FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2011
Baseball holds on for 8-6 win over Belmont in series opener
After suffering losses last week by not holding leads, the Dolphins finally found a cure as senior Steve Eagerton won his sixth straight decision and senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo went 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead the JU baseball team to an 8-6 win over Belmont, Friday afternoon at Shelby Park.
JU (16-10, 6-4) held an early 5-0 lead through two innings but needed three runs in the eighth and freshman Chris Anderson’s fourth save of the season to seal the win.
BU (13-14, 3-7) finished with a game-high three home runs but also left a game-high nine runners on base, including two in the ninth.
“Things got a little hectic in the ninth but we found a way to pull it out,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We needed to give our pitching staff some breathing room and our offense was able to get those big runs in the eighth. From there, our pitchers picked us up and made sure we kept Steve’s streak going. This was a big win for us to start out the series.”
Eagerton (6-0) notched another win after allowing four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Anderson would snuff out the Bruins rally by striking out the two batters he faced in the ninth.
Chase Brookshire (1-2) was tagged with the loss despite allowing five unearned runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in seven innings.
Matt Zeblo led the Bruins by going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Dylan Craig also finished with multiple hits.
The Dolphins jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first when sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker hit an RBI single to right, Walker scored on a passed ball, junior designated hitter Kevin Lehane hit an RBI single to third and Perozo hit a two-run single off the leg of Brookshire.
The Bruins cut the margin to 5-1 in the third when Jared Breen hit a solo shot to left.
BU made it 5-2 in the fourth when Zeblo curled a home run around the left field foul pole.
The Bruins made it 5-3 in the sixth when Judah Akers drove in a run with a chop grounder to second. BU still threatened with the bases loaded and one out but Eagerton got Breen to hit into a double play to end the inning.
BU cut the deficit to 5-4 in the seventh when a run scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. The Bruins still threatened with runners on second and third with one out but junior Sean Green got Nate Woods looking and Zeblo to fly out to right to end the inning.
JU got some insurance with three runs in the eighth after an RBI single to right by Perozo and a two-run double to left center by freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff.
The Bruins made it 8-5 in the eighth when Akers hit a solo homer to left center.
BU would add another run in the ninth when Zeblo drew a bases loaded walk. The Bruins were still threatening with the bases loaded and one out but Anderson entered and struck out Tim Egerton and Akers swinging.
The Dolphins and Bruins will continue their series on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The contest can be followed through live stats or the Belmont Radio Broadcast by logging onto JUDolphins.com.