FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012
Baseball falls in opener at UNF
Two big innings helped North Florida down the JU baseball team, 11-2, in A-Sun action Friday night at Dusty Rhodes Field.
A three-run first inning gave the Ospreys (30-23, 11-14) the early lead. UNF scored four runs on the Dolphins (17-37, 6-19) with two outs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach and secure the SunTrust River City Rumble point.
“We came out flat,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “UNF was very aggressive and it showed. Tomorrow is a new day and I look forward to us having a better effort.”
UNF starter Kyle Westwood (6-4) struck out six JU batters, while scattering four hits and two runs to earn the complete-game win for the Ospreys. Drew Weeks had three RBI to lead UNF offense.
Sophomore Chris Anderson (5-4) took the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits and four strikeouts in five innings.
The Dolphins got a hit from the top four hitters in their lineup. Juniors Dan Gulbransen and Adam Brett Walker II each had a double, while senior Jonathan Murphy added a home run.
Consecutive doubles to start the UNF first inning helped the Ospreys grab a 1-0 lead. After a walk, Andrew Karmaris scored a run on a sacrifice fly to center field. The Ospreys scored a run on another sacrifice fly later in the inning for 3-0 early advantage.
Gulbransen doubled to start the second inning for the Dolphins. Gulbransen moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by freshman Alex McRae to cut into the deficit.
Anderson found the right rhythm by scattering two hits in the next three innings to keep UNF off the board. He got the first two outs in the fifth inning before allowing a Karmaris double. The Ospreys followed with three straight triples to extend their lead to 6-1. Spencer Herrmann scored on a wild pitch to cap the two-out surge.
Westwood retired 13 of the next 14 JU hitters following the Gulbransen double. Murphy finally broke up the streak with a two-out home run down the right field in the sixth inning. Sophomore Zachary Houck followed with a bunt single, but Westwood induced a pop out in the next at-bat to end the inning.
The Ospreys tacked on two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings, while Westwood kept the Dolphins scoreless in the final three innings to secure the win.
The teams will wrap the series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at noon. Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.