SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2009
Baseball defeats Dallas Baptist, 13-3, in regular season finale
Junior Carson Andrew
Junior Carson Andrew
With the A-Sun Tournament looming next week, several players got a day off and their replacements didn’t disappoint as the JU baseball team defeated Dallas Baptist, 13-3, Saturday afternoon in the 2009 regular season finale at John Sessions Stadium.

The contest was delayed a total of 40 minutes due to sporadic rain in the Arlington area.

JU (34-20), which snapped a three-game skid, pounded out 13 runs on 14 hits including an eight-run fourth inning.

DBU (38-16) ended up with 10 hits in the contest but left a game-high eight runners on base.

“We’ve played a lot of games lately and we wanted to rest some guys,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “I was happy to see other guys take advantage of their opportunity and give us something positive to think about as we head down to DeLand on Tuesday.”

Junior Carson Andrew (6-3) notched his team leading sixth win after allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts in four innings of a pre-determined start. Junior Glen Witkowski and sophomore Chris Kaminski combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

Chris McMullen (7-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing nine runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

Senior right fielder Thomas Myers led the squad by going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Sophomore catcher Alex Swenson went 2-for-5 with two RBI while senior designated hitter Dan Maier, freshman center fielder Joey Belviso and freshman second baseman K.C. Clabough each finished with multiple hits.

Ryan Thompson led the Patriots by going 2-for-4 with two triples and an RBI while Clay Kelly also tallied multiple hits.

The Patriots threatened in the second with a runner on third with two outs but Andrew got Austin Knight to strike out swinging to end the inning.

The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Belviso hit a sacrifice fly to right. Maier led off the inning with a double to left center and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore left fielder Chris Connelly. In the next at-bat, Belviso hit a 3-2 pitch down the right-field line to drive in Maier.

DBU evened the contest in the fourth when Thompson hit an RBI triple into the right-field corner.

JU opened the flood gates in the fourth after scoring eight runs on seven hits to take a 9-1 lead.

With one out, freshman first baseman Kevin Lehane drew a walk and advanced to second on a single to left by Maier. Connelly followed with a single to center to score Lehane. With two outs, junior third baseman Derek Abis drove in a run with a single to right center. After Clabough hit an RBI single to right center, sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins followed with an RBI double down the left-field line. After a single by Swenson, Myers cleared the bases with his 11th home run of the season.

The Dolphins made it 10-1 in the fifth when Abis drove in a run with a grounder to second. With one out, Connelly drew a walk and advanced to third on a double to right center by Belviso. Abis followed with a chopper to second to score Connelly.

The Patriots cut the deficit to 10-2 in the sixth when Ryan Goins hit a solo shot off the scoreboard in right center.

The Dolphins increased the margin to 12-2 in the sixth when Myers hit an RBI single and a run scored on a throwing error.

Hawkins drew a walk to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Myers dropped a single into center to score Hawkins and then scored from second when second baseman Clay Kelly’s relay to first on a double-play bounced to the dugout.

DBU cut the margin to 12-3 in the seventh when Ryan Enos hit an RBI single up the middle.

JU made it 13-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Hawkins hit a sacrifice fly to left. Belviso led off the inning with a single to center and then advanced to third on a double down the left-field line by Clabough. In the next at-bat, Hawkins hit a fly to left to score Belviso.

The Dolphins will take a few days off before opening the 2009 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at Melching Field against No. 6 ETSU on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The game can be followed live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action and on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.