THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009
Baseball falls to Dallas Baptist, 13-1, in series opener
Junior Chuck Opachich
Junior Chuck Opachich
The Dolphins did not have much going their way on this night as the JU baseball team dropped a 13-1 contest to Dallas Baptist, Thursday evening at John Sessions Stadium.

The start of the contest was delayed 18 minutes due to rain in the Arlington area.

JU (33-19) held an early 1-0 lead in the first but managed only three hits through the remainder of the contest.

DBU (37-16) pounded out 13 runs on 15 hits while getting a complete game from starter Jared Stafford.

“Dallas Baptist is a very strong ball club and we knew that coming in,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “They were efficient in every aspect of the game and they took it to us. We need to come back focused in order to bounce back.”

Sophomore Sean Green (3-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings.

Stafford (3-1) got the win after allowing only one run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts in his first complete game of the season.

Junior second baseman Chuck Opachich led the Dolphins by going 2-for-4. Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan had his career-high 18 game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4.

Ryan Goins led the Patriots by finishing 5-for-6 with two doulbles while Ryan Enos went 3-for-6 with a double, a triple a home run and two RBI.

The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the first when Gillan tallied an RBI grounder. Opachich led off the inning with a single to center and then advanced to second on a grounder to second by senior left fielder Kyle Fleming. After Opachich advanced to third on a wild pitch, Gillan rolled over a soft grounder to short to drive in the run.

The Patriots took a 4-1 advantage in the third when Travis Meiners hit a two-run single up the middle, Brandon Bantz drew a bases-loaded walk and Ryan Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to center.

DBU increased the lead to 5-1 in the fifth when Bantz drove in a run with a grounder to short.

The Patriots made it 11-1 in the seventh when they plated six runs on six hits while taking advantage of a Dolphin throwing error.

DBU increased the margin to 13-1 in the ninth when Trevor Head and Enos each hit solo home runs.

The Dolphins and Patriots will continue their series at John Sessions Stadium on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The game, which will be Senior Night, can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action and can followed live on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.