Baseball loses at College of Charleston
Junior Adam Brett Walker II moved into fifth all-time in doubles.
Junior Adam Brett Walker II moved into fifth all-time in doubles.
A tough luck first inning for the JU baseball team was the difference in a 16-3 loss to College of Charleston Wednesday night at Patriots Point Stadium.

The Cougars (20-6) batted around twice in the first inning to record 12 runs on 10 hits to secure the season sweep over the Dolphins (11-15) for the third consecutive season.

“We have to find a way to start better,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “Not coming out strong made the difference. We did settle down and played better. I want us to work on staying consistent in every inning for this weekend because we will need it against Belmont.”

College of Charleston reliever Derrick Smith (1-0) earned the win after a scoreless fifth inning. Griffin Jones allowed two runs on six hits in four innings for the no-decision.

Junior Corben Madden (1-2) took the loss for JU, allowing five runs on two hits in the first inning. The Dolphins relievers would retire nine of 10 Cougar hitters from the fifth to the seventh inning.

Offensively, junior Adam Brett Walker II went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for the Dolphins. His double was his 46th for his career, tying him for fifth all-time with Ralph Albano (1978-81). Senior Matt Frank finished with two hits, while junior Jake Huxtable tallied an RBI single.

All nine spots in the College of Charleston lineup finished with at least a hit and a run scored. Rob Harding paced the Cougars with four RBI.

The Cougars put the first three runners on base in the first inning. Daniel Aldrich laced a ball in the next at-bat to sophomore Chris Anderson at first base that deflected off of his glove and trickled into right field, scoring two runs. After a hit by pitch, the Dolphins had a bad case of déjà vu as another hit bounced off Anderson’s glove into right field to score two more runs. Marty Gantt later added a two-run double, while Brandon Murray capped the inning with a RBI single.

Walker II led off the second and fourth innings with hits before scoring on RBI hits from Frank and Huxtable.

College of Charleston extended its lead with the long ball as Bradley Goodson homered to start the fourth inning and Harding had a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Cougars scored one more run in the eighth inning on a fielder’s choice hit.

The Dolphins are back at home Friday to start a three-game A-Sun series against Belmont at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.