FRIDAY, APRIL 06, 2012
Baseball falls at Stetson, 9-5
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff
Sophomore Taylor Ratliff
Stetson scored five runs in the final three innings to outlast the JU baseball team, 9-5, Friday night in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Melching Field.

The Dolphins (12-20, 2-6 A-Sun) scored five runs in the sixth inning to erase a four-run deficit. The Hatters (20-10, 4-4) scored two runs in the next two innings and had a run in the eighth to even the series.

“We were not sharp late,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We did a great job of battling back, but couldn’t finish the deal for the win. We have to erase those mistakes tomorrow in the series finale.”

Stetson reliever Cameron Griffin (2-0) earned the win, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Robbie Powell tossed two scoreless innings to get his eighth save of the season.

Freshman Alex McRae (2-4) took the loss after surrendering six runs, five earned, on nine hits in 5.2 innings.

At the plate, Ben Carhart, Sam Kimmel and Robert Bruce all have two RBI apiece for the Hatters. Sophomore Taylor Ratliff led JU by going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Junior Jake Huxtable had two hits and an RBI for the Dolphins.

Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, senior Jonathan Murphy and junior Dan Gulbransen opened with singles for JU. Junior Adam Brett Walker II followed with a single to score Murphy. After a Hatters' pitching change, sophomore Jimmy Appleby recorded a sacrifice bunt to advance Gulbransen and Walker II up a base. Huxtable and Ratliff each had run-scoring singles in the next two at-bats to bring the JU deficit to 4-3. The Hatters recorded a strikeout, but the Dolphins scored two on an error for a 5-4 advantage.

McRae got the first two hitters out in the Stetson sixth inning before allowing a bloop single to Bruce. Tanner Blackman plated Bruce with a double to tie the contest. The Hatters made it 6-5 as JU delivered 12-striaght balls to walk in run.

A JU error in the seventh inning allowed another Hatter run, while Bruce followed with a RBI sacrifice fly to make it an 8-5 lead. Carhart homered in the eighth to lock down the win.

The Dolphins and Hatters play the series finale tomorrow at 2 p.m. Fans can follow the action at JUDolphins.com.