WEDNESDAY, APRIL 06, 2011
Baseball falls to USF, 9-4
The struggles during mid-week contests continue for the Dolphins despite junior designated hitter Kevin Lehane going 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI as the JU baseball team fell to USF, 9-4, Wednesday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (17-12) fell to 1-6 during mid-week action after recording only one extra base hit and leaving eight runners on base while the pitching staff issued nine walks.
USF (13-15) pulled even in the all-time series with the Dolphins (51-51) after registering a game-high 13 hits, including three home runs.
“I was disappointed in our effort today,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We have a good ball club but the hardest part is getting us to realize it. We are at a crossroads right now and we need to figure out what our identity is.”
Senior Brian Gilroy (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 1.2 innings. Junior Clay Kollenbaum and freshmen Zac Houck and Chris Anderson each ended the game with a scoreless inning of relief.
Zach Pietrzyk (2-1) got the win after hurling 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Along with Lehane, sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker finished 2-for-4 while sophomore Dan Gulbransen drove in two runs.
Jimmy Falla led the Bulls by going 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. Sam Mende finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while Jonathan Koscso went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI.
The Bulls took a 2-0 lead in the first when Mende hit a two-run shot to left field.
JU cut the margin to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame when Lehane hit an RBI single to left.
USF made it 4-1 in the second when Koscso hit an RBI double down the right field line and Mende hit an RBI single to left field.
The Bulls increased the margin to 6-1 when Falla led off the inning with a solo homer to left and Koscso hit an RBI single to right center.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom third when Lehane hit a three-run homer to left, his fifth of the season. USF made it 9-3 in the sixth when Falla hit a three-run homer to left center, his second of the contest.
The Dolphins will return to A-Sun road play this weekend against Mercer beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. The contest can be followed through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.