WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011
Baseball falls to #20 College of Charleston, 8-4
The Dolphins may have finished with more hits on the evening but half of their opponents’ hits left the yard as the JU baseball team fell to No. 20 College of Charleston, 8-4, Wednesday evening at Patriots Point.
JU (11-6), which was swept by CofC (15-3) in the season series for the second straight year, were done in by six walks, a costly fielding error and three home runs by the Cougars.
“We can’t put runners on base and then give extra at-bats to teams and expect to win,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We were able to piece things together here and there offensively but we couldn’t get a big hit. It’s a tough start to a road trip but we have a lot more games to go.”
Freshman Tony Mollica (3-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (one earned) on one hit with four walks and a strikeout in 1.2 innings of work. Senior Brian Gilroy added two innings of scoreless relief while freshman Adam Maxon also chipped in with a scoreless inning.
Robert Jeroszko (2-1) got the win after allowing four runs on six hits with nine strikeouts in eight innings.
Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Matt Leeds led the Cougars by finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI while Daniel Aldrich went 2-for-3 with a home run.
The Cougars put up five runs in the second when a run scored on a fielding error, Cole Rakar hit a sacrifice fly to left and Leeds hit a two out, three-run homer to left.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 5-1 in the third when Murphy hit an RBI single to center with two outs.
JU made it 5-2 in the fourth when sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker scored from third on a wild pitch by Jerosko.
CofC increased the margin to 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Leeds hit a two-run homer to left field on a 3-2 pitch with two outs. The Cougars added another run in the fifth when Daniel Aldrich led off the inning with a solo shot to right center.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 8-4 in the eighth when freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff and Murphy each scored from third on wild pitches by Jeroszko.
The Dolphins will head back into A-Sun play with a three-game set at ETSU beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. All three contests can be viewed through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.