Baseball bounces back with 7-6 win over UNCW
What a difference a day makes.

Fresh off a lopsided loss in the season opener, junior shortstop Jimmy Howick went 3-for-5 with a career-high two home runs to lead the JU baseball team to a 7-6 win over UNC-Wilmington, Saturday evening at Brooks Field.

JU (1-1) scored three runs in the first two innings and freshman Tony Mollica held UNCW (1-1) scoreless through four. Howick’s heroics padded the lead and freshman Chris Anderson closed things out for his first collegiate save.

“I’m proud of the way we bounced back today,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got some big play, our defense improved and our freshmen stepped up for us. I’m excited to see how things turn out tomorrow.”

Junior Sean Green (1-0), who has been plagued by shoulder injuries in the last two years, earned his first win since 2009 after allowing two unearned runs on three hits while striking out two in two innings of relief. Mollica got the no-decision after allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Anderson got the save after allowing only one run on two hits in two innings of work.

William Prince (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing a run on one hit with a walk in his relief appearance.

Along with Howick, sophomore Daniel Gulbransen went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Junior first baseman Kevin Lehane finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI while freshman second baseman Chris Moye went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in his collegiate debut.

Thomas Pope led the Seahawks by going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Michael Bass went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

JU took a 1-0 lead in the first when Gulbransen drove in freshman third baseman Taylor Ratiff with a double to center. The Dolphins would increase the margin to 3-0 in the second when Moye hit a two-run triple down the right-field line with two outs.

The Seahawks evened the score, 3-3, in the fifth when Bass hit an RBI double and Pope belted a two-run homer to left.

The Dolphins made it 4-3 in the sixth when Howick led off the inning with a solo shot to left center. JU increased the margin to 7-3 in the seventh when Lehane hit a two-run homer to left and Howick followed with a solo shot to left.

The Seahawks would cut the margin to 7-5 in the seventh when two runs scored on a throwing error by the Dolphins. UNCW added another run in the eighth when Alex Hill drew a bases loaded walk but Anderson would end the game by striking out Bass and getting Pope to fly out to left.

The Dolphins and Eagles will conclude the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. The contest can be followed by livestats and radio broadcast by logging onto