SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012
Baseball swept in doubleheader at Lipscomb
Junior Adam Brett Walker II
Junior Adam Brett Walker II
Lipscomb used clutch hitting to sweep the JU baseball team, 6-1, & 6-2, in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader Saturday at Ken Dugan Field.

The Bisons (25-26, 14-10) scored nine of their 12 runs between the two contests with two outs to secure the series. With the losses, the Dolphins (17-36, 6-18 A-Sun) are out of the running for an A-Sun Tournament berth.

“We didn’t have it today,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We had some trouble finishing innings and they made us pay for it. Our focus turns to North Florida as we work on ending the season on a high note.”

Juniors Adam Brett Walker II, Jake Huxtable and Ethan Loosen each had the RBI hits for the Dolphins. Walker II smashed his 40th career homer in game one which puts him three shy of Chad Olivia’s program record of 43.

Lipscomb starter Chris Nunn (1-2) scattered seven hits and fanned three in 5.2 innings for the game one win. Josh Cotham (5-4) went the distance in game two, surrendering two runs on eight hits and nine strikeouts.

Junior Drew Woods (0-4) was tagged with the first loss, allowing three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings. Freshman Alex McRae (4-7) allowed five runs on eight hits and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings for the game two loss.

In game one, Walker II gave the Dolphins a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a home run to right field.

Senior Matt Frank picked off a runner in the second inning to give JU its second out. The Bisons drew a walk and recorded a single, but Woods induced a fly out to work out of the jam.

Gray Hutchinson led off the Lipscomb fifth inning with a single to left field. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a ground out. Woods lost leadoff hitter Shawn Mehring on a 3-2 count which Lipscomb took advantage. Hutchinson scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat, while ML Williams doubled home Mehring for the 2-1 lead. Williams scored in the next at-bat on a Zak Messer single to cap the inning.

The Bisons took a 5-1 advantage in the seventh inning on a two-out, two-run double by Griffin Moore. Mehring singled home a run in the eighth inning for the Bisons.

Bruins reliever Tyler Burnstrom held the Dolphins to a hit in the final 3.1 innings to secure his third save of the season.

With the contest scoreless in game two, sophomore Zachary Houck led off the JU sixth inning with a single and stole second. Cotham stranded Houck at second by striking out two of the next three batters to squash the threat.

Messer broke the tie in the bottom of the inning with leadoff homer to left field.

In the seventh inning, Hutchinson opened with a double and moved to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on a ground out before scoring on a Lee Wilson sacrifice fly. Hutchinson hit a three-run home run to cap a four-run eighth inning for a 6-0 lead.

The Dolphins had three straight one-out singles in the ninth inning. Huxtable followed with a single to right field to put JU on the board. Loosen scored a run with a fielder’s choice hit in the next at-bat, but Cotham induced a fly out to end the game.

The Dolphins wrap the 2012 season with the three-game series against cross-town rival North Florida starting Thursday at Harmon Stadium.