SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011
Baseball takes series with 9-1 win over UNCW
It may have taken a while, but the Dolphin offense came alive in the final frame while an old hand and a freshman took care of things on the mound to lead the JU baseball team to 9-1 victory and a series win over UNC-Wilmington, Sunday afternoon at Brooks Field.
JU (2-1) broke a 1-1 tie with UNCW (1-2) by scoring eight runs on six hits in the ninth after registering only three hits in the previous eight innings.
Freshman Adam Maxon (1-0) got the win after hurling three innings of shutout relief with only one hit allowed, a walk and two strikeouts. Junior Steve Eagerton, who has missed most of the last two seasons with elbow injuries, got the no-decision despite allowing only one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings of work.
“This was a great way to end the weekend after the rude awakening we got on Friday,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Eagerton and Maxon each gave us a great performance to keep it close and our offense finally picked them up in the ninth. Now we will get another early test against a very good Florida State squad on Tuesday.”
Andrew Harnage (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings of relief. Daniel Cropper also earned a no-decision despite allowing only one run on three hits with a walk and 12 strikeouts in seven innings.
Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy led the Dolphins by going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Junior shortstop Jimmy Howick also finished with multiple hits and an RBI while sophomore right fielder Adam Brett Walker connected on his first home run of the season.
Cameron Cockman led the Seahawks by going 2-for-4.
JU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Murphy hit a solo homer to right center.
UNCW evened the contest in the bottom of the frame when Andrew Cain drove in a run with a ground out to third.
The Dolphins took the lead for good in the ninth when JU plated eight runs on six hits starting when Walker led off the inning with a solo homer to right.
JU will next travel to No. 10 Florida State on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast statewide on FSFlorida or you can follow livestats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.