Baseball falls to No. 18 College of Charleston, 9-5
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Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and the Dolphins jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but costly errors in the seventh were their undoing as the JU baseball team fell to No. 18 College of Charleston, 9-5, Tuesday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (6-3) plated three runs in the first and one in the third to take a 4-0 advantage but CofC (8-0) was never fazed as the Cougars cut the deficit to 5-4 in the fifth before taking advantage of three errors for a four-run seventh.

“This is not the same opponent that we saw over the weekend,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got on them early but they are a ranked team for a reason. They chipped away and then we gave them too many extra outs in the seventh. We have to play solid defense in order to have a chance to win and that didn’t happen tonight.”

Freshman Will Flor (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing four unearned runs on only one hit in 2.1 innings of relief. Senior Matthew Tomshaw, who saw his first action of 2011, got the no-decision after allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in four innings.

Casey Lucchese (1-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings of relief. Kyle Owings notched his second save of the year after scattering only two hits in the final two innings. Christian Powell also got the no-decision after giving up four runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work.

Along with Murphy, sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen went 2-for-4 while sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker finished with a team-high two RBI.

Jose Rodriguez was the man of the night by going 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. Matt Leeds also chipped in with two RBI to also extend the Cougars’ winning ways.

JU took a 3-0 lead in the first when Walker laced a two-run single to center and senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo hit a sacrifice fly to right.

The Dolphins added another run in the third when Murphy stole home after Walker was gunned down at first on a swinging strikeout.

The Cougars cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fourth when Leeds hit a two-run double down the left-field line and Daniel Aldrich hit an RBI double to right.

JU pushed the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth when freshman second baseman Colin Monagle drove in a run with a grounder to second.

CofC cut the margin to 5-4 in the fifth when Rodriguez drove in a run with a bases loaded walk with two outs. Flor would enter the contest and end the threat by striking out Aldrich with the bases still loaded.

The Cougars took their first lead of the contest, 8-5, by taking advantage of two fielding errors, a throwing error and a wild pitch. After the first run scored in the wild pitch, Rodriguez hit a three-run shot over the right-field wall to put CofC up for good.

CofC would add another run in the top of the ninth when Rodriguez added a solo shot to left field.

JU will continue its homestand with a three-game series against Wagner beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The contest can be followed on ASun.TV or livestats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.