Baseball splits doubleheader against Northeastern
Junior Adam Brett Walker II drives in two of JU's five runs.
Junior Adam Brett Walker II drives in two of JU's five runs.
Pitching was the theme on Saturday as the JU baseball team split a doubleheader against Northeastern at John Sessions Stadium.

The Dolphins (2-5) secured a 4-1 game one win on freshman Alex McRae’s solid outing. McRae (1-0) allowed an unearned run on nine hits and three strikeouts in eight innings.

Kevin Ferguson (1-0) matched McRae with eight innings in game two, while surrendering a run on four hits and six strikeouts to help the Huskies (1-2) earn an 8-1 win.

“Alex did a great job for us in the first game,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “He put together another solid outing and the offense was able to get some early runs for him. We couldn’t carry the offensive momentum into game two. Overall, we still are having trouble playing consistently the entire contest, but it’s still early, and we will make the necessary adjustments.”

Sophomore Chris Anderson led the Dolphins offensively with three hits in two games. Sophomore Taylor Ratliff had a hit in each game, while junior Adam Brett Walker II finished with two RBI in the doubleheader.

Northeastern catcher John Puttress finished with multiple hits each game (2-4 G1; 3-4, R G2). Tucker Roeder went 2-for-5 with three RBI in the second game, while Aaron Barbosa had three hits on the day.

In game one, Ratliff walked to start the first inning and stole second. After a one-out walk to Walker II, Anderson plated Ratliff with a single to right field for the 1-0 advantage. Senior Jonathan Murphy followed with a double to right field, scoring Walker II and Anderson for the 3-0 lead.

The Dolphins pushed to 4-0 in the fourth inning on an RBI sacrifice fly from Walker II.

With one out in the fifth inning, Matt Miller walked for the Huskies. He advanced to second on an errant picked off throw, while Rob Fonseca moved him to third on a single. McRae buckled down and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

The Huskies added a run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly before getting runners on the corners with one out in the eighth inning. McRae quashed the threat with consecutive fly outs to wrap his day. Junior Drew Woods pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the JU’s first save in 2012.

Northeastern starter Dylan Maki (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on five hits, four strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Sean Lyons tossed two scoreless relief innings for the Huskies.

In game two, the Huskies took a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Barbosa led off with a triple to right-center field and scored in the next at-bat on a sacrifice fly by Michael Foster. JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Sean Green allowed two walks and an infield single to load the bases. Roeder followed with a ground out to score a run, while the Huskies plated another run on a JU error to round out the inning.

Ratliff scored in the bottom of the inning for the Dolphins on a Walker II groundout.

With one out in the fourth inning, Connor Lyons was hit by Green and moved to second in the next at-bat on a Barbosa ground out. Foster doubled to right field to score Lyons. Two wild pitches helped Foster score and give the Huskies a 5-1 lead.

The Huskies opened the seventh inning with a walk, single and an error to load the bases. Roeder followed with a two-run double to right field to give the Huskies a commanding 7-1 lead.

Northeastern scored run in the ninth, while Ferguson and Foster combined to retire the final 10 JU batters to secure the win.

Green (0-1) allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits in three innings for JU. Freshman Nolan Peterson gave up two runs in two relief innings, while sophomore Adam Maxon allowed the run in the ninth inning. Freshmen Jeff Tanner (0.2) and RC Williams (0.1) and junior Joe Ryan (1.0) each had a scoreless relief outing.

The Dolphins continue their home stand on Tuesday against College of Charleston at 4 p.m.