SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2009
Baseball drops game two to Stetson
Junior Chuck Opachich
Junior Chuck Opachich
The Dolphins found themselves in an early hole for the second straight game but the hole got bigger as the game progressed as the JU baseball team fell to Stetson, 22-8, Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Sun Conference action at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (8-7, 2-3) tallied at least 10 hits in its sixth consecutive game but could not recover from a 7-0 deficit in the first inning.

Stetston (6-11, 2-0) scored 22 runs on 24 hits and scored runs in seven of nine innings to tally the most runs allowed by the Dolphins since a 25-2 loss to Florida State on Aprill 14, 1999.

“You have to tip your hat to Stetson today,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We have to find a way to wipe the slate clean and get a win tomorrow.”

Junior Kyle Kriech (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on four hits with three walks in 0.1 innings.

Ryan Sweat (1-1) earned the win after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and a strikeout in five innings. Robbie Powell notched his first save of the year after hurling 3.1 scoreless innings.

Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich led the Dolphin offense by finishing 2-for-5 with two RBI. Sophomore Jamaal Hawkins went 2-for-2 while senior right fielder Thomas Myers added a two-run double.

The Hatters scored seven runs in the first, one in the second and fourth, five in the fifth, four in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the ninth.

JU scored two runs in the fourth when senior Myers hit an RBI double and a run scored on a fielding error by Stetson shortstop Jacob deGrom.

The Dolphins put up six runs in the bottom of the sixth when Myers drove in a run with a grounder to third, sophomore third baseman Glen Johnson hit an RBI single up the middle, freshman center fielder Joey Belviso hit an RBI double down the left-field line, Opachich hit a two-run single up the middle and senior left fielder Dan Maier hit an RBI double to left.

JU will conclude its homestand at Johns Sessions Stadium against Stetson on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action. The game can also be seen live on ASun.TV.