SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
Baseball sweeps Campbell series with doubleheader wins
With nearly 11 hours of baseball logged in two days, the Dolphins used another rally to take Game One (16-13) before completing the sweep in Game Two (16-10) as the JU baseball team swept Campbell in a doubleheader, Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (23-13, 13-5), which moved into sole possession of second place in the A-Sun standings with the sweep, erased a six-run deficit in Game One with nine runs in the eighth before scoring in the first six innings in a route of Game Two.
CU (15-25, 2-16) had the wind taken out of its sail for the second straight game of the series by not being able to hold a lead in the final two innings.
In three games, the two teams combined for 76 runs, 98 hits and 15 errors while both pitching staffs combined for 38 walks, 11 hit batsmen and 11 wild pitches.
“I’m very happy with the outcome but we have a lot of things that we need to work on,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got a few days off to recharge before we get a full week of practice in order to prepare for Stetson. We have a very tough schedule ahead of us and this weekend has put us in pretty good position.”
In Game One, JU trailed 13-7 heading into the bottom of the eighth but the Dolphins would score nine runs on seven hits while taking advantage of two errors by the Camels. For the Dolphins, it was their second straight game to rally from behind from a large deficit – taking the first game of the series after rallying for four runs in the bottom of the ninth for an 11-10 win the night before.
Sophomore Joe Ryan (2-0) got the win after hurling 0.2 innings of shutout relief. Sophomore Tony Mollica got the no-decision after allowing six runs on three hits with six walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Logan Self (1-7) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs (three earned) on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in 0.1 innings of relief. Ryan Koopman also got the no-decision after allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts in four innings.
Senior right fielder Chris Connelly led the Dolphins by going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI. Senior catcher Alex Swenson went 3-for-4 with double and three RBI, while junior third baseman Kevin Lehane finished 3-for-5 with a home run.
Ellis Lowe led the Camels by going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
In the night cap, CU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first but JU would score 10 unanswered runs in the first three innings to fuel to sweep.
Senior Brian Gilroy (1-1) got the win after allowing five runs on 11 hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a career-best six innings. Senior Esterlin Perozo would get the final out of the game to make his first collegiate appearance on the mound. Colin Parker (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on four hits with three walks in one inning.
Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker led the Dolphins by going 4-for-5 with three doubles and a career-high seven RBI. Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen went 5-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI. Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy finished 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and an RBI while junior catcher Matt Frank had a season-high three hits.
Jimmy Brenneman led the Camels by going 4-for-6 with a double and an RBI.
The Dolphins will continue A-Sun action at John Sessions Stadium against No. 21 Stetson beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m.