Baseball drops series finale at Stetson
Senior Jonathan Murphy
Senior Jonathan Murphy
A bad seventh inning was the JU baseball team’s downfall in an 8-3 loss at Stetson in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Melching Field Saturday.

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh inning, the Hatters (21-10, 5-4 A-Sun) scored six runs on four hits, highlighted by a Mitchell Brennan three-run triple, to seal the win for the second straight day. The Dolphins (12-21, 2-7) led in each of the games before suffering the loss.

“That one inning did us in,” JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We built a good lead early. It looked like we had some momentum for more runs, but the game slipped away from us again. Overall, we needed to be sharper to put teams away in games.”

The Hatters opened the seventh inning with two hits and a walk to load the bases. Sam Kimmel scored a run with a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat. Anderson hit Ben Carhart to reload bases. Mark Jones followed with an infield single to score a run, while Brennan followed with a three-run triple for the 6-3 advantage.

Carhart tripled home a run with two outs in the eighth inning, while Robbie Powell pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the Hatters’ win.

Stetson reliever Jake Boyd (3-0) got the win with a hit and no runs in 1.1 innings. Will Dorsey allowed three runs on five hits, four strikeouts and three walks in 6.1 innings for the no-decision.

JU sophomore Chris Anderson (3-3) took the loss, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and five strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.

Carhart and senior Jonathan Murphy each had three hits to lead their respective offenses.

The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single from junior Adam Brett Walker II. Trey Blackman homered in the fourth inning, but junior Dan Gulbransen recorded a sacrifice fly the seventh to give JU a 3-1 advantage.

The Dolphins return home to host Georgia Southern Wednesday at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.