SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
Baseball shuts out FGCU, 3-0
The JU baseball team earned its second shutout win of the season by downing Florida Gulf Coast, 3-0, in A-Sun action Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.
Junior Adam Brett Walker II and sophomore Chris Moye each went 2-for-4 with an RBI to help the Dolphins (13-23, 3-8 A-Sun) hand the Eagles (15-21, 6-8) their first loss in Jacksonville in eight contests.
Freshman Alex McRae (3-4) broke a four-game skid on the hill by scattering seven hits and striking out four batters in 6.1 scoreless innings for the win. Sophomore Adam Maxon earned the save with 2.2 scoreless relief frames.
“This was a good way for us to answer back,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We have several players step up and perform well today. Now, our goal is to keep the momentum going into tomorrow to try and win our first A-Sun series.”
FGCU starter Brady Anderson (1-5) took the loss by allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. Andrew Polly surrendered a run and struck out four batters in 3.1 relief innings. The Eagles got two hits apiece from Brandon Bednar and Sean Dwyer.
McRae labored early for the Dolphins, but stranded eight FGCU runners in the first three innings.
The Dolphins helped McRae by taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on two-out infield single from Walker II to score Moye.
With one out in the fifth inning, the Dolphins drew two walks and Walker II singled to load the bases. Junior Jake Huxtable singled to center to score senior Jonathan Murphy for the 2-0 advantage.
McRae settled down by retiring eight of 11 hitters from the fourth to sixth inning. He allowed a leadoff walk in the seventh inning, while Bendar followed with sacrifice bunt. Maxon relieved McRae and allowed a walk to Dwyer. Maxon induced a fly out before making a diving aerobic throw to first base on a ground out to quash the threat.
JU got an insurance run in the eighth when Moye scored Loosen after he led off the inning with a double.
The Eagles had a runner reach third base with two outs in the ninth inning, but Maxon locked down the final out for the victory.
JU and FGCU will wrap the series tomorrow at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.