TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011
Baseball drops contest to Georgia Southern
In a close contest through four innings, a seven run fifth by the Eagles would prove to be the turning point as the JU baseball team fell to Georgia Southern, 20-7, Tuesday evening at J.I. Clements Stadium.
JU (20-13) had its three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 1-7 during mid-week contests while GS (20-13) earned a split in the season series.
“There isn’t much to say because the scoreboard tells the story,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We have to forget about this outcome and be ready to play some important conference games this weekend.”
Freshman Adam Maxon (2-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts in two innings.
Chris Beck (0-5) got the win after allowing only two runs (one earned) on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts in two innings.
Senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.
Tom Richardson led the Eagles by going 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI.
The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the first when sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker hit an RBI single up the middle with two outs.
The Eagles took a 3-1 advantage in the bottom of the first when Victor Roache hit a two-run double into the left field corner and Tom Richardson dropped an RBI single into left.
JU cut the margin to 3-2 in the second when Perozo hit an RBI single into right center with two outs.
The Eagles broke things open in the fifth with seven runs on six hits, including two home runs. GS added another run in the sixth when Garren Palmer hit an RBI single up the middle.
JU would make things interesting in the seventh when Perozo hit a two-run homer to right center, sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen hit a solo shot to right and Walker followed with a solo homer down the right-field line.
The Eagles made it 17-6 in the bottom of the seventh after scoring six runs on four hits while taking advantage of three Dolphin errors. GS would end its night with three more runs in the eighth.
The Dolphins plated a run in the ninth when junior pinch hitter Jimmy Howick hit an RBI single to right.
The Dolphins will return to conference action with a three-game set against Campbell at John Sessions Stadium beginning Friday at 4 p.m. The game can be followed on ASun.TV and live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.