SUNDAY, MAY 03, 2009
Baseball drops rubber game to Kennesaw State, 15-9
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Senior Jeremy Gillan
After getting into an early 5-0 hole in the first, the Dolphins could never claw their way out as the JU baseball team fell to Kennesaw State, 15-9, Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of the series at Stillwell Stadium.

JU (29-15, 17-10), which dropped its first conference series since Belmont (April 3-4), stranded a game-high 13 runners on base.

KSU (27-18, 17-6) continued to get outstanding pitching efforts but also pounded out a series high 15 runs on 20 hits.

“We used up a lot of energy and emotion in the first game of the series and we never got it back,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Kennesaw State has a tremendous pitching staff and we got to see it first hand this weekend. Right now, we have a quick turnaround to deal with so we need to be ready to get back to work.”

Sophomore Matt Tomshaw (3-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits with a walk and a strikeout in 5.2 innings.

Justin Edwards (4-3) earned the win after allowing three runs on six hits with six walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.

Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan led the Dolphins by finishing 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI while senior left fielder Kyle Fleming went 4-for-6.

Ric Bishop led the Owls by going 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI while Curtis Van Wyck went 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and six RBI.

The Owls took a 5-0 lead in the first when Jace Whitmer hit a two-run single through the right side and Cutis Van Wyck hit a three-run homer to right center.

KSU made it 6-0 in the fifth when Bishop hit an RBI double to right center.

JU cut the deficit to 6-3 in the sixth when freshman third baseman Derik Grimes hit a two-run shot over the KSU Athletics Fieldhouse in left field and junior second baseman Chuck Opachich hit an RBI single.

Junior first baseman Alex Martinez led off the inning with a walk before Grimes followed with his first collegiate homer on a 0-2 pitch. Sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins and freshman designated hitter Kevin Lehane each drew consecutive walks before Opachich poked a single to center.

The Owls answered right back in the bottom of the sixth by scoring five runs on seven hits to take an 11-3 lead.

The Dolphins made it 11-5 in the 11-5 in the eighth when Gillan hit an RBI single and senior right fielder Thomas Myers tallied an RBI double. With one out, Opachich drew a walk and then advanced to third when Fleming pulled a single through the right side. Gillan followed with a single to center to score Opachich and then Myers hit a drive into right center to plate Fleming.

The Owls would add four more runs in the eighth and JU notched four runs in the ninth to end the scoring in the contest.

The Dolphins will begin a two-game trip to Tallahassee, Fla. on Monday as JU faces Florida A&M at 7 p.m.