TUESDAY, APRIL 03, 2012
Baseball shut out by Bethune-Cookman, 6-0
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Bethune-Cookman created runs in small ways and used a strong pitching effort to down the JU baseball team, 6-0, in non-conference action Tuesday night at John Sessions Stadium.

The Wildcats (16-12) scored four of their six runs by sacrifice flies to hand the Dolphins (11-19) their fifth straight loss. Brashad Johnson had three sacrifice flies for Bethune-Cookman. Alejandro Sanchez also recorded a sacrifice fly, while Anthony Stokes added an RBI single.

Montana Durapau (1-4) scattered six hits and struck out four batters in eight scoreless innings to earn the win.

“We got beat by a good team tonight,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Bethune-Cookman did a better job of taking advantage of its opportunities than we did. We have to shake this loss off quick because we need to turn our focus to the first A-Sun road series Thursday.”

Senior Sean Green (0-3) took the loss by allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits, three walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Freshman RC Williams along with sophomores Adam Maxon and Will Flor each had a scoreless relief inning.

With one out in the first inning, Josh Johnson and David Lee each reached on an infield single for the Wildcats. Brashad Johnson followed with a walk to load the bases. Stokes plated Johnson from third in the next at-bat on a single to left field, while Sanchez added his sacrifice fly to center field for the 2-0 advantage.

Sophomore Zachary Houck answered for JU in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff single to left field. Senior Jonathan Murphy tried to bunt him over, but Durapau fielded it and threw out Houck at second. He followed that by picking off Murphy at first base during the next at-bat.

The Dolphins settled down with juniors Dan Gulbransen and Adam Brett Walker II each recording hits. Sophomore Chris Anderson was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Durapau induced a fly out to end the threat.

Brandon Turner opened the Wildcats third inning with a double and advanced to third on a pass ball. After a walk, Johnson plated Turner with a sacrifice fly. Johnson added two more sacrifice flies, while the Wildcats tacked on a run with a pass ball in the seventh inning for the 6-0 lead.

The Dolphins got a lead-off single from junior Ethan Loosen in the fifth inning. Durapau erased it by getting Zachary Houck to hit into a double play. Murphy single in the next at-bat, but was thrown out stealing to end the inning. Durapau and Bethune-Cookman reliever Bryan Rivera combined to retired 12 of the final 13 JU hitters to lock down the shutout.

The Dolphins start a rare midweek A-Sun series against Stetson Thursday in DeLand, Fla. First pitch for game one is set for 6:30 p.m. and can be heard live locally at 1010XL.