TUESDAY, MAY 08, 2012
Baseball downs Bethune-Cookman, 4-3
The JU baseball team started its season-ending, seven-game road swing with a 4-3 win against Bethune-Cookman Tuesday night in non-conference action at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Freshman Alex McRae hit a two-out, two-run single to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning to set up the Dolphins’ (17-33) win.
Junior Wes Torrez (1-2) earned the win on the hill, surrendering a run on five hits and six strikeouts in six innings of work. The Wildcats (28-22) scored two in the ninth, but senior Sean Green got the final two outs to quash the rally for his third save.
“We played well tonight,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “Even though we got down early, I was proud of that we kept chipping away until we got the lead. They made a late charge, but we were able to hold them off for the win. We will take away the positives from tonight and use them for our series at Lipscomb.
McRae along with seniors Jonathan Murphy and Matt Frank each finished with two hits for the JU offense.
Juan Pizarro (0-1) took the loss for the Wildcats after allowing two runs on three hits in two innings of work. Bryan Rivera allowed a run on five hits in five innings for the no-decision.
Anthony Stokes gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a home run to left field in the second inning. Nick Johnson followed with a one-out single and stole second. Junior Dan Gulbransen made a diving catch in left field for an out, while Torrez recorded a strikeout in the next at-bat to end the threat.
In the JU fourth inning, junior Adam Brett Walker drew a leadoff walk from Pizarro and stole second. After a fly out, sophomore Chris Anderson lined a single off the Pizarro’s shin that deflected into left field to score Walker II and tie the game.
Torrez stranded a runner in scoring position in the fourth and sixth innings to keep the game tied at one.
JU opened seventh inning with a Frank single to left field. Sophomore Garrett Ruckel moved Frank to second on a sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat. After a fly out, senior Jonathan Murphy kept the inning alive by advancing Frank to third on an infield single. Murphy stole second before McRae scored both runners on a single to center field for the 3-1 lead.
The Dolphins added an insurance run in the eighth inning from an RBI single by junior Ethan Loosen.
Senior Steve Eagerton pitched two scoreless frames before two hits and a hit by pitch loaded the bases to start the ninth inning. The Wildcats plated a run on a sacrifice fly and an infield single to cut the deficit to one. Green relieved Eagerton and induced a fly out in his first at-bat. Senior Matt Frank threw out a runner stealing in the next at-bat to end the game.
The Dolphins start a three-game A-Sun series in Nashville Friday against Lipscomb at 7 p.m.