FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
Baseball shut out by Belmont, 4-0
Belmont used one big inning and a strong pitching effort to shut out the JU baseball team, 4-0, on Friday night in Atlantic Sun Conference action at John Sessions Stadium.
Chase Brookshire (4-1) stole the show, scattering four hits and fanning five batters in seven innings for the win. Judah Akers helped the Bruins (17-10, 5-2 A-Sun) by recording two doubles and scoring twice. Drew Turner was 4-for-4 with an RBI.
“One bad inning sunk us,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We had some good hits, but Belmont did a good job of keeping us contained. We just have to keep grinding because good things will eventually happen.”
Freshman Alex McRae (2-3) took the loss for the Dolphins (11-16, 1-3) after allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks in five innings. Freshman Nolan Peterson and sophomore Jimmy Appleby combined to hold the Bruins scoreless in the final four innings.
Sophomore Zachary Houck finished 2-for-3 with a double to lead the JU offense.
With the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Akers doubled to left field and advanced to third in the next at-bat on a sacrifice bunt. After issuing a walk, McRae induced a double play opportunity, but an errant throw by the Dolphins at second base allowed a run to score as well as advanced the runners to to second and third. Belmont made it 2-0 by scoring on pass ball, while Jamie Ritchie plated a run with a ground out to cap the inning.
Junior Dan Gulbransen opened the JU fourth inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third on an error during a line out, but Brookshire retired the next two hitters to quash the threat.
The Bruins took a 4-0 advantage in the fifth inning when Turner singled home Akers, who doubled to left field.
JU had the leadoff batter reach in the six, seventh and eighth innings before having it erased by a double play. The Dolphins had runners on second and third in the ninth with two outs, but Scott Moses struck out the final batter to end the game.
Moses closed the contest with two innings and two hits for the Bruins.
JU junior right-handed pitcher Drew Woods (0-1, 5.06 ERA) is scheduled to face Belmont righty Matt Hamann (1-3, 5.14 ERA) in game two of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. in John Sessions Stadium.