outs in the eighth inning, but Woods got a ground out to end the threat.

The Bulls scored a run on a triple in the ninth inning before Woods got the final two outs to secure the win.

The Dolphins return to John Sessions Stadium Friday to begin a three-game series against Wagner. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.