WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
Baseball's rally falls short in 7-6 loss to Georgia Southern
Junior Dan Gulbransen records his 200th career hit  Wednesday. Play Video
Junior Dan Gulbransen records his 200th career hit Wednesday.
A late rally by the JU baseball team came up short in a 7-6 loss to Georgia Southern Wednesday night at John Sessions Stadium.

The Eagles (20-15) used three home runs in the sixth and seventh innings to mount a 7-3 lead. The Dolphins (12-22) kept fighting by scoring three runs with two outs in the ninth, but Georgia Southern stranded a runner at second base to sweep the season series.

“I was proud of the fight we showed in the end,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We did a good job of creating runs tonight. Once again, we had one bad inning that hurt us, but I am confident we are close to erasing that problem. Overall, I want us to use the good things from tonight this weekend against Florida Gulf Coast.”

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Jarrett Leverett retired the first two JU hitters. Sophomore Zachary Houck doubled to right field in the next at-bat, while Murphy scored him with a triple to keep the inning alive. Junior Dan Gulbransen followed with a two-run home run to right field, his 200th career hit, to bring the Dolphins to a 7-6 deficit.

Kyle Rowe relieved Leverett before junior Adam Brett Walker II reached on a fielding error. Walker II stole second, but Rowe struck out senior Matt Frank to quash comeback for his fourth save of the season.

Taylor Burke (1-0) retired the final batter of the fifth inning to secure the win. Jared Cheek tossed three scoreless relief frames to set up the Eagles’ victory.

At the plate, Scooter Williams, Eric Phillips and Chase Griffin each finished with three hits for Georgia Southern. Stryker Brown also homered to help the cause.

Murphy and Houck each had multiple hits for the JU offense. Murphy finished his night with three RBI and two stolen bases.

The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Murphy doubled home Houck in the second at-bat of the contest. He later stole second and scored on a throwing error during the play.

Griffin had an RBI single for the Eagles in the third inning to cut the deficit in half, but Murphy scored Houck on a ground out in the bottom of the inning after his leadoff with a double.

The Eagles made it a one-run deficit again in the fifth inning when Phillips recorded his 300th career hit to score Williams.

Things unraveled for the Dolphins in the sixth inning as Brown led off with a home run to center field off of JU reliever and eventual losing pitcher Wes Torrez. After a fly out, Tyler Avera reached on error, while Ben Morgan walked. A fielder’s choice hit put runners on the corners before Williams cleared the bases with a three-run homer to left for the 6-3 Eagles lead. Griffin extended the lead to 7-3 by homering in the seventh inning.

Torrez (0-2) allowed four runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in 0.2 innings for the loss. Senior Sean Green and sophomore Adam Maxon recorded two scoreless innings apiece.

The Dolphins start a three-game A-Sun series with Florida Gulf Coast Friday at John Sessions Stadium. Friday’s first pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.