SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Baseball sweeps series with 11-4 win over Samford
Senior pitcher Chris Kaminski logged his best effort of the season and eight of nine Dolphin starters scored at least one run as the JU baseball team posted an 11-4 victory over Samford to complete a four-game series sweep, Sunday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.

JU improved to 6-2 and won its second consecutive series after taking two-of-three against UNC Wilmington in the opening weekend.

“It was a great weekend for us and I’m happy for the win but there are some things that we need to work on,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It was good for some of our guys to get their bats going and Chris got himself back into a groove. We would like to be able to close out games better than we did today.”

Kaminski (1-2), who is making the transition from closer to weekend starter, tossed 6.1 shutout innings while scattering four hits and striking out three.

Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen lined his first home run of 2011 and junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy and senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo each drove in three runs as part of the offense barrage in the non-conference matchup.

Perozo, Murphy and freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff all scored twice. The Dolphins out-scored Samford, 29-12, in the weekend sweep.

Samford came to Jacksonville undefeated but left with a 5-4 overall ledger. The Bulldogs also were charged with five errors in the series finale.

The Dolphins took advantage of Samford mistakes in the field to pull ahead, 4-0, in the second inning and utilized raw power to chase Bulldogs starter Josh Martin in the fourth.

Murphy drilled a two-run triple into the right-center gap and Gulbransen followed by lofting a high-arching shot that landed just in front of the rightfield scoreboard for an 8-0 lead. Gulbransen’s shot ended Martin’s afternoon and provided Kaminski with adequate run support to earn his first win of the new campaign.

Martin (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits in just 3.2 innings.

JU capitalized on three Samford errors in the second inning for a four-run rally. Perozo registered his first RBI of the season, doubling home sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker with an opposite-field hit to right to open the scoring.

The Dolphins then pushed across its second run thanks consecutive fielding errors by second baseman Michael Johnson to push Walker to third and then score the first baseman.

Martin appeared to escape further damage by inducing Ratliff to ground to short. But Tyler Filliben’s throw sailed into right for the Bulldogs’ third error, bringing home freshman designated hitter Zac Houck and senior catcher Alex Swenson for a 4-0 Dolphins edge with only one of those runs earned.

JU tacked on two sixth-inning insurance runs on Murphy’s RBI single up the middle. Murphy came around to score on a double play to cap JU’s scoring.

Sophomore lefty Joe Ryan pitched 1.2 of scoreless relief and senior Brian Gilroy picked up the final two outs to secure the win. Samford scratched across four ninth-inning runs.

The Dolphins will have a day off before resuming its 13-game homestand with a Tuesday contest against the College of Charlestown at 4 p.m. The contest can be followed on ASun.TV or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.