SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2009
Baseball splits doubleheader with No. 25 Michigan
After a lopsided loss in Game One (21-3), the Dolphins bounced back to take Game Two (10-3) as the JU baseball team split a doubleheader with No. 25 Michigan, Saturday during the JU Invitational at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (3-3) lost its first game all time in JU Invite play (4-1) but defeated its first ranked opponent of the season in the night cap.
Michigan (6-2) scored 21 runs on 19 hits in the first set before the well ran dry in Game Two after managing only two runs on seven hits.
“We didn’t start the way we wanted but we bounced back in a big way in game two,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander, who increased his all time wins to 597. “We need to work on playing consistent in every game in order for us to be successful throughout the season. Tomorrow will be a big test for us with a hot Wisconsin-Milwaukee team looking for a perfect weekend.”
In Game Two, junior Carson Andrew (2-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on five hits while walking one and striking out six in five innings. Sophomore Matt Loosen notched his first save after allowing only one run on two his with a walk and seven strikeouts in four innings of relief.
Eric Katzman (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Junior center fielder Esterlin Perozo led the charge by going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI while senior right fielder Thomas Myers finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Jake McLouth led the Wolverines by batting 2-for-4 with a home run.
UM took a 1-0 lead in the second when Chris Berset hit an RBI double to right center with two outs.
JU jumped out to a 3-1 advantage in the fifth when freshman Derek Grimes hit an RBI and Gillan drove in two runs with a single. Junior designated hitter Alex Martinez led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Derek Abis. In the next at-bat, Grimes hit a 3-2 pitch to center to give JU the lead. With two outs, junior second baseman Chuck Opachich and Perozo drew walks to load the bases. Gillan followed with a single to center to drive in two more runs.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 6-1 in the sixth when Opachich hit an RBI single and Perozo drove in two runs with a single. Myers drew a walk and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Martinez. After Abis and freshman left fielder Jonathan Murphy walked to load the bases, Opachich beat out an infield single to short to plate Myers. Perozo followed with a drive to right center to drive in two more runs.
JU made it 9-1 in the seventh when Myers hit a three-run homer to center field. Gillan led off the inning with a triple off the center field wall. After a walk to freshman first baseman Kevin Lehane, Myers hit a towering shot for his first round tripper on the year.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 10-1 in the eighth when Perozo hit an RBI double to center. Murphy led off the inning with a double to left and Opachich drew a walk. In the next at-bat, Perozo hit a sharp ball to center to drive in Murphy.
In Game One, the Wolverines scored six runs in the second and eight runs in the sixth to cruise to a 21-3 win.
Senior Billy Schlee (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in three innings.
Chris Fetter (2-0) got the win after scattering four hits while striking out seven in six shutout innings.
Perozo led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-4 while Abis drove in two runs with his second home run of the season. Martinez also tallied his first homer of the year.
Mike Dufek led the Wolverines by going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. Anthony Toth and Ryan LaMarre each drove in seven runs for UM.
JU will return to action at 2 p.m. against Wisconsin-Milwaukee to close out the weekend. Akron and No. 25 Michigan will start the day off at 10:30 a.m. All JU contests can be followed live on ASun.TV through JUDolphins.com.