FRIDAY, MARCH 02, 2012
Baseball outlasts Florida A&M, 11-10
Junior Dan Gulbransen had two key doubles for JU. Play Video
Junior Dan Gulbransen had two key doubles for JU.
The JU baseball team rallied from two deficits to down Florida A&M, 11-10, on Friday night at John Sessions Stadium.

The Dolphins lost a three-run lead and one-run advantage in the ninth, but a walk-off RBI single from freshman Alex McRae helped finally secure the comeback win. The Rattlers (1-9), who led 7-3 in the fifth, used 23 players in the contest.

Sophomore Chris Anderson drove in four RBI to pace the Dolphins. Junior Dan Gulbransen went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI, while junior Ethan Loosen had multiple hits.

“It’s a win and we will take it,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We let the lead get away from us, but our guys keep fighting and were able to come away with the victory. We can definitely build some momentum off of this game.”

Sophomore Jimmy Appleby (1-0) stranded two runners on base in the ninth to get the win for JU. FAMU reliever Christopher Priestly took the loss, allowing a run on two hits in an inning of work.

Trailing 9-7 to start the eighth inning, sophomore Zachary Houck led off with a walk for the Dolphins. McRae followed with a walk, while Gulbransen added a double to left field in the next at-bat to plate Houck. FAMU’s Cory Franklin uncorked consecutive wild pitches to allow McRae and Gulbransen to score the 10-9 advantage.

Dylan West opened the Rattlers’ ninth inning with a double off of junior Drew Woods. The Dolphins went to Appleby and allowed consecutive hits that plated West to tie the game. Appleby retired the next three batters to quash the threat.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Loosen led off with a single to right field and moved to second on a catcher’s indifference. Houck reached on an error before both runners used a double steal to move into scoring position. McRae sent a hit back up the middle to score Loosen for the game-winning run.

West finished with four hits for the Rattlers offense. Scot Sheplak and Aaron Smith each recorded two RBI.

The Rattlers took a 7-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning with the help of two-run hits in consecutive innings from Daniel Lee, Jr. and Smith.

Anderson cut the deficit to 7-5 in the JU fifth with a home run to left field, while a two-out, two-run double from Gulbransen tied the contest at seven in the sixth inning.

In the seventh inning, Sheplack led off with a walk from junior Corben Madden. After a strikeout, a walk and a single loaded the bases for FAMU. Madden was lifted for Woods, who struck out Lee, Jr. Tyler Lawson followed with a two-strike single for a run and John Scott was hit by a pitch to give the Rattlers a 9-7 lead.

The Dolphins and Rattlers finish their two-set tomorrow at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.