FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011
Baseball stays alive with 5-3 win over #1 Stetson
The Dolphins are taking a “one game at a time” approach these days, and thus far, it’s working as the JU baseball team avoided elimination with a 5-3 win over No. 1 Stetson, Friday afternoon in the third round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at Dugan Field.
No. 2 JU (36-21) will now play No. 4 Mercer (38-19) at 8:05 p.m. ET for a chance to face No. 6 Belmont in the championship round on Saturday. The Bruins earned the right to play on Saturday with a 6-4 win over the Bears to start off the day.
“It’s a long road but if you simplify things you can get through it easier,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We needed a win to stay alive and we pulled it through. Now we get to take a short break before we lace them up again.”
Freshman Jimmy Appleby (2-0), who notched the win to give JU the No. 2 seed on Saturday, kept the Dolphins alive by allowing only one run on one hit with a walk and a strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief. Freshman Chris Anderson tallied his 11th save by hurling three innings of shutout relief to close it out. Junior Steve Eagerton got the no-decision despite allowing only two runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Tucker Donahue (2-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits with six walks and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
Freshman shortstop Chris Moye, who was inserted in the lineup due to the injury to junior Jimmy Howick last night, went 3-for-5.
Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker and senior catcher Alex Swenson each finished with multiple hits and an RBI.
Ben Carhart led the Hatters by going 2-for-3 with three RBI while Mark Jones and Mitchell Brennan each finished with multiple hits.
The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the first when sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen hit an RBI single to right. JU increased the lead to 3-0 in the second when junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy hit a two-run single through the right side.
The Dolphins made it 4-0 in the fourth when Walker pulled an RBI single through the left side with two outs.
The Hatters cut the 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Carhart pulled a two-run single through the left side. Stetson still threatened with runners on first and second with one out but Appleby entered the contest and got Nick Rickles to ground into a double-play to second to end the inning.
JU made it 5-2 in the seventh when Swenson pulled an RBI single through the left side with two outs.
Stetson cut the deficit 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Carhart hit a sacrifice fly to center. The Hatters still threatened with runners on first and second with two outs but Anderson got Rickles to strike outs swinging to end the inning.
Tonight’s contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action or through ASun.TV and live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.