FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2012
Baseball blanks Wagner, 10-0
The JU baseball team scored runs early and often to down Wagner, 10-0, on Friday night at John Sessions Stadium.
The Dolphins (6-7) scored seven runs with two outs to earn their second straight win and improve to 5-2 at home. The Seahawks (1-9) recorded five of their eight hits in the final three innings, but were held off the board by the JU pitching staff.
“This was another good effort for us,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We had a very good approach at the plate tonight. This is a good time to keep improving each contest so we can have some momentum as we head toward A-Sun play.”
Freshman Alex McRae drove in three runs to pace the JU offense, while juniors Adam Brett Walker II had three doubles and two RBI. Sophomore Jimmy Appleby and junior Jake Huxtable each had two RBI. Junior Dan Gulbransen went 3-for-4 with three runs scored on the evening.
Sophomore Chris Anderson (1-0) earned his first win of the season by scattering five hits and fanning five batters in seven innings. Freshman RC Williams and sophomore Adam Maxon closed the contest with a scoreless relief frame apiece.
Dakota Dvorak (0-2) took the loss for Wagner after allowing eight runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Bill Murphy led the offense with three hits.
In the first inning, Huxtable hit a one-out home run to get the Dolphins on the board. Gulbransen followed with a hit and advanced to third on a Walker II double. Senior Jonathan Murphy plated Gulbransen on a ground out for the 2-0 advantage.
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff led off the third inning with a single and stole second. After a fly out moved Ratliff to third, Dvorak induced a ground out, but issued consecutive walks to load the bases. McRae scored two with a single to center field, while Appleby followed with a two-run double to break the contest open.
The Dolphins took a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning after Ratliff scored on a Huxtable sacrifice fly. Gulbransen singled to keep the inning alive before scoring on a Walker II double in the next at-bat.
Walker II doubled home Gulbransen again in the sixth inning to make it a 9-0 lead. He later scored on a two-out single from McRae.
Anderson ran into little trouble, scattering two hits and fanning four in the first three innings. Wagner got runners on first and second with one out in the fourth inning, but Anderson struck out Murphy and senior catcher Matt Frank threw out a leaning runner at first to quash the threat.
The Seahawks had a runner at second in the final two frames before Williams and Frank got the final out of the inning.
JU left-hander Corben Madden (1-0, 7.56 ERA) is scheduled to face Wagner right-hander Ryan Van Spronsen (1-0, 2.77 ERA) in game two of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. in John Sessions Stadium.