FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012
Baseball's rally falls short at Lipscomb, 7-6
Lipscomb scored four runs in the ninth inning to outlast the JU baseball team, 7-6, in A-Sun action Friday night at Ken Dugan Field.
The Dolphins (17-34, 6-16 A-Sun) erased a 3-0 deficit with a four-run eighth inning, capped on a three-run homer by junior Adam Brett Walker II. JU added two insurance runs in the ninth inning, but the Bisons (23-26, 12-10) rallied in the bottom of the frame to steal the win.
“That loss hurt,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We did a great job of battling back to take the lead. We were not sharp in the ninth and it was our downfall. We will look to even the series tomorrow.”
Lipscomb reliever Gil Rehwinkel (6-2) pitched 1.2 innings to get the win, while Connor Sinclair allowed four runs on eight hits and six strikeouts in 7.1 innings for the no-decision.
Senior Sean Green (0-4) took the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits in 0.2 innings. Sophomore Chris Anderson got the no-decision after surrendering three runs on eight hits and four strikeouts in seven innings. Sophomore Adam Maxon had a scoreless eighth inning for JU.
In the JU eighth inning, sophomore Zachary Houck and junior Ethan Loosen recorded consecutive singles to center field off of Sinclair.
After a mound visit, senior Jonathan Murphy advanced Houck to third with a deep fly ball to right field. Freshman Alex McRae legged out an infield single, scoring Houck on the play to make it a 3-1 deficit. Walker II cleared the bases in the next-bat with a three-run homer to left for the 4-3 JU lead.
Murphy gave the Dolphins some insurance in the ninth inning with a two-out, two-run double for a 6-3 advantage.
Green got the first out of the ninth inning, but Lipscomb drew a walk and recorded two singles to load the bases. The Bisons scored a run on a ground out, while ML Williams followed with an infield single to score another run to cut the deficit to 6-5. Zach Messer scored the tying run with a hit to right field, while Williams advanced to third. The Dolphins committed an error in the next at-bat which scored Williams for the game-winning run.
JU junior right-handed pitcher Drew Woods (0-3, 4.66 ERA) is slated to face Lipscomb lefty Chris Nunn (0-2, 4.59 ERA) Saturday at 2 p.m. in Ken Dugan Field.