SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009
Baseball handles Lipscomb, 12-2, to take series
Sophomore Sean Green allowed only one run through a career-best seven innings while the Dolphin offense exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning to lead the JU baseball team to a 12-2 win over Lipscomb, Saturday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (27-12, 16-7) earned its sixth series win of the season after pounding out 12 runs on 14 hits.
LU (16-26, 10-10) finished with seven hits in the contest but left 11 runners on base, including bases loaded situations in the third and fifth.
“After a close game last night, this one was easier on me,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Sean did an amazing job on the mound and we put together a big inning. We still need to keep our focus tomorrow if we want to finish this weekend strong.”
Green (3-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a career-best seven innings of work. Senior Garrett Dunlap allowed one unearned run on one inning of relief while freshman Baker Chapman hurled a scoreless ninth.
Josh Smith (4-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing nine runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Senior left fielder Kyle Fleming led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-5 with three RBI. Sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins and freshman center fielder Jonathan Murphy each finished 2-for-5 with two RBI. Junior first baseman Alex Martinez and freshman designated hitter Kevin Lehane also finished with multiple hits.
Logan Hostettler led the Bisons by finishing 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
JU took a 1-0 lead in the first when Murphy hit an RBI single with two outs. Opachich was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins drew a walk and Jeremy Gillan hit a single to right. With two outs, Murphy hit a 1-2 pitch to right to score the game’s first run.
The Bisons threatened with the bases loaded and one out but Green got Allen Bolden to strike out swinging before Gillan caught Hostettler napping off of third to end the inning.
The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Opachich drove in a run with a ground out to short. Sophomore right fielder Chris Connelly was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then stole second base. After moving to third on a balk by Smith, Opachich hit a high chopper to short to score Connelly.
The Bisons threatened in the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs but Green got Bolden to ground out to first to end the inning.
JU blew things open in the fifth by scoring 10 runs on nine hits while taking advantage of one fielding error by Lipscomb.
The Bisons got on the board with a run in the sixth when Tennyson Dodd hit a RBI single to right. Lipscomb added another run in the eighth when Hostettler hit a sacrifice fly to right.
The Dolphins and the Bisons will conclude its series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The game can be seen live through ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com and can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action.