SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009
Baseball rallies in the ninth but falls to Lipscomb, 3-2
Sophomore Glen Johnson
Sophomore Glen Johnson
After tallying only two hits through eight innings the Dolphins plated two runs in the ninth and were a few feet too long in winning the game but the JU baseball team fell to Lipscomb, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.

The Dolphins and fans were also in mourning for the loss of Curtis Alexander, father of JU head coach Terry Alexander, who passed away early this morning.

JU (27-13, 16-8), which had its four-game winning streak snapped, had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth but freshman outfielder Jonathan Murphy’s sharp liner held up long enough for a charging Allen Boldin to make the catch at his knee and end the game.

LU (17-26, 11-10) salvaged the series despite leaving seven runners on base and suffering through a shaky ninth.

“We were playing with heavy hearts but Brandon McClurg did an outstanding job on the hill today for Lispcomb,” said JU associate head coach Tim Montez. “We were finally able to get to him in the ninth but we just came up short.”

Sophomore Matt Tomshaw (3-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts in seven innings of work. Junior Glenn Witkowski added two innings of perfect relief.

McClurg (5-4) got the win after allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in eight innings of work. Kyle Tognazzini notched his seventh save by getting the final three outs of the contest.

Boldin and Logan Hosetettler each finished 2-for-4 with an RBI to tallying the only multiple hits in the contest.

Trailing 3-0 in the ninth, sophomore third baseman Glen Johnson doubled to left center and then moved to third on an infield single to short by junior second baseman Chuck Opachich.

Sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins drove in the first run with a bouncing single to left before senior catcher Jeremy Gillan drew a walk to load the bases.

With one out, junior first baseman Alex Martinez drove in the second run with a ground out to second. With runners still on second and third, Murphy hit the first pitch he saw in the at-bat but it went right to Boldin in left.

The Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the first when Branden Cadavid drove in a run with a ground out to second.

Lipscomb increased the margin to 2-0 in the second when Hostettler hit an RBI single to left.

The Bisons made it 3-0 in the third when Boldin hit an RBI single to right.

Lipscomb looked primed to put two more runs on the board in the fourth when Cadavid hit line shot into left center with runners on firs and second but Murphy made a diving grab in the gap to end the inning.

The Dolphins will return to action with a non-conference game against Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The game can be seen live through ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com.