FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009
Baseball falls to Dallas Baptist, 7-2, in game two
Sophomore Matt Tomshaw
Sophomore Matt Tomshaw
Junior first baseman Alex Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double but the Dolphins left a game-high nine runners on base as the JU baseball team fell to Dallas Baptist, 7-2, Friday evening on Senior Night at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (33-20) cut an early deficit in half with two runs in the bottom of the third but could not generate any more runs the rest of the way.

DBU (38-15) answered the Dolphins’ rally by scoring three unanswered runs while taking advantage of two JU fielding errors.

“Both teams had opportunities in this game and they were the ones who took advantage of them,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “You can’t give a squad like Dallas Baptist second chances and expect to win. We have one more home game to salvage and take some momentum heading into the conference tournament.”

Junior Kyle Kriech (3-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in three innings. Sophomore Matt Tomshaw hurled 2.2 inning of perfect relief which included four strikeouts.

Ryan Millard (7-2) earned the win after allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Chris Haney notched his seventh save of the year after allowing only one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings.

Along with Martinez, Hawkins provided the only spark for JU with a two-run homer in the third.

Travis Meiners led the Patriots by going 3-for-5 with double and two RBI while Ryan Goins finished 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI.

The Patriots took a 4-0 lead in the third when Meiners hit an RBI single and Goins hit a three-run homer off the scoreboard in right center.

The Dolphins cut the margin to 4-2 in the bottom of the third when Hawkins hit a two-run homer. With two outs, junior second baseman Chuck Opachich pulled a single through the left side. Hawkins followed with a drive to right field for his third round tripper of the season.

DBU increased the lead to 5-2 in the fifth when Goins hit an RBI double with two outs.

The Patriots made it 7-2 in the sixth when a run scored on a fielding error by the Dolphins and Meiners hit an RBI double with two outs.

The Dolphins and Patriots will conclude their series at John Sessions Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game can be followed live on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.