WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011
Baseball can’t hold on in 7-6 loss to Bethune-Cookman
The Dolphins looked poised to end their five-game road trip with a win but the Wildcats had other plans as the JU baseball team fell to Bethune-Cookman, 7-6, Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Park.
JU (13-8) fell to 0-5 in games played during the week after failing to hold on to a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
B-CU (11-13), which had its heart broken with a 7-6 loss in the ninth at Stetson the night before, scored two runs in the seventh and two in the ninth – winning the game on a walk-off single by Emmanuel Castro.
“When you walk eight times and get 12 hits with only six runs, there is something wrong,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Even though we scored only six runs, we still had a lead to preserve and we weren’t able to do it. Bethune is a scrappy team that plays hard and they took one away from us.”
Freshman Adam Maxon (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and a strikeout in two innings. Senior Brian Gilroy and junior Sean Green kept the Dolphins primed for the win by combining for four innings of scoreless relief. Freshman Chris Anderson got the no-decision after allowing three runs on four hits with two strikeouts in two innings.
Joey Munoz (1-0) got the win after allowing only three hits and striking out four in 2.2 innings of relief. Rayan Gonzalez also got the no-decision after allowing no runs on two hits with five walks and three strikeouts in two innings.
Senior right fielder Chris Connelly led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-4 while freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff, junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy and senior catcher Alex Swenson each finished with multiple hits.
Castro led the Wildcats by going 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
The Wildcats took an early 3-0 lead in the first when Peter O’Brien hit an RBI single through the left side and Castro hit a two-run double to left center. The ball hit off of Castro’s bat appeared to hit the chain link fence beyond the wall to make it a Grand Slam, but the ruling on the field was a ground-rule double.
The Dolphins evened the contest in the fourth when Ratliff hit a sacrifice fly to center and sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker hit a two-run single to right center with two outs.
B-CU threatened in the fifth with runners on first and third with one out but Green got Castro to hit into an inning ending double-play.
JU took a 5-3 lead in the sixth when sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen hit a two-run double off the right-field wall.
The Dolphins increased the margin to 6-3 in the seventh when Murphy pulled an RBI single through the left side with two outs.
The Wildcats cut the deficit to 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh when Ryan Durrence hit a two-run double to right field. B-CU still threatened with a runner on third with two outs but Maxon entered the contest and got Castro swinging to end the inning.
B-CU would tie the score in the ninth when Alejandro Sanchez hit an RBI single through the right side before Castro’s dramatics.
The Dolphins will return to A-Sun play this weekend in the friendly confines of John Sessions Stadium against Lipscomb, beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all the action or fans can follow ASun.TV or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.