SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011
Baseball’s A-Sun run comes to an end with 1-0 loss to #4 Mercer
Junior Sean Green allowed only one run in a career-best seven innings but the Dolphin offense was not able to come up with the big hit with runners in scoring position as the JU baseball team were eliminated by No. 4 Mercer, 1-0, Friday evening in the third round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at Dugan Field.
The contest marked only the second time that the Dolphins were shut out in a game this season as JU was blanked by Evansville on March 8 at John Sessions Stadium.
No. 2 JU (36-22), which managed only one run in 18 innings against Mercer (39-19) in two days, will now await its future on Monday when the NCAA committee announces the field of 64 on Monday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.
“We had a chance to control our own destiny but we came up short,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Sean had a tremendous performance for us tonight but unfortunately we weren’t able to back him up offensively. Strange things happen in baseball and tonight was one of those games were you leave scratching your head. I have a good feeling we have done enough to keep playing but we won’t know for sure until Monday.”
Green (3-3) was tagged with the loss despite allowing only one run on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Senior Chris Kaminski kept the Dolphins in the contest by hurling two shutout innings.
Brandon Barker (4-0), who escaped from a bases-loaded jam in the third, earned the win by scattering six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings. JT Odom notched his eighth save by hurling 1.2 innings of shutout relief.
Junior left fielder Jonathan Murphy led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-4 while freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff tallied the squad’s only extra-base hit with a double in the seventh.
Jacob Tanis led the Bears by going 2-for-3 while Thomas Carroll provided the only run scoring hit with a two out RBI double in the first.
Mercer will next face No. 6 Belmont on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, needing two win two games to claim the conference’s at-large bid.