MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
Chris Anderson named A-Sun “Pitcher of the Week”
Freshman closer Chris Anderson literally had a hand in every win for the JU baseball team in its three-game sweep over Mercer en route to Atlantic Sun Conference “Pitcher of the Week” accolades.
For the weekend, Anderson saved games one and two before earning the win in extra innings in the series finale with the Bears at Claude Smith Field.
“All you have to do is look at the stats to realize how important Chris was for us this weekend,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “He came to us as a starter but we needed him to close for us to start the year. At this point, he has embraced the role and has really made it his own. He plays with a lot of energy and it’s contagious for our team. We are going to need a lot more out of him as we head into the final leg of the season.”
In game one, Anderson entered the contest with JU holding a 7-6 lead in the ninth, runners on first and second and with one out. From there, he proceeded to force two fly outs to end the game and notch the save. In game two, Anderson took over in the ninth with a 9-6 lead and tallied his second save with a flawless final inning.
In the finale, the Minnesota native did his best work of all to ensure the sweep. Entering the eighth inning with runners on first and third with no outs, Anderson allowed a base hit to the first runner but kept JU within one run by striking out the next two batters (swinging) before getting a ground out to first. In the ninth with the Dolphins and Bears tied, a lead-off double and an error put a runner on third but Anderson kept a zero on the scoreboard by striking out the next three batters to end the inning. With the lead in the 10th, he recorded the first out with a pop to short before a double to left center. At that point, Anderson shut the door by getting consecutive fly outs to center to end the game.
For the week, Anderson went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves while allowing only three hits and striking out seven in 5.2 innings of relief.
The Dolphins (20-12, 10-5) will return to non-conference action on Tuesday as they travel to Georgia Southern at 6 p.m. The game can be followed through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.