SATURDAY, MAY 02, 2009
Baseball falls to Kennesaw State, 11-4, in game two
After winning in dramatic fashion in game one, the Dolphins ran out of magic in game two but caused some headaches as the JU baseball team fell to Kennesaw State, 11-4, Saturday afternoon at Stillwell Stadium.
JU (29-14, 17-9), which had its four-game winning streak at Stillwell come to end, did manage to touch up Chad Jenkins for the first time in a month.
Jenkins, who did not allow a run in the month of April, gave up four runs in the seventh to snap his scoreless inning streak at 41. Jenkins also allowed his first walk in the seventh to snap his streak of 24.2 consecutive innings without allowing a free pass.
KSU (26-18, 16-6) shook off the effects of the 15 inning loss in game one by pounding out 11 runs on 17 hits.
“We faced a heck of a pitcher today,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It’s not easy when you are going against a pair of high draft picks in back-to-back games but we are happy to have a split thus far. Tomorrow is going to be a battle and we need to be ready for it.”
Sophomore Sean Green (3-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on 10 hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Jenkins (7-1) got the win and stayed undefeated in conference play after allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts while notching his fourth complete game of the year.
Ric Bishop led the Owls by going 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. It marked the first time JU allowed a home run since April 11 at ETSU. Jace Whitmer went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.
The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the first when Bishop hit an RBI single through the left side with one out.
KSU made it 3-0 in the second when Whitmer hit a two-run homer to dead center with no outs.
The Owls made it 5-0 in the fifth when Bishop led off the inning with a homer to center and Whitmer hit an RBI double off the left-field wall.
KSU increased the margin to 10-0 in the sixth when the Owls plated five runs on six hits including a three-run homer to right by Bishop.
JU but the margin to 10-4 in the seventh when sophomore catcher Alex Swenson hit an RBI single to right, sophomore center fielder Chris Connelly hit an RBI single through the left side and freshman pinch-hitter K.C. Clabough hit a two-run single up the middle.
KSU added another run in the eighth when Whitmer hit an RBI double to center with two outs.
The Dolphins and the Owls will conclude their series on Sunday at 12 p.m. The game can be seen live through ASun.TV or on GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.