FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2009
Baseball pulls out 6-4 win over Akron
Sophomore Chris Kaminski
Sophomore Chris Kaminski
The Dolphins tallied 10 hits for the second consecutive game and the pitching staff was solid once against as the JU baseball team defeated Akron, 6-4, Friday in game two of the JU Invitational at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (2-2) scored six runs off of 10 hits while the bullpen allowed only one run on three hits through four innings.

Akron (0-5) would pull to within a run in the sixth but the Dolphins answered with an insurance run in the eighth.

“This was a very effective game for us tonight,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got solid pitching, we swung the bats well and we played very solid defense. It was a good start for our home opener and now we have two big games against Michigan tomorrow.”

Junior Kyle Kriech (1-1) earned his first win as a Dolphin after allowing only three runs on seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Senior Joey Wedner allowed only one run on one hit in three innings of relief. Sophomore Chris Kaminski notched his first JU save after striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth.

Frank Turocy (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Benjamin Danziger was very effective in relief for the Zips, allowing one run on three hits with seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan finished 3-for-4 to lead the Dolphin offense while sophomore designated hitter Glen Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Junior right fielder Thomas Myers also finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Matt Roberts led the Zips by finishing 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Kevin Hass also tallied a homer. Kyle Hallet and Brandon White also finished with multi-hits for Akron.

The Zips took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Kevin Haas led off the game with a solo home run to left on a 3-2 pitch. The Dolphins took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first when Gillan hit an RBI single and Myers hit an RBI double. Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich led off the inning with a single up the middle and then stole second. In the next at-bat, Gillan hit a ball back up the middle to score Opachich before Myers cleared the bases with a double down the left-field line.

JU increased the lead to 4-1 when freshman third baseman Kevin Lehane hit an RBI single and freshman center fielder Joey Belviso tallied an RBI double. Lehane drew a walk to lead off the inning and then advanced to second when Turocy’s pick off attempt rolled into foul territory. Grimes followed with a single to right to score Lehane before Belviso cleared the bases with a double down the right-field line.

The Dolphins increased the lead to 5-1 in the third when Johnson hit an RBI double to right. With two outs, Myers reached on a swinging single to third before Johnson brought him home with a shot off the top of the right-field wall.

The Zips cut the deficit to 5-3 in the fifth when Hallet hit a two-run homer to center field.

Akron cut the margin to 5-4 in the sixth when Brett Savage hit an RBI double with two outs.

The Dolphins pushed the advantage to 6-4 in the eighth when Johnson hit an RBI single. Junior left fielder Kyle Fleming led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to third on a single in the gap by Gillan. After Fleming was gunned down at the plate on a grounder to third by Myers, Johnson drove in Gillan with a bounding single to right field.

JU will return to action at 3:30 p.m. with a doubleheader against No. 25 Michigan. Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Akron will start the day off at noon. All JU contests can be followed live on ASun.TV through JUDolphins.com. The JU/Michigan contest can also bee seen on Gametracker on JUDolphins.com.