WEDNESDAY, MAY 02, 2012
Baseball edged by top-ranked Florida State, 3-0
Florida State used insurance runs to hold off a gritty JU baseball team, 3-0, Wednesday night in front of 2,876 fans at John Sessions Stadium.
The Seminoles (37-7) hung onto a 1-0 lead for most of the contest before scoring two runs in the ninth inning on a wild pitch and error combination to give the Dolphins (14-32) their ninth straight loss.
“We fought very well tonight,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We did a lot of good things, but didn’t get some of our hard hits to fall. I was pleased with the effort and hopefully we can use it Friday against ETSU.”
Bryant Holtman (2-0) pitched two perfect innings to get the win in relief. Robert Benincasa tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his 12th save, while Brian Busch retired the first six batters to start the contest.
Junior Corben Madden (1-3) took the loss after allowing a run on three hits. Senior Sean Green allowed two runs, one earned, on a hit and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Senior Steve Eagerton and junior Wes Torrez combined for five shutout innings to begin the game.
Sherman Johnson and James Ramesy led the Seminoles with two hits apiece, while Devon Travis recorded the only RBI of the contest. Junior Ethan Loosen and sophomore Chris Anderson each had a double for JU.
With one-out in the third inning, Jose Brizuela recorded a single to right field for the first hit of the contest. He tried to advance to third on a Sherman Johnson single to right field, but junior Adam Brett Walker II threw him out. Eagerton induced a ground out in the next at-bat to end the innings.
Busch and Kyle Bird retied the first eight JU hitters before Loosen broke it up with a two-out double in the third inning. Senior Jonathan Murphy singled in the next-bat, while freshman Alex McRae walked to load the bases. Bird would strike out Walker II in the next at-bat to quash the JU threat.
Johnson led off the Seminoles sixth inning with a single and advanced to second on a Madden wild pitch. Travis followed with a single to score Johnson for the 1-0 lead.
Holtman and Jacksonville native Hunter Scantling combined to retire 12 of the 13 JU hitters from the fourth to the seventh inning. JU got a leadoff walk from sophomore Zachary Houck, but he was stranded at second following a steal.
In the ninth inning, Green hit Josh Deph with a pitch to start the frame, while Justin Goznalez added a single. After a sacrifice bunt, Green lost Brizuela to a walk and uncorked a wild pitch on the fourth ball allowing Deph to score. The Dolphins committed an error on the exchange to cover home which scored Gonzalez from second to make 3-0. Sophomore Will Flor came in the game and recorded the final two outs.
The Dolphins got a one-out single from junior Dan Gulbransen in the ninth before Benincasa secured the final two outs of the game.
JU hosts East Tennessee State for its final A-Sun home series beginning Friday in John Sessions Stadium. Friday’s first pitch to begin Senior Weekend is at 6:30 p.m.