Baseball rallies for 12-4 win over Bethune-Cookman in weather-shortened contest
Junior Alex Martinez
Junior Alex Martinez
Junior first baseman Alex Martinez went 4-for-4 with two doubles while the Dolphins rallied in the fourth inning with 10 runs on seven hits to lead the JU baseball team to a 12-4 win over Bethune-Cookman in five innings, Wednesday evening at Johns Sessions Stadium.

The contest was ended due to lightning storms in the Arlington area and was official with the Dolphins leading in the bottom half of the fifth. JU had scored a run and had runners on second and third with one out when the game was stopped. The stats in the bottom half of the inning counts due to the events not having a bearing on the outcome of the contest.

JU (31-16) trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the fourth but the Dolphins sent 16 batters to the plate, which included the first six batters reaching base safely before the first out was recorded.

B-CU (27-25) scored a run in the first and three runs in the top of the fourth before running into a buzz saw in the bottom half of the inning.

“Every game counts for us right now and this is a big win,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “I’m glad we were able to get it in before the weather hit. Now we get a little extra rest before our final A-Sun series this weekend.”

Junior Carson Andrew (4-3) earned the win after allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings.

Joseph Munoz (3-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout in three innings.

Along with Martinez, sophomore center fielder Chris Connelly went 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBI while senior designated hitter Jeremy Gillan tallied a home run in his fourth straight game with a three-run shot in the fourth. Senior left fielder Kyle Fleming also finished with multiple hits for the Dolphins.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead by taking advantage of a Dolphin fielding error when Mark Brooks scored from third on a grounder to short by Jeremy Davis.

The Dolphins evened the contest, 1-1, in the third when junior second baseman Chuck Opachich hit an RBI single to short. Connelly led off the inning with a double to left center and then moved to third on a grounder to short by sophomore third baseman Glen Johnson. In the next at-bat, Opachich beat out a high chopper to short to score Connelly.

B-CU took a 4-1 lead in the fourth when Peter O’Brien and Chris Brown each hit an RBI double and Alejandro Jimenez tallied an RBI single.

JU opened the flood gates in the bottom of the fourth by scoring 10 runs on seven hits after sending 16 batters to the plate to make it 11-4.

The Dolphins added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Martinez hit an RBI double down the left-field line. Fleming led off the inning with a chop single to first and then advanced to second when Myers drew a walk with one out. In the next at-bat, Martinez laced a shot into the left-field corner to drive in Fleming.

The Dolphins will return to A-Sun play this weekend with a three-game series at Mercer beginning on Saturday at 6 p.m.