Baseball takes Mercer series with 9-6 win
Freshman Jimmy Appleby
Freshman Jimmy Appleby
Senior Matthew Tomshaw hurled another eight innings, freshman Chris Anderson notched his second save of the series and the Dolphin offense hit three home runs to lead the JU baseball team to a 9-6 win over Mercer, Saturday evening at Claude Smith Field.

JU (19-12, 9-5) finished with a game-high 15 hits to tally its fourth A-Sun series win in 2011.

MER (22-12, 8-8) cut the contest to 6-4 with four runs in the fifth but the Dolphins answered with two runs in the sixth before adding an insurance run in the eighth.

“Matthew did another great job for us tonight and it gave us the series,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got some big hits tonight and we were able to answer when they put some pressure on us. Now we have to finish things off on Sunday because we have lost our last three on the final day.”

Tomshaw (4-2) got the win after allowing six runs on nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts in eight innings. Anderson notched his sixth save by hurling a perfect ninth.

Matt McCall (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings.

Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen led the Dolphins by going 3-for-4 with a double while junior third baseman Kevin Lehane finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker, freshman shortstop Chris Moye and senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo (home run, two RBI) also finished with multiple hits.

Derrick Workman led the Bears by going 2-for-4 while Jacob Tanis also added multiple hits.

The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the second when senior left fielder Chris Connelly hit a two-run shot to left field, his fourth of the season and his second in as many days.

JU made it 3-0 in the third when Lehane hit an RBI single to left center with two outs after an intentional walk to Walker.

The Dolphins increased the margin to 6-0 in the fifth when freshman designated hitter Jimmy Appleby hit a 3-2 pitch over the right center walk for a three-run shot, the first of his collegiate career.

The Bears cut the margin to 6-4 in the fifth when Billy Burns hit an RBI double to right center, Tanis hit an RBI single to left and Austin Barrett hit a two-run homer to left – all with two outs.

JU answered back with two runs in the sixth when Perozo hit a two-run homer down the left-field line, his second of the season.

The Dolphin added another run in the eighth when Burns dropped a drive hit by Lehane into right center, allowing Walker to score from second.

MER added two runs in the bottom of the eighth when pinch-hitter Travis Benn hit a two-run homer to right.

The Dolphins and Bears will conclude their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be followed through live stats by logging onto