SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009
Baseball falls to FIU in game two of the series
The Dolphin bats went silent for the second straight night while FIU scored 20 runs on 14 hits as the JU baseball team dropped a 20-1 decision, Saturday evening at University Park.
JU (0-2) finished with a game-high four errors while managing only five hits on the evening.
FIU (2-0) plated four runs in the second before blowing things open with 10 runs in the third inning.
“There is not much to say about tonight,” JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It’s only the second game of the season and we learned another lesson tonight. We have to put it behind us and focus our attention to finishing the weekend on a strong note.”
Junior Kyle Kriech (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (six earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out four in 2.1 innings.
Tom Ebert (1-0) earned the win after scattering two hits and striking out nine in 6.2 shutout innings.
Junior shortstop Derik Abis led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-3 with two doubles in his JU debut. Freshman first baseman Kevin Lehane tallied his first collegiate hit while senior catcher Jeremy Gillan had his hitting streak snapped at 12 games. Sophomore left fielder Chris Connelly also recorded his first hit of the season.
Lammar Guy led the Panthers by finishing 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Mike Martinez also finished with multiple hits for FIU while Ty Main added a three-run homer.
FIU threatened in the first with a runner on third and only one out but Kriech got himself out of trouble by getting Tyler Townsend to strike out swinging and Steven Stropp to ground out to short.
The Golden Panthers took a 4-0 lead in the second inning when Guy hit a three-run homer to left field on the first pitch of the at-bat and Junior Arrojo scored from third on a wild pitch.
FIU broke things open in the third inning after scoring 10 runs on four hits while taking advantage of four walks, a hit batter and two fielding errors by the Dolphins.
The Panthers increased the lead to 18-0 in the sixth when Raiko Alfonso scored from third on an outfield throwing error and Main hit a pinch hit three-run homer to left-center field.
JU got on the board with a run in the eighth when senior designated hitter Brad Simmons drew a bases loaded walk. Abis led off the inning with a double to right center and then moved to third after junior center fielder Chuck Opachich and sophomore third baseman Glen Johnson drew consecutive walks. With two outs, Simmons drew a walk on a 3-2 count to score Abis from third.
FIU would add another two runs on the bottom of the eighth when Sean Reilly hit an RBI double and Greg Waddell tallied an RBI single.
JU will complete its series against FIU on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be followed live on livestats through JUDolphins.com.