WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
Mistakes prove costly in baseball’s 4-2 loss to Georgia Southern
The Dolphins held a 2-1 lead through six innings but the bullpen was unable to hold on this time around as the JU baseball team fell to Georgia Southern, 4-2, Wednesday evening in the series finale at J.I. Clements Stadium.
JU (23-11) had its four-game winning streak snapped after having two costly throwing errors while the pitching staff walked five, tallied four wild pitches and hit two batters.
GSU (25-9) earned a split in the season series and ran its record to 18-3 at home after rallying for two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.
“Things have been bouncing our way in games like this so far this season but it didn’t happen tonight,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We weren’t able to make up for our defensive lapses tonight and they made one more play than we did.”
Freshman Clay Kollenbaum (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts in 0.2 inning of relief. Junior Carson Andrew got the no-decision after allowing one run (none earned) on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in three innings. Junior Kyle Kriech added three innings of scoreless relief.
Andy Moye (4-0) earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings of work. Kyle Kamppi notched his sixth save after hurling a scoreless ninth.
Sophomore third baseman Glen Johnson led the Dolphins offense by going 2-for-3 with a double while junior first baseman Alex Martinez drove in a team-high two RBI. Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games with an infield single to first in the first inning.
Kevin Bowles led the Eagles by going 1-for-3 with two RBI.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the second when Eric Phillips reached safely on a throwing error by the Dolphins before eventually scoring on a wild pitch.
The Dolphins took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Martinez hit a two-run homer with two outs. With one out, senior catcher Jeremy Gillan pulled a double down the third-base line. With two outs, Martinez hit a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right center for his team-leading eighth home run on the season.
GSU threatened with runners on second and third with one out but Kriech got pinch-hitter Chris Banker to strike out swinging and Brian Pierce to fly out to center to end the inning.
JU threatened in the fifth when sophomore third baseman singled up the middle with two outs. Johnson appeared to take third when the throw from catcher Griffin Benedict rolled into center but Opachich was called for batters interference on the swing to end the inning.
The Eagles took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Bowles hit a two-run single to center with two outs. GSU still threatened with runners on first and second but Kaminski came in the game and got Benedict to strike out swinging to end the inning.
GSU made it 4-2 in the eighth when A.J. Warnsberger hit an RBI ground out to short after taking advantage of a Dolphin throwing error.
The Dolphins will return to its conference schedule this weekend against Campbell at John Session Stadium. The series will begin on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and can be seen live through ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com.