THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011
Baseball drops series opener to Kennesaw State, 10-8
Everything was going according to plan through five and a half innings as the Dolphins held a 5-0 lead but nine unanswered runs quickly changed all that as the JU baseball team fell to Kennesaw State, 10-8, Thursday evening at Stillwell Stadium.
JU (33-19, 18-10), which had its four-game winning streak snapped, scored three runs in the eighth to cut the margin to one but KSU (31-22, 17-10) would add an insurance run in the bottom of the frame.
“We obviously let this one get away from us,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Everything was going great but they strung some hits together, we made a defensive mistake and then it snowballed. We knew this wasn’t going to be an easy series and now we have our work cut if we want to win this series.”
Freshman Adam Maxon (2-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing a run on three hits with a walk in 0.2 innings of relief. Junior Steve Eagerton got the no-decision after allowing five runs (one earned) on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts in six innings.
Catlan Kendrick (3-0) got the win despite allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in 1.1 innings. J.B. Johnson notched his eighth save by hurling 1.2 innings of perfect relief. Josh Carr also got the no-decision after allowing five runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI while senior designated hitter Chris Connelly (two RBI) and freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff each finished with multiple hits.
Ronnie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI while Aaron Dobbs also finished with three hits. Will Howard put the spark in the Owls offense by going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and five RBI.
The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the first when Gulbransen drove in a run with a ground out to second.
JU increased the margin to 2-0 when Connelly pushed an RBI single through the right side.
The Dolphins made it 5-0 in the sixth when junior shortstop Jimmy Howick hit a two-run triple and Connelly pulled an RBI single through the left side.
KSU evened the contest, 5-5, in the bottom of the sixth when Sean McKlurken hit a two-run single up the middle and Will Howard hit a three-run homer to right field.
The Owls took a 9-5 lead in the seventh when Freeman hit a solo homer to left, a run scored on a wild pitch and Howard hit a two-run double to right center.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 9-8 in the eighth when junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy hit a RBI grounder to short and Gulbransen pulled a two-run double into the left-field corner.
The Dolphins and Owls will continue their series on Friday at 6 p.m. The contest can followed on 1010XL with Joel Lamp calling all of the action or through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.