SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012
Baseball falls to Wagner, 4-1
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff had one of JU's five hits.
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff had one of JU's five hits.
Wagner evened the series with the JU baseball team after earning a 4-1 win on Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.

Ryan Van Spronsen (2-0) secured his second win for the Seahawks (2-9) after allowing a run on five hits and seven strikeouts in nine innings. Ian Miller had two hits to pace the offense.

The Dolphins (6-8) issued eight walks in the first three innings and had only two hits through six innings in the loss.

“We came out flat today,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “They took advantage of our early mistakes and we were not able to recover. We will look rebound tomorrow in the finale.”

Junior Corben Madden (1-1) took the loss for the JU after surrendering three runs on four walks and three strikeouts in two innings. Freshman Nolan Peterson allowed four walks and a run in 2.1 relief innings. Junior Drew Woods kept the Dolphins close by scattering two this in 4.2 scoreless frames.

The Seahawks scored a run in the first three innings, two without the benefit of a hit, for a 3-0 lead.

Miller scored on a two-out infield single from Bill Murphy in the first inning. Wagner made it 2-0 in the second inning as Tommy Higgins scored on a ground out. A failed picked off by JU in the third inning on double steal plated Wagner’s third run.

Jayson Keel recorded a one-out double to left field in the Seahawks’ fifth inning. Keel moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a single by Hayden Hunter for the 4-0 advantage.

In the JU seventh inning, junior Adam Brett Walker II led off with a single. After a fly out to right field, freshman Alex McRae drew a walk. Van Spronsen induced a pop out to third by sophomore Jimmy Appleby and fanned senior Matt Frank to end the threat.

Junior Ethan Loosen led off the eighth inning with a double and advanced to third on a single by sophomore Taylor Ratliff. Van Spronsen got a double play to allow only a run and ground out in the following at-bat to quash any comeback. He had a perfect ninth inning to secure the win.

The Dolphins wrap the series with Wagner tomorrow at 1 p.m. in John Sessions Stadium. Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.