FRIDAY, MAY 01, 2009
Baseball and Kennesaw State suspended in the 11th
Junior Chuck Opachich
Junior Chuck Opachich
In a pitching duel which has yet to be completed, the JU baseball team and Kennesaw State had its contest suspended in the top of the 11th inning with a 1-1 tie due to severe storms, Friday evening at Stillwell Stadium.

The contest will be concluded on Saturday with a runner on second with one out in the Dolphins’ half of the inning.

Junior Carson Andrew got the no-decision despite scattering only three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 6.2 shutout innings.

Kyle Heckathorn also got the no-decision after allowing one run on nine hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in eight innings.

Senior second baseman Chuck Opachich has led the Dolphins by going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Junior first baseman Alex Martinez is finished 2-for-5 with a double.

After five scoreless innings, the Owls threatened in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out but Andrew got Martin Baker to pop to third and Andrew Martin to ground out to short to end the inning.

JU took a 1-0 lead in the seventh when Opachich hit an RBI single to left with two outs. Freshman designated hitter Kevin Lehane led off the inning with a rolling single to third and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior left fielder Kyle Fleming. Sophomore center fielder Chris Connelly drew a walk before Opachich laced a single to left to score the game’s first run with two outs.

The Owls looked to tie the game up in the seventh with a runner on first base and a double down the right-field line by Jon White with one out. Senior right fielder Thomas Myers collected the ball and got the relay into Opachich outside of first base. In one motion, Opachich turned and fired a strike to senior catcher Jeremy Gillan in time to get Clint Roques at the plate. With White still on second with two outs, Wedner entered the game and got Jacob Robbins to fly out to center to end the inning.

KSU evened things up in the ninth when Jacob Robbins laced an RBI single to left on a 3-2 pitch with two outs.

The Dolphins and the Owls will conclude their series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both games can be seen live through ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com. The first game of the double dip can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action.