SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
Baseball loses late to Wagner, 6-5
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff Play Video
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff
Wagner took advantage of mistakes by the JU baseball team for a 6-5 win on Sunday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.

The Dolphins (6-9) scored four two-out runs in the second inning for the early lead. The Seahawks (3-9) stayed in the contest with the help of four JU errors and two hit batters in the eighth set up the winning runs to take the series.

“We just have to play better,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We hurt ourselves most days than the opponent hurts us. Our goal is to get back to playing sound baseball because that will help us in the long run.”

Wagner reliever Ryan Carmon (1-0) earned the win with 2.1 scoreless frames. Anothy Battaglia allowed a hit and struck out a batter in 1.1 innings for the save.

Senior Sean Green (0-2) took the loss in relief, allowing three runs, two earned, and a hit in 2.1 innings. Freshman Alex McRae had 1.2 scoreless relief frames for JU.

Tommy Higgins drove in two of the six runs for Wagner. Junior Ethan Loosen and sophomore Taylor Ratliff each finished with three hits to lead the JU offense.

Trailing 2-0 in the second inning, sophomores Chris Anderson and Jimmy Appleby recorded consecutive one-out singles. After a strikeout, Loosen doubled to center to score Anderson. Ratliff followed with a single through the right side, scoring Appleby and Loosen to the 3-0 lead. Junior Jake Huxtable capped off the inning with a double that hung into the wind and fell in shallow center field to plate Ratliff.

The Dolphins made it 5-2 in the fourth after Loosen scored from third before Huxtable was tagged out stealing for the third out of the inning.

Wagner cut the deficit to 5-4 by plating a run in fifth and sixth inning with the help of JU error each time.

Green opened the eighth inning by hitting the first two batters. Nick Alfano moved the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat. Green was lifted for sophomore Will Flor, who threw a wild pitch in his first offering, allowing the runner at third to score to tie the contest. After an intentional walk, Chris Smith used a safety squeeze to score Mitchell Dressing from third to give the Seahawks a 6-5 lead.

In the JU eighth inning, senior Jonathan Murphy led off with a single to right field. Anderson popped out in the next-bat. Battaglia entered and struck out Appleby, but Murphy stole second on the play. Murphy got stranded at second as Battaglia induced a pop out by senior Matt Frank to quash the threat.

Ratliff reached on a one-out bunt single in the ninth, while Huxtable walked. Wagner got a force out at second in the following at-bat and junior Adam Brett Walker II to pop out to take the series.

The Dolphins continue their home stand Tuesday with a two-game series against Akron. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.