SATURDAY, MARCH 07, 2009
Myers sparks baseball to 4-3 win over UNF in second day of SunTrust River City Rumble
Sophomore Matt Loosen
Sophomore Matt Loosen
Senior right fielder Thomas Myers put a much needed charge in the Dolphin offense while sophomore Matt Loosen closed the door to lead the JU baseball team to a 4-3 win over UNF, Saturday afternoon in the second day of the SunTrust River City Rumble at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (5-5, 1-1) fell behind 2-0 through five innings but Myers’ two-run homer tied things up in the sixth. After the Dophins built a 4-2 lead, UNF (5-7, 1-1) got a run in the ninth but Loosen got Robbie Collier to strike out swinging to end the game.

“It took us a while to get going but Myers set the tone with his big hit,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander, who moved to 599 career wins with the victory. “Our pitching staff gave us a chance to come back and then finished things off for us. Now we have to get ready for a battle tomorrow.”

Senior Joey Wedner (1-0) earned the win after hurling one inning of scoreless relief. Loosen notched his team-leading second save after allowing only one run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts in three inning of relief.

Junior Kyle Kriech got the no-decision after allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings.

Ty Pryor (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in three innings. John Frawley also got the no-decision after allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings.

Myers finished 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while freshman shortstop Jimmy Howick notched his first multi-hit game (2-for-3). Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich also finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Ryan Puskar led the Ospreys by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sam Perry also finished 2-for-3 with a double.

The Ospreys took a 1-0 lead in the first when Puskar laced an RBI single to right field with two outs.

UNF increased the advantage to 2-0 in the fifth when Andrew Karmeris hit a solo home run to right field. The Ospreys were about to add another run after a base hit through the left side by David Eldredge but senior left fielder Kyle Fleming gunned down Puskar at the plate to end the inning.

The Dolphins evened things up, 2-2, in the sixth when Myers hit a two-run homer to left-center field. Senior designated hitter Jeremy Gillan drew a walk to lead off the inning before Myers hit a 0-2 pitch off the light pole in left center for his third homer of the season.

JU took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when junior center fielder Esterlin Perozo hit a sacrifice fly. Fleming led off with a double to center and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt to third by Opachich. In the next at-bat, Perozo hit a high drive to right to give the Dolphins the lead.

The Dolphins added an insurance run in the eighth when Opachich hit an RBI double with two outs. Freshman third baseman Derek Grimes drew a walk to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman shortstop Howick. After Grimes moved to third on a ground out to short by Fleming, Opachich laced a double down the left-field line.

JU and UNF will conclude the SunTrust River City Rumble at Johns Sessions Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV.