SATURDAY, MAY 07, 2011
Baseball takes another series with 5-2 win over North Florida
A trio of freshman arms and solid defense gave the Dolphins another A-Sun series win as the JU baseball team defeated North Florida, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in the second game of the SunTrust River City Rumble at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
JU (29-17, 18-8) never trailed in the contest to win its sixth series of the season and reclaim the SunTrust River City Rumble Old Wooden Barrel.
UNF (24-21, 12-14) had its opportunities in the contest but a runner was gunned down at the plate in the fourth (which would have tied the contest) while leaving a game-high nine runners on base.
“This was a big game for us to win,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It takes some pressure off not have a rubber game against a tough opponent. It was good to see our freshman stepping up on a big stage. We are going to need them as we head into the final leg of the regular season.”
Freshman Tony Mollica (3-3) got his first win in seven decisions after allowing only two runs on two hits with seven walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Freshman Adam Maxon added three innings of shutout relief while freshman Chris Anderson hurled a scoreless ninth to notch his 10th save.
Tyler Moore (4-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits with five walks and four strikeouts in six innings.
Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-4 with an RBI while junior shortstop Jimmy Howick finished 2-for-4.
Corey Bass led the Ospreys by going 2-for-4 while Andrew Karmeris drove in two runs, including a solo homer to left field.
JU took a 1-0 lead in the first when Gulbransen hit an RBI single down the left-field line.
The Dolphins made it 2-0 in the second after freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff drove in a run with a bases loaded walk. UNF cut the margin to 2-1 in the third when Karmeris hit a sacrifice fly to center.
JU increased the lead to 3-1 in the fifth when sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to second.
The Ospreys cut the margin to 3-2 in the sixth when Karmeris led off the inning with a towering shot over the left field wall.
The Dolphins made it 5-2 in the seventh on a throwing error by third baseman Sam Perry with two outs, which allowed two unearned runs to score.
The Dolphins and UNF will conclude its series at John Sessions Stadium on Sunday at 2 p.m. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action. The game can also be viewed through ASun.TV or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.