TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
Baseball falls at Georgia Southern, 17-11
Junior Dan Gulbransen had five RBI for JU
Junior Dan Gulbransen had five RBI for JU
The JU baseball team couldn’t erase an early deficit in a 17-11 loss to Georgia Southern Tuesday night at JI Clement Stadium.

The Eagles (10-11) scored eight runs in the second inning to secure the win in the first of two contests this season. The Dolphins (10-12) cut the deficit twice to six runs, but Georgia Southern held off the charge.

Chase Griffin was a triple shy of the cycle for Georgia Southern after going 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. TD Davis had three RBI to help the cause

“We didn’t get off to a great start,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “I am proud of the way the guys stayed in the game and kept battling. Our goal now is to work on getting a good start in A-Sun play.”

Justin Hess (1-0) earned his first win for the Eagles this season after allowing seven runs, four earned, on eight hits and six strikeouts in five innings.

JU freshman Spencer Jack (0-1) took the loss, surrendering four runs on three hits and a strikeout in 1.1 innings.

Junior Dan Gulbransen went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI to lead the Dolphins. Junior Adam Brett Walker II, sophomore Taylor Ratliff, sophomore Colin Monagle and freshman Garrett Ruckel each finished with two hits.

Casey Kicklighter hit a two-run home run off of Jack in the second inning for the early lead. After a fly out, Griffin homered to left field to extend the Eagles lead to 3-0. Jack hit the next batter and was relieved by junior Corben Madden who issued a walk and hit to load the bases. Eric Phillips followed with a two-run double for a 5-0 lead. Davis plated two more runners with a single to left field and later scored on an error to cap the inning.

The Dolphins plated two runs in the third inning on infield hits, but the Eagles made it 9-2 in the bottom of the frame on a Scooter Williams double to score Griffin who doubled to start the inning.

The Eagles opened the fourth with three straight singles before Griffin hit a grand slam to make it a 13- 2 advantage. Georgia Southern secured two more runs later in the inning on two out hits from Davis and Stryker Brown.

With two outs in the JU fifth inning, Gulbransen plated Monagle and Ratliff with a single to left field. Gulbransen scored in the next at-bat on a double from Walker II. Sophomore Chris Anderson beat out a singl to keep the inning alive, allowing Walker II to score and cut the deficit to 15-6. Ruckel pushed Anderson to third before he scored on an error during sophomore Jimmy Appleby’s at-bat.

Ruckel and Anderson had consecutive two-out RBI hits in the seventh inning, but the Eagles got a two-run double in the bottom of the frame from Hunter Thomas.

The Dolphins got a two-run, opposite field home run from Gulbransen in the eighth. Jarret Leverett pitched a scoreless ninth for the Eagles to finally lock down the win.

The Dolphins begin the A-Sun schedule Friday with a three-game series against Kennesaw State at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.