WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009
Baseball defeats Bethune-Cookman, 9-6
Freshman Derik Grimes
Freshman Derik Grimes
Junior first baseman Alex Martinez went 3-for-5 with three RBI and the Dolphin pitching staff put forth a solid effort to lead the JU baseball team to a 9-6 win over Bethune-Cookman, Wednesday evening in non-conference action at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

JU (10-7), which ran its streak with at least 10 hits to eight consecutive games, finished with 12 hits and committed only one error defensively.

B-CU (8-12) put up three runs in the fifth to make it 5-3 but JU would answer with four run in the top of the sixth to put things out of reach.

“Offensively, we are starting to find a good balance in the lineup,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got good performances from our pitching staff which will allow us to line up things for this weekend against Florida Gulf Coast.”

Senior Joey Wedner (2-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on three hits in 1.1 innings of relief. Freshman Clay Kollenbaum got the no-decision after allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Junior Kyle Kriech struck out two in two perfect relief innings and sophomore Chris Kaminski

Hiram Burgos (1-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings.

Along with Martinez, freshman third baseman Derik Grimes went 2-for-3 with a two RBI. Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI while junior left fielder Kyle Fleming finished 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich also drove in two runs for the Dolphins.

Emmanuel Castro and Jose Ortiz each finished with multiple hits to lead the Wildcats.

The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the second when Martinez hit an RBI double and Grimes hit an RBI single with two outs. Senior right fielder Thomas Myers was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a balk by Burgos. With one out, Martinez pulled the first pitch down the third-base line to score the game’s first run. With two outs, Grimes pulled a ball through the left side to plate Martinez.

JU increased the lead to 3-0 in the fourth when Grimes dropped a single into right center with two outs. Myers and senior designated hitter Brad Simmons led off the inning with consecutive singles to left. With two outs, Grimes knocked a pitch in front of a diving C.J. Lauriello in right field to plate Myers.

The Dolphins made it 5-0 in the fifth when Martinez hit an RBI single with two outs. With one out, senior catcher Jeremy Gillan laced a double to the wall in right center. After a walk to Myers, both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch by Burgos. With two outs, Martinez hit an 0-2 pitch back up the middle to clear the bases.

The Wildcats cut the deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Alejandro Sanchez and Jairo Acevedo each hit an RBI single and a run scored on a wild pitch.

JU increased the lead to 9-3 in the sixth when junior second baseman Chuck Opachich hit a two-run single, senior left fielder Kyle Fleming hit an RBI single and Gillan hit an RBI double.

Sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins led off the inning with a walk before advancing to second on a walk to sophomore center fielder Chris Connelly. After both runners advanced on a passed ball, Opachich lined a pitch back up the middle to clear the bases and then advanced to second on the throw home. Fleming followed with a drive to left center to score Opachich and Gillan drove Fleming home with a double to right center.

The Wilcats made it 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Jose Ortiz drove in a run after hitting a comebacker off Wedner.

The Wildcats would add two more runs in the ninth on a base hit up the middle by Lauriello.

JU will begin a three-game road series at Florida Gulf Coast beginning on Friday at 7 p.m.