FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2009
Baseball rallies again for 3-1 win over Belmont
Sophomore Matt Loosen
Sophomore Matt Loosen
Solid pitching and the long ball were the ingredients of choice for the Dolphins as junior second baseman Chuck Opachich’s first career homer tied things in the eighth and junior first baseman Alex Martinez’s two –run job in the ninth gave the JU baseball team a 3-1 rally win over Belmont, Friday afternoon at Shelby Field.

JU (19-8, 9-4) has now won 14 of its last 17 games, including 11 of its last 12, while running its season-high winning streak to seven games. After going 0-6 when trailing after seven innings, the Dolphins have now won four consecutive opportunities.

Belmont (15-13, 8-5) took a 1-0 lead in the sixth but could not hold off the Dolphins in the final two innings.

“This was a tremendous game to be a part of and even better to be on the winning end of it,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got an outstanding effort from Matt Loosen and Chuck and Alex came up with the big hits. We knew this would be a tough series coming in, so to get a win like this is a big lift.”

Sophomore Chris Kaminski (2-0) got the win after hurling 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Sophomore Matt Loosen got the no-decision despite allowing only one unearned run on two hits while walking two and striking out a career-high eight in 7.1 innings.

Jon Ivie (2-1) got the loss after allowing two runs on one hit with a walk in one inning of relief. Nate Woods also got the no-decision after allowing one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in eighth innings of work.

Opachich led the Dolphins by going 2-for-4 with a home run to extend his career-best winning streak to 17 games.

Dylan Craig led the Bruins by going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.

The Bruins broke a scoreless tie in the sixth when Craig hit a two out RBI triple to right center. With Craig still on third, Loosen got Packy Elkins to foul out behind the plate to end the inning.

The Dolphins tied things up in the eighth when Opachich pulled a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for his first career home run.

The Bruins threatened with a runner on second with one out but Kaminski entered and got Woods to strikeout swinging. After the runner advanced to third on a wild pitch, Kaminski got Derek Hamblen to ground out to short to end the inning.

Due to expected weather on Sunday, JU and Belmont will complete its series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET at Shelby Field. The game can be followed live through GameTracker and can be heard through the Belmont Radio Network by logging on to JUDophins.com.