SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012
Baseball downs FGCU to win series
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Senior Jonathan Murphy
Eight runs in the first three innings helped the JU baseball team down Florida Gulf Coast, 9-4, in A-Sun action Sunday at John Sessions Stadium.

The Dolphins (14-23, 4-8) used a six-run third inning for an 8-0 lead to set up their first conference series win of the season. The Eagles (15-22, 6-9) scored four runs between the sixth and seventh inning, but senior Sean Green held them scoreless in the final three frames to earn his first save.

“It feels good to get the series,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “The guys played very well over these last two games. It’s a small step for us in the right direction as we hit the final part of the schedule.”

Sophomore Chris Anderson (4-3) earned the win after allowing three runs on four hits and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

FGCU starter Jason Forjet got tagged with the loss by surrendering six runs, five earned, on seven hits in two innings. RJ Brown allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and four strikeouts in six relief innings.

Offensively, junior Adam Brett Walker II had three hits and scored twice for JU. Senior Jonathan Murphy and junior Dan Gulbransen each drove in two runs. Sean Dwyer recorded two RBI for the Eagles.

The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Murphy home run to left field. Walker II followed with a single and stole second. Gulbransen scored Walker II with a single to right field for the 2-0 advantage.

11 JU batters came to the plate in the third inning and scored six runs on six hits to extend the lead to 8-0.

Sophomore Zachary Houck extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff double. Murphy scored Houck in the next at-bat with a single. After stealing second, Murphy moved to third on a Walker II single and scored on wild pitch to make it 5-0. Gulbransen doubled home Walker II and later scored on a pass ball. Sophomore Jimmy Appley was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a throwing error. Houck scored junior Ethan Loosen on a single to right field to cap the inning.

Anderson found a rhythm by retiring nine of 10 FGCU batters for the Dolphins. He ran into trouble in the sixth inning by allowing a leadoff single and two walks to load the bases. The Eagles had consecutive RBI hits to get their first two runs of the contest.

Andrew Valencia reloaded the bases with a single before Mike Reeves added an RBI single. Freshman Nolan Peterson recorded the final two outs to get out of the jam.

The Eagles put pressure on Peterson in the next inning after an infield single, hit by pitch and walk loaded the bases with no outs. Green relieved Peterson and induced a force out at home, but allowed a walk to score a run. He struck out the next batter and got a ground out to end the frame.

Green allowed only two more runners to reach in the final two innings, while senior Matt Frank had a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning to help JU secure the win.

The Dolphins continue the home stand Tuesday when they host FIU for a two-game series at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.