SATURDAY, MAY 09, 2009
Baseball falls to Mercer, 6-1, in game one
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Senior Jeremy Gillan
It was a silent night for the Dolphins bats as the JU baseball team managed only two hits en route to a 6-1 loss to Mercer, Saturday evening at Claude Smith Field.

JU (31-17, 17-11), whose hit total was a season low, drew seven walks in the contest but left a game-high nine runners on base.

MU (20-20, 9-13) finished with a game-high 10 hits while plating five runs in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.

“You are not going to win games when you get two hits,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We still had our opportunities in this game but we could not come up with a hit in those situations. I thought Sean Green pitched well tonight but we couldn’t do anything to support him.”

Junior Kyle Kriech (3-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on two hits with a walk in 0.2 innings of relief. Sophomore Sean Green earned the no-decision after allowing one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

Lath Guyer also earned a no-decision after allowing one run on one hit with five walks and nine strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan recorded a double in the fourth inning and sophomore third baseman Glen Johnson chopped a single in front of the mound in the ninth to round out the Dolphin offense.

Tyler McCartey led the Bears by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The Bears threatened in the first with a runner on second and no outs but senior right fielder Thomas Myers gunned down Nick DiMauro at the plate on a single by Michael Langley to save a run. Green would get consecutive fly outs to left by Jacob Tanis and Thomas Carroll to end the inning.

Mercer threatened again in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out but Green got Joe Winker to ground to second for an inning ending double-play.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the sixth when Carroll drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to second.

The Dolphins evened things up in the seventh when senior left fielder Kyle Fleming hit a sacrifice fly to left. Sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins led off the inning with a walk and then stole second. With one out, Johnson and junior second baseman Chuck Opachich drew consecutive walks to load the bases. In the next at-bat, Fleming hit a fly to left to plate Hawkins.

Mercer took a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Billy Burns hit an RBI single, Langley hit a two-run single and McCarty hit a two-run single.

The Dolphins and Bears will continue their series at Claude Smith Field on Sunday at 4 p.m. The game can be followed through LiveStats by logging onto