TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012
Baseball defeats Akron, 5-2
The JU baseball team scored three two-out runs to down Akron, 5-2, on Tuesday night at John Sessions Stadium.
The Dolphins (7-9) picked up a run with two outs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings against the Zips (3-10) to snap a two-game losing streak. Junior Dan Gulbransen went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the offense. Sophomore Taylor Ratliff also finished with multiple hits.
“We are happy to come away with the win,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We had a good effort at the plate and a solid outing from our pitching staff. Our goal is to build on the good things from tonight each day this week.”
JU freshman RC Williams (1-0) earned the win in relief by tossing two scoreless frames. Sophomore Adam Maxon also had three scoreless innings and three strikeouts, while freshman Nolan Peterson earned the save in the ninth. Freshman Spencer Jack allowed two runs, one earned, in four innings for the no-decision.
Scott Foster took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and six strikeouts in five innings. Tyler Smith had two unearned runs in 1.1 innings and Jason McPeek struck out one in 1.2 scoreless frames. Dan Burant came off of the bench and led Akon with two hits.
In the bottom of the first inning, sophomores Taylor Ratliff (hit by pitch) and Zachary Houck (walk) each reached to start the frame. Gulbransen followed with a single up the middle to score Ratliff for the 1-0 lead. Junior Adam Brett Walker II added a single to load the bases and senior Jonathan Murphy plated Houck with a single in the next at-bat.
The lead was not safe after the Zips scored on a two-out error in the second inning. Samuel Trecaso scored Sam Watkins with a two-out single in the third to tie the contest.
With two outs in the fifth inning, Houck singled before scoring in the next at-bat on a Gulbransen double to right-field for the 3-2 lead.
The Dolphins made it 4-2 in the next inning on a two-out double from sophomore Patrick Long to plate junior Jake Huxtable who drew a walk after an error kept him alive.
Ratliff led off the seventh inning with a single. He advanced to second as Houck reached on an error during his sacrifice bunt attempt. After a pop out, Walker II walked to load the bases. McPeek entered the contest and got Murphy to fly out, but allowed a single to sophomore Jimmy Appleby that scored Ratliff for the eventual final score.
Maxon retired his final five batters in order, while Peterson left a runner stranded at third to lock down the win.
The Dolphins will face Akron again tomorrow in John Session Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action through live stats at JUDolphins.com.