Baseball blanks FIU, 4-0, to give Terry Alexander 650 wins
Head coach Terry Alexander got his 650th win with the victory on Wednesday.
Head coach Terry Alexander got his 650th win with the victory on Wednesday.
After 14 days without a game, the Dolphins picked right up where they left off by tallying their first shutout of the season while giving head coach Terry Alexander his 650th career win as the JU baseball team blanked FIU, 4-0, Wednesday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (19-17), which tallied its first shutout since a 3-0 decision over Belmont on March 9, 2008, used eight pitchers in the contest and finished with three double-plays in the contest.

FIU (23-17), which suffered its first shutout since 2008, managed only six hits while striking out nine times and committing two errors in the field.

“I always cherish when I reach a milestone in my career because it reminds me of all the great players that have played for me over the year,” said Alexander. “This was a tremendous effort by our pitching staff today. We know what we are capable of when we are hitting on all cylinders and if our pitching continues like this, I like our chances the rest of the season.”

Senior Kyle Kriech (1-3) got the win after hurling two innings of shutout relief. Junior Matt Loosen went one inning to start the game and struck out all three batters he faced. Junior Chris Kaminski hurled the final 1.1 innings to notch his seventh save of the year.

The Dolphins also got scoreless innings of relief from freshman Chris Patrick (1), junior Brian Gilroy (1), freshman Kentrail Pierce (0.1), sophomore Baker Chapman (0.2) and freshman Sean Kennedy (1.2).

Dillon Vitale (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on three hits with a walk in two innings of a predetermined start.

Senior second baseman Chuck Opachich led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen also finished with multiple hits for JU.

Jeremy Patton led the Golden Panthers by going 2-for-3 with double. Garrett Wittles, who entered the game with the longest hitting streak in the nation, increased the streak to 35 with a double.

JU took a 1-0 lead in the second when Opachich drove in Gulbransen from third with a fielder’s choice to short.

The Dolphins increased the margin to 3-0 in the fourth when freshman left fielder Jonathan Murphy drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and junior right fielder Esterlin Perozo drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right.

FIU threatened with the bases loaded and one out but Chapman entered the contest and got Mike Martinez to ground into an inning ending double-play to short.

JU made it 4-0 in the sixth when freshman third baseman Jimmy Howick hit a sacrifice fly to right.

The Dolphins will return to A-Sun action this weekend with a three-game series at Lipscomb beginning on Friday at 7 p.m ET.