SATURDAY, MARCH 05, 2011
Baseball takes doubleheader to sweep Wagner series
Junior Steve Eagerton allowed only one run in seven innings of work in a 7-3 game one win while four pitchers combined for a 9-0 shutout in game two to lead the JU baseball team to a series sweep over Wagner, Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (9-3) swept another non-conference series by combining for 16 runs and 24 hits in the double dip while the Dolphin pitching staff held WC (1-6) to only three runs on 12 hits.
“It was another good weekend for us,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We strung some hits together and our pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes and making our defense work. We have two more mid-week games coming up before we head into conference and hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”
In game one, Eagerton (2-0) notched his second straight decision by scattering three hits while walking one batter and recording a strikeout in seven innings.
Mark Holmes (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) while walking three and striking out three in five innings.
Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while senior designated hitter Kevin Lehane and freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff each registered two hits.
Kevin McDonnell led the Seahawks by going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
JU took a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI ground out by sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen.
The Seahawks evened things up in the third when Jack Rice scored from third on a balk by Eagerton.
The Dolphins made it 2-1 in the third when junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy hit an RBI single through the left side. JU would add two runs in the fifth when Walker hit a two-run shot to right center and then tack on single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth.
WC would add two run in the top of the ninth on a solo homer by McDonnell and an RBI double by Jon Higgins.
In game two, senior Chris Kaminski (2-2) got the win after scattering six hits while walking one and striking out six in 5.2 innings. Senior Matthew Tomshaw worked two scoreless innings in a no-decision while freshmen Zac Houck and Chris Anderson each combined for 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to hold the shutout.
Jon Lucas (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out three in five innings.
Murphy led the offense by going 3-for-5 with an RBI while Gulbransen (two RBI), Walker (triple), Lehane (double), junior shortstop Jimmy Howick and freshman second baseman Chris Moye each added multiple hits.
Seth Boyd and Hayden Hunter each tallied two hits to lead the Seahawks.
JU took a 1-0 lead in the second when senior right fielder Chris Connelly drove in a run with a grounder to second.
The Dolphins increased the margin to 3-0 in the third when Murphy hit an RBI single up the middle and Gulbransen drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
JU would add another run in the fourth when Moye drove in Connelly from third with a grounder to short.
The Dolphins made it 6-0 in the seventh when Walker laced an RBI triple down the right-field line and Howick hit an RBI single through the left side.
JU would tack on three more runs in the eighth when Gulbransen hit an RBI single to center, Murphy scored from third on a throwing error by Seahawk catcher Hayden Hunter and Lehane capped things off with an RBI double to right center.
JU will continue its 13-game homestand with a two-game set against Evansville beginning on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. The contest can be viewed on ASun.TV and through livestats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.