FRIDAY, MAY 04, 2012
Baseball beats ETSU on Senior Night, 5-2
A complete-game effort by sophomore right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson helped the JU baseball team defeat East Tennessee State, 5-2, Friday on Senior Night at John Sessions Stadium.
Sophomore Chris Anderson (5-3) struck out seven batters and allowed two runs on four hits in nine innings to help the Dolphins (15-32, 5-14 A-Sun) snap their nine-game skid. Anderson retired 18 of the first 19 Buccaneers’ (20-25, 6-13) hitters two secure his second complete-game win of the season.
Offensively, junior Jake Huxtable drove in three of the five JU runs, while senior Jonathan Murphy homered to start his final home weekend.
“This was a good start for us,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “Chris was sharp tonight. He ran into some trouble late but he powered through it and got some good defense behind him. Hopefully, we can continue the momentum tomorrow.”
Jake Long (2-7) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks in seven innings. Clinton Freeman finished with two hits for the ETSU offense.
Murphy led off the JU first inning by hitting Long’s first pitch for a home run to left field. Two walks helped set up runners on the corners with two outs, but Long induced a fly out to end the frame.
The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a Huxtable sacrifice fly to score junior Adam Brett Walker II.
Anderson sat down the first nine batters in order to start the game. He allowed a leadoff homer to Andrew Green on a 2-0 count in the fourth inning, but found another grove by sitting down the next nine in order.
Freeman broke up Anderson’s streak with a single to start the seventh inning. After a fly out, Freeman moved to third on a Matthew Scruggs double. The Dolphins caught a break as Kerry Donae popped out on a bunt attempt. Anderson struck out Cory Betterson in the next at-bat to quash the threat.
With one out in the JU seventh inning, sophomore Zachary Houck walked, while Walker II reached on a catcher interference. Junior Dan Gulbransen moved both runners into scoring position on a ground out. Huxtable followed with shallow single to center field to score Houck and Walker for the 4-1 lead.
The Dolphins scored an insurance run on an ETSU error in the eighth to make it a 5-1 advantage. The Buccaneers scored a run on a two-out sacrifice fly before Anderson retired the next batter to end the game.
JU right-hander Drew Woods (0-2, 4.84 ERA) is slated to face ETSU righty John Long (5-5, 4.29 ERA) in game two Saturday at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.