MONDAY, MAY 04, 2009
Baseball smashes Florida A&M, 11-3
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and four RBI and senior Garrett Dunlap went a career-best seven innings to lead the JU baseball team to a 11-3 win over Florida A&M, Monday evening at Moore-Kittles Field.

JU (30-15) pounded out 11 runs on 12 hits to sweep the season series against FAMU (20-25).

“I’m glad we were able to keep our focus after having a long weekend,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Garrett did a great job of throwing strikes and our bats came alive for us. Now we need to get some rest and be ready to play again tomorrow against one of the hottest teams in the nation.”

Dunlap (1-0) earned the win after allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with six strikeouts in a career-high seven innings. Freshman Baker Chapman added three strikeouts in two innings of perfect relief.

Derrick Shaw (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing 11 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits with five walks and six strikeout to notch his third complete game of the season.

Along with Gillan, sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. Senior left fielder Kyle Fleming went 3-for-6 with a triple and an RBI.

Jeffries led the Rattlers by going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

The Dolphins took a 3-0 lead in the first when Gillan and Martinez each hit an RBI double and Hawkins tallied an RBI single.

Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich drew a walk to lead off the game and then stole second. Gillan followed with a drive over the head of Stavone Martin in right to plate Opachich. With two outs, junior first baseman Alex Martinez laced a shot into the left-field corner to score Gillan. After a walk to freshman designated hitter Kevin Lehane, Hawkins bounced a ball over the reach of third baseman Jared Jeffries to plate Martinez.

FAMU cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the first when Darryl Evans hit an RBI single back up the middle.

JU increased the lead to 6-1 in the third when Hawkins hit a three-run homer with two out. With two outs, Martinez drew a walk and then moved to second on a wild pitch. After Lehane reached on a fielding error by first baseman Steve Cunningham, Hawkins hit a shot over the left-field wall for his second homer of the season.

The Dolphins made it 8-1 in the fourth when Gillan hit a two-run homer to left. Junior left fielder Kyle Fleming led off the inning with a single up the middle. Gillan followed with a towering shot over the left-field wall for his seventh homer of the season.

The Rattlers threatened in the bottom of the fourth with runners on first and third with one out but Dunlap got Martin to ground into an inning-ending double play to second.

FAMU cut the deficit to 8-2 in the fifth when Cunningham hit an RBI double to left center.

JU made it 9-2 in the sixth when senior right fielder Thomas Myers drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. Fleming led off the inning with a triple to left center and Gillan was hit by a pitch. In the next at-bat, Myers hit a grounder to short to score Fleming on the force at second.

FAMU threatened in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and second with two outs but Dunlap got Tobi Adeyemi to foul out to third to end the inning.

The Rattlers cut the margin to 9-3 in the seventh when Jeffries hit an RBI single to left.

The Dolphins made it 10-3 in the eighth when Gillan hit a solo home run to lead off the inning. For Gillan, it was the second two home run performance of his career.

JU increased the margin to 11-3 in the ninth when Fleming hit an RBI single. With two outs, Opachich hit a triple to right center before Fleming laced a single to right.

The Dolphins conclude its two-game trip to Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday as JU faces No. 6 Florida State at 6 p.m. The contest can be followed live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action and through GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.