SUNDAY, MAY 06, 2012
Baseball downs ETSU in home finale, 6-3
The JU baseball team ended the home schedule on a high note with a 6-3 win against East Tennessee State Sunday in A-Sun action at John Sessions Stadium.
The Dolphins (16-33, 6-15) broke a 3-3 tie with runs in the sixth and seventh innings for the win. Senior Sean Green held the Buccaneers (21-26, 7-14) in the final three innings to secure a save in his final home appearance at John Sessions Stadium.
“This is a good way to end the weekend,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “Our guys did a good job of battling back twice today. Alex (McRae) and Sean each had good outings. We have a seven left on the road, but I know our team is ready for it.”
Freshman Alex McRae (4-6) earned the win, allowing three runs on four hits and four strikeouts in six innings. Green scattered three hits and struck out three batters in three innings.
Kerry Doane (4-4) surrendered six runs, three earned, on 10 hits and seven strikeouts in seven innings for the loss.
Senior Matt Frank went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his final home game as a Dolphin. Juniors Dan Gulbransen and Ethan Loosen also finished with two hits.
Gulbransen recorded a leadoff double in the sixth inning with the scored tied at three. After a sacrifice bunt to move to third, Gulbransen scored on a Loosen single. Loosen advanced to third on a single in the next at-bat from junior Jake Huxtable and scored on a hit by Frank to right field for the 5-3 lead.
Junior Adam Brett Walker II led off the seventh inning with a home run to left-center field for the 6-3 advantage.
Green stranded a runner at second in the eighth inning and allowed a leadoff single in the ninth. He followed it with two strikeouts and a ground out to end the game. Since April 11, Green has been one of JU’s best relievers by allowing only one earned run in 18 innings of work.
The Buccaneers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
McRae got the first two outs before allowing a double and two walks to load the bases. Zach Waters followed a two-run double down the left field line for the early advantage.
Senior Matt Frank opened the JU third inning with a double to left field. Sophomore Chris Moye tried to bunt Frank over a base but ETSU did most of JU’s work by overthrowing the third baseman and committing obstruction to allow Frank to score. Moye moved to second on the two-error play before advancing to third on a single by Jonathan Murphy. He later scored on wild pitch to tie it at two, while Murphy scored on a two-out infield single by Gulbransen.
McRae retired seven in a row before allowing double to Jordan Sanford in the fourth inning. He moved to third on fly out and scored on an Andrew Green sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Sanford and Chris Riopedre each finished with two hits for the Buccaneers.
The Dolphins will play their final non-conference game of the season Tuesday against Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla. First pitch is at 7 p.m.