SATURDAY, APRIL 04, 2009
Baseball falls to Belmont, 15-10, in game two
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Senior Jeremy Gillan
The Dolphins made things interesting in the ninth but could not overcome an 11-run deficit as the JU baseball team fell to Belmont, 15-10, Saturday afternoon in game two of a doubleheader at Shelby Park.

JU (19-10, 9-6) dropped back-to-back games for the first time since March 15 and was swept in a doubleheader for the first time this season.

Belmont (17-13, 10-5) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first before plating 10 runs in the second.

“This was a momentum game for Belmont and they carried things over from game one,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “They got on a roll in the second and there was nothing we could do to stop the bleeding. Now we have to regroup and prepare for a tough USF squad this week.”

Junior Carson Andrew (2-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (six earned) on seven hits with a strikeout in 1.1 innings. Sophomore Sean Green hurled two innings of perfect relief. Freshman Clay Kollenbaum added one inning of perfect relief.

Tyler Graskewicz (2-3) earned the win after allowing four runs on eight hits with six walks and a strikeout in six innings.

Senior left fielder Kyle Fleming led the Dolphins by going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Senior designated hitter Jeremy Gillan went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Freshman center fielder Jonathan Murphy, junior first baseman Alex Martinez and sophomore third baseman Glen Johnson also finished with multiple hits. Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich went 2-for-5 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 20 games.

Packy Elkins led the Bruins by going 3-for-4 while Daniel Wagner went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI.

The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the first when Derek Hamblen hit an RBI triple and Brandon McCall drove in a run with ground out to short.

Belmont blew things open in the second when it sent 16 batters to the plate en route to 10 runs on 11 hits, including a pair of home runs by Wagner.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to 12-4 in the fourth when Martinez hit his sixth home run of the season and Gillan hit a three-run double. Martinez led off the inning with a towering shot to left field. With one out, Johnson hit a single through the right side. With two outs, Opachich hit a single to left and both runners advanced on a double steal. After Fleming drew a walk to load the bases, Gillan hit a shot to the left-field corner to clear the bases.

The Bruins increased the lead to 14-4 in the bottom of the fourth when Dylan Craig hit an RBI fielder’s choice to short and Hamblen hit a sacrifice fly to center. Belmont added another run in the fifth when McCall scored from third on a wild pitch.

The Dolphins made it 15-10 in the ninth when they plated six runs on four hits.

JU will return to its non-conference schedule with a two-game series against USF beginning on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. Tuesday’s game can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action and the contest can be seen live on ASun.TV by logging on to JUDolphins.com.