SUNDAY, APRIL 03, 2011
Baseball’s mistakes proves costly in 5-1 loss to Belmont
Chris Connelly
Chris Connelly
In what started out as a pitching duel ended up being a bit sloppy as five Dolphin errors led to five unearned runs as the JU baseball team fell to Belmont, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at Shelby Park.

JU (17-11, 7-5) left a game-high seven runners on base and managed only five hits while BU (14-15, 4-8) had the ball bounce its way for the first time in the series.

“We did not show up mentally prepared to play today,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “You always worry about an offensive layoff after a game like yesterday but our play in the field was inexcusable. Our pitchers threw well enough to win but we weren’t able to back them up. It’s good to win a series but you never want to end one with a bad taste in your mouth.”

Freshman Tony Mollica (2-2) was tagged with the loss despite allowing two unearned on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

Matt Hamann (3-1) got the win after allowing one run on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings.

Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker led the Dolphins by going 2-for-4 with two doubles while senior left fielder Chris Connelly added multiple hits.

After four scoreless innings, the Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the fifth when Zac Mitchell drove in a run with a grounder to second and Dylan Craig hit an RBI single through the right side.

The Dolphins cut the margin to 2-1 in the sixth when junior shortstop Jimmy Howick hit an RBI double down the third-base line.

BU increased the margin to 5-1 in the sixth when Greg Brody hit a two-run single to left and Mitchell drove in a run with a grounder to second.

The Dolphins will next host USF for a two-game set beginning on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The contest can be followed through live stats or the Belmont Radio Broadcast by logging onto JUDolphins.com.