SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011
Baseball takes series with doubleheader split against USC Upstate
Despite falling late to the Spartans (7-6) in Game One, senior Matthew Tomshaw went eight strong innings while junior shortstop Jimmy Howick went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI to lead the JU baseball team to a 12-4 win over USC Upstate in Game Two, Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (11-5, 2-1) dropped its first contest in weekend play, but the Dolphins garnered its first series win in Atlantic Sun Conference play with the Game Two win over Upstate (6-10, 1-2).
“There were some things I wish I would have done differently in the first game but we answered back nicely in the nightcap,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Our starting pitching did a great job for us today overall, especially Matthew coming back on only three days rest.”
In game two, Tomshaw (1-1) earned his first decision of 2011 by allowing only one earned run (four overall) while scattering 10 hits and striking out five batters. Freshman Adam Maxon ended the game with a perfect ninth.
David Roseboom (0-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits with four walks and a strikeout in 5.2 innings.
Along with Howick, junior Jonathan Murphy went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI and junior catcher Matt Frank finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Sophomore designated hitter Adam Brett Walker also finished with multiple hits to lead the Dolphins.
Blake Green finished 3-for-3 with a double to lead the Spartans while Tyler Cook went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
With Upstate leading 4-2 through five innings, the Dolphins took a 6-4 advantage in the sixth when Frank hit a sacrifice fly to right, freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff hit an RBI single to third while Murphy and sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen each drew a bases loaded walk.
The Dolphins would add six more runs in the bottom of the eighth, which included a three-run double to left center by Howick.
In the first game, JU held a 3-0 lead through four innings and then tied the contest, 5-5, in the bottom of the eight but Upstate’s two runs in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference.
Freshman Chris Anderson (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts in two innings of relief. Senior Chris Kaminski got the no-decision despite allowing four runs (none earned) on six hits with five walks and six strikeouts in six innings.
Ryan Fern (2-1) got the win despite allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with two walks in two innings of relief.
Ratliff led the Dolphins offensively by going 3-for-5 while Murphy also finished with multiple hits.
Luke Webber led the way for the Spartans by finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.
Trailing 7-5 in the ninth, the Dolphins cut the margin to 7-6 when Ratliff scored from second on a fielding error by second baseman Austin Lipit. JU had runners on the corners with one out but the contest would end on a double play to second.
With the conclusion of its season-high 13 game homestand, the Dolphins will embark on a four-game road trip next week beginning with No. 20 College of Charleston on Wednesday at 7 p.m. All four contests can be viewed through livestats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.