SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010
Tomshaw hurls third straight complete game in 8-4 win over FGCU
Another day and a different result for the Dolphins as junior Matt Tomshaw hurled his third straight complete game to lead the JU baseball team to an 8-4 win over FGCU, Saturday afternoon in game one of at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (23-24, 12-10), which snapped a four-game losing streak, pounded out 15 hits while Tomshaw held FGCU (33-17, 21-5) to only seven hits in the contest.
“This is what we needed and now we have to finish it,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Matt has been tremendous for us all year long and he continued to be stellar today. Our guys fed off of his energy and that sparked us today.”
Tomshaw (7-1) allowed only four runs (two earned) while walking two, striking out five and hurling only 107 pitches (77 for strikes).
Richie Erath (6-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (five earned) on 13 hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Hawkins led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI while senior first baseman Alex Martinez also finished with three hits on the day. Sophomore Jonathan Murphy drove in a game-high four runs on two hits while freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen and sophomore Jimmy Howick each added two hits.
Austin Gaines went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run to lead the Eagles while Stephen Wickens also finished with two hits.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first when Zach Maxfield hit an RBI single through the left side.
JU evened the contest in the bottom of the first when Hawkins hit a solo homer to left field.
FGCU recaptured the lead, 3-1, in the second when Gaines led off with a solo homer to left and a run scored on a fielding error with two outs.
The Dolphins evened the contest again, 3-3, when two runs scored on a throwing error by Wickens at short.
JU took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third when freshman Adam Brett Walker hit an RBI single down the right-field line with two outs.
The Dolphins increase the margin to 6-3 in the fourth when Murphy hit a two-run single back up the middle.
FGCU cut the deficit to 6-4 in the sixth when a runs scored from third on a fielding error with two outs.
JU increased the margin to 8-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Hawkins hit a two-run double down the third-base line.