SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011
Baseball has long wait but eventually defeats Florida A&M, 8-1
After more than five hours of rain delay/field maintenance, the Dolphins made its final home game a good one as the JU baseball team defeated Florida A&M, 8-1, Saturday afternoon in the 2011 home finale at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (32-18) lead 2-0 in the bottom of the second when the skies opened up and then proceeded to plate four more runs in same frame five hours later to spark the win over FAMU (17-38).
“It was a really long day but it was a much needed win,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “I appreciate all the fans who hung out with us and I’m glad our seniors got to play a full game in their home finale. We have a day off tomorrow before we get ready for a really big week for us.”
Senior Matthew Tomshaw (6-3) got the win in a predetermined start, hurling two shutout innings. Junior Sean Green, seniors Brian Gilroy and Chris Kaminski and freshman Chris Anderson also chipped in with an inning of shutout relief.
David Duncan (3-7) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout in one inning, he was forced to leave in the bottom of the second when he was hit in the back part of the head on a comebacker.
Junior Kevin Lehane led the Dolphins offense by going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy also went yard with a three-run shot. Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker also finished 2-for-3.
Tobi Adeyemi led the Rattlers by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
JU took a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the second when senior designated hitter Chris Connelly and senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo each drew a bases loaded walk. After the five hour delay, freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff drove in a run with a grounder to second before Murphy hit a three-run homer to left.
The Rattlers cut the margin to 6-1 in the third when Adeyemi hit a solo shot to left.
The Dolphins added two more runs in the seventh when Lehane hit a drive over the left field wall.
The Dolphins will next travel to No. 5 Florida on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action or through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.