Baseball rallies for 10-7 win over FGCU in series opener
Freshman Taylor Ratliff led the Dolphin offense by going 4-for-5.
Freshman Taylor Ratliff led the Dolphin offense by going 4-for-5.
Freshman Zach Houck
Freshman Zach Houck
Despite an hour and a half delay due to lighting in the area, the Dolphins conjured up another eighth inning rally while freshman Chris Anderson notched his eighth save to lead the JU baseball team to a 10-7 win over FGCU, Friday evening at Swanson Stadium.

JU (25-15, 15-7) trailed throughout the contest until scoring five runs in the eighth. FGCU (21-21, 10-9) didn’t help its case by committing four errors, which led to five unearned runs, while leaving a game-high 14 runners on base.

“Every series is critical from here on out so tonight was big for us,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We did a great job of battling all night even with the big delay we had before the game even started. It was also good to have Steve Eagerton back on the mound for us.”

Freshman Zach Houck (1-0) earned his first collegiate win after hurling 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Anderson added to his save tally by registering two inning of scoreless relief. Junior Steve Eagerton earned a no-decision in his first start since April 8 after allowing seven runs on nine hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

Jason Forjet (1-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Austin Gaines also got the no-decision after allowing five runs on eight hits with three walk and three strikeouts in five innings.

Freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff led the Dolphins by going 4-for-5 while junior shortstop Jimmy Howick went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker (double, two RBI) and junior third baseman Kevin Lehane (RBI) also finished with multiple hits. Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen extended his career-best hitting streak to 23 games with a triple in the fifth.

Zach Maxfield led the Eagles by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI while Mikel Alvarez went 3-for-6 with two RBI.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first when Maxfield hit an RBI double into the left field corner. FGCU still threatened with runners on second and third with only one out but Eagerton struck out Mike Reeves and Javi Sojo to end the inning.

FGCU made it 2-0 in the third when Mike Reeves hit a sacrifice fly to center. The Eagles still threatened with runners on first and second but Eagerton got Sojo to strike out looking for the second straight time to end the inning.

JU cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth when Howick hit an RBI single to left.

FGCU made it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Mikel Alvarez hit an RBI single up the middle with two outs.

The Dolphins took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Gulbransen hit a two-run triple down the first-base line and sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker hit a sacrifice fly to right.

The Eagles answered right back in the bottom of the frame by scoring four runs on three hits to take a 7-4 advantage. JU cut the margin to 7-5 in the sixth when senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo drove in a run with a grounder to second.

The Dolphins took a 10-7 lead in the eighth when a run scored on a throwing error by third baseman Brandon Bednar, Perozo hit an RBI single to right, a runs scored on a dropped pop by Bednar, an RBI single up the middle by Walker and an RBI single to center by Lehane.

The Dolphins and Eagles will continue its series on Saturday at 4 p.m. Be sure to check out for game day outlets.