FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
Baseball defeats Western Carolina, 5-2
Sophomore Chris Anderson fans nine in his first complete-game win.
Sophomore Chris Anderson fans nine in his first complete-game win.
Sophomore Chris Anderson went the distance on the hill to lead the JU baseball team to a 5-2 win against Western Carolina in the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational Friday at John Sessions Stadium.

After allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning, Anderson (2-0) scattered only two hits over the next eight innings to get the complete-game victory. He finished with five hits and nine strikeouts, including five in the final three frames.

The Dolphins (9-9) helped by scoring all five runs with two outs in the first inning. Junior Ethan Loosen delivered the biggest blow, a two-run double, to help the cause.

“This was Anderson’s night,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We had a rocky start to the game, but our offense picked him up in the first inning and Anderson ran with it the rest of the way. Overall, we are happy with the win.”

The Catamounts (13-5) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on consecutive run-scoring singles from Jacob Hoyle and Cody Jones.

With one out in the bottom of the first inning, freshman Alex McRae singled to left-center field off of Catamounts’ starter and eventual losing pitcher Jordan Smith. Junior Dan Gulbransen flew out before junior Adam Brett Walker II scored McRae in the next at-bat on a double to right field. Senior Jonathan Murphy walked and sophomore Jimmy Appleby had an RBI single to score Walker II. Loosen made it 4-0 with a double to the left field fence, scoring Murphy and Appleby. Loosen scored in the next at-bat on a single to right field by senior Matt Frank to cap the inning.

Anderson found a rhythm by JU tossing three hitless frames. He allowed a one-out double in the fifth inning before inducing a fly out and getting a strikeout to quash the threat.

Two Catamounts reached with one out in the sixth, but Anderson retired the next two batters to end the inning.

With one out in the JU seventh inning, Western Carolina walked the bases loaded before Darron Dotson got them out it with a pop out and ground out.

The missed opportunity didn’t matter as Anderson retired eight of the final nine Western Carolina hitters to earn his first complete-game victory.

Smith (1-3) allowed five runs on seven hits, four walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings for the loss. Dotson finished with 1.2 scoreless frames, while Tyler White had two hits to lead the offense.

The Dolphins continue the invitational tomorrow against Fairfield at 2 p.m. They will finish the day against the Catamounts at 6:30 p.m.