Baseball out slugged in 12-6 loss to FIU
Junior Jamaal Hawkins
Junior Jamaal Hawkins
The Dolphins have been known to match anyone when it comes to swinging for the fences in 2010 but the JU baseball team met its match on this day with a 12-6 loss to FIU, Tuesday evening at FIU Baseball Stadium.

JU (11-10) took an early 2-0 lead in the second on solo homers by senior Alex Martinez and freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker but FIU (14-7) answered with five home runs to slug its way to the win.

“You’re not going to win many games when you give up five home runs,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We jumped on them early but their bats answered right back and then some. Now our goal is to try and get a split tomorrow.”

Senior Glenn Witkowski (1-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout in 5.1 innings of work.

Daniel DeSimone (2-1) earned the win after allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins led the Dolphins by going 3-for-5 with an RBI while Alex Martinez went 3-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.

Rudy Flores led the Panthers by going 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Jeremy Patton, Tim Jobe and Junior Arrojo also finished with multiples hits and recorded a home run.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second when Martinez and Walker each hit solo home runs. Martinez led off the inning with a line drive over the right center wall on a 1-0 pitch for his fourth of the year. With one out, Walker hit a bomb over the left center wall on a full count for his team leading seventh of the season.

The Panthers took a 4-2 advantage in the bottom of the third when Arrojo hit a three-run homer down the left-field line and Mike Martinez plated a run after grounding into a double play.

JU cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fourth when Walker drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to short. Junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins led off the inning with a single to right and then moved to third on a single to right center by Martinez. With one out, Walker hit a slow chopper towards short to plate Hawkins.

FIU increased the margin to 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth when Flores hit a solo homer to right.

The Panthers made it 6-3 in the fifth when Patton hit a solo home run to right center with two outs.

FIU made it 7-3 in the sixth when Jobe hit a solo shot to right center.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to 7-5 in the seventh when junior right fielder Glen Johnson scored on throwing error and Hawkins drove in a run with a single to center. With one out, Johnson hit a double to right center and freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen drew a walk. In the next at-bat, senior second baseman Chuck Opachich looked to hit a routine double-play ball to Arrojo at short but he booted the ball and was fortunate that the ball went into the possession of Patton at the bag. Unfortunately, Patton’s relay throw to first went wide and allowed Johnson to score. Hawkins followed with a single to center to score Opachich from second.

The Panthers added four more runs in the bottom of the seventh (11-5) when Garrett Wittels hit a two-run bloop single down the right-field line, Jobe hit an RBI single up the middle and Flores hit a RBI single through the left side.

JU plated a run in the ninth when a run scored on a double play grounder to short.

The Dolphins and Panthers will conclude the series on Wednesday at 3 p.m. with the contest being able to view on Live Stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.