SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009
Baseball rallies for 11-10 win over Mercer in game two
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Senior Jeremy Gillan
After Dr. Jekyl tallied two hits last night, Mr. Hyde put on a clinic in game two as the Dolphins rallied for four runs in the eighth to lead the JU baseball team to an 11-10 win over Mercer, Sunday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.

The contest was delayed an hour and 24 minutes in the bottom of the ninth due to thunderstorms in the Macon area.

JU (32-17, 18-11), which rallied for a win after seven innings for the sixth time this year, hit a season-high five home runs which was the most by the Dolphins since April 8, 2006 at North Florida.

MU (20-21, 9-14), which held three leads in the contest, tallied a season-high four home runs in the contest.

“I liked the approach we had during batting practice today and it carried over into the game,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It took a while for this one to be officially done but we will definitely take the win. Tomorrow will be important for both teams so I am expecting a hard fought battle.”

Senior Billy Schlee (3-2) got the win after allowing two runs on four hits with a strikeout in three innings of relief. Sophomore Chris Kaminski notched his eighth save after recording two outs in the ninth. Sophomore Matt Loosen earned the no-decision after allowing eight runs on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings.

J.T. Odom (4-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing one unearned run on two his with two walks in an inning of relief. Dan April also earned a no-decision after allowing six runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.

Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan led the Dolphins by going 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI. Junior first baseman Alex Martinez went 2-for-5 with a home run to also lead the squad.

Tyler McCarty led the Bears by going 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. Nick DiMauro went a game-high 4-for-5 with an RBI to also lead the Bears.

The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the first when Myers hit a two-run homer with two outs. With one out, senior left fielder Kyle Fleming was hit by a pitch before Myers crushed a shot to right center for his eighth home run of the season.

The Bears took a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the first when Jacob Tanis hit an RBI single and Thomas Carroll hit a two-run homer to left with two outs.

JU evened things up in the third when Gillan hit a solo shot to right field with two outs. For Gillan, it was his team-leading 11th homer of the season and his fifth round tripper in his last six games.

The Dolphins took a 5-3 lead in the fourth when Johnson hit a two-run shot with two outs. With one out, Hawkins drew walk before Johnson sent a hanging curveball over the left-field wall for his first career home run.

Mercer cut the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth when Casey Stuart hit a sacrifice fly to right.

JU increased the lead to 6-4 in the fifth when Martinez hit a solo shot to left center with two outs for his 10th home run of the season.

The Bears took an 8-6 advantage in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler McCarty and Steven Karwatt each hit two-run homers down the left-field line.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to 8-7 in the sixth when senior pinch-hitter Brad Simmons hit a solo homer down the right-field line. For Simmons, it was his third home run of the season.

Mercer increased the margin to 9-7 in the seventh when McCarty hit a solo homer to right field to lead off the inning.

JU took an 11-9 lead in the eighth when junior second baseman Chuck Opachich hit a sacrifice fly, Gillan hit an RBI single, Myers drew a bases loaded walk and a run scored on a fielding error at third.

Hawkins drew a walk to lead off the inning and then stole second before Simmons drew a walk. Both runners advanced when catcher’s interference was granted to Johnson. Opachich followed with a fly to left to score Hawkins before Fleming drew a walk to load the bases. Gillan followed with a single to right to score pinch runner Joey Belviso and Myers drew a walk to plate another run.

With two outs, sophomore center fielder Chris Connelly hit a grounder in the hole which was fielded by shortstop Nick DiMauro. DiMauro tried to flip a throw to third for the force out but Tanis missed the bag after the catch, allowing another run to score.

The Bears cut the deficit to 11-10 in the bottom of the eight when DiMauro hit an RBI single to second with two outs.

The Dolphins and Bears will conclude their series at Claude Smith Field on Monday at 1 p.m. The game can be followed through LiveStats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.