WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011
Tomshaw’s complete game gives baseball a 2-1 win over #5 ETSU
Senior Matthew Tomshaw has been a road warrior all season and today was no exception as the southpaw hurled his second complete game of the season to lead the JU baseball team to a 2-1 win over No. 5 ETSU, Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at Dugan Field.
No. 2 JU (35-20) will advance to face the winner of No. 3 Kennesaw State/No. 4 Mercer on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. No. 5 ETSU (36-20) will face No. 1 Stetson in an elimination game on Thursday at Noon ET. No. 6 Belmont defeated the Hatters, 15-3, to open the tournament.
“This was a big win on a lot of levels,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Matthew has been a gamer for us all year long and we had no problem letting him go all the way. Not only did we get the win but he allowed us to save our bullpen, which is the best scenario you could ever ask for in tournament play. We’ll enjoy this one for a little bit before we make our way back to the park tomorrow.”
Tomshaw (8-3), who hurled his first career shutout at FGCU on May 1, ran his road record to 6-0 away from John Sessions Stadium in 2011 by allowing only one unearned run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. John Long (6-6) was tagged with the loss despite allowing only two runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in six innings.
Senior catcher Alex Swenson went 2-for-4 while sophomore Dan Gulbransen tallied the only extra-base hit with a two-run double in the fifth.
Matthew Scruggs led the Bucs by going 2-for-4, one of only four ETSU players to tally a hit in the game.
The Bucs took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when a run scored from third on a fielding error by the Dolphins with two outs.
The Dolphins answered back with two runs in the bottom of the third when Gulbransen hit a two-run double to left center with two outs. Swenson led off the inning with a single to left and then advanced to second on a bunt single to the mound by senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo. After a pop out on a bunt and a comebacker to the mound kept both runners at first and second, Gulbransen battled through seven foul balls before lining a fastball into the left-center gap.
The Bucs looked to tie the contest in the top of the eighth with runners on first and second with two outs but Tomshaw got Derek Trent to fly out to center to end the inning.