Wildcats beat Dolphins 5-3 in Tuesday night action
Ethan Loosen
Ethan Loosen
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Bethune Cookman Wildcats (20-17) defeated the JU Dolphins (11-22) by a score of 5-3 at John Sessions Stadium.

The Wildcats jumped on the board early with a pair of runs off of JU starting pitcher Wes Torrez (Naperville, Ill./Johnson County CC). Bethune Cookman scored two runs in the top half of the first on three hits to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

The Dolphins answered back in the bottom of the first. Dylan Dillard (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola) led off with a single and then stole second. Jake Huxtable (Winter Springs, Fla./Santa Fe College) followed with a walk and Nathan Koslowski (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) reached on an infield single. Dillard then scored on an RBI groundout by Alex McRae (West Allis, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) to make it 2-1.

The Wildcats would answer with three runs in the top of the third on three hits. The Dolphins limited the damage when left fielder Dillard retired a runner at the plate to end the inning to keep the score at 5-1.

The Dolphins would add a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. Pinch hitter Josh Baker (Sussex, Wis./University School) led off with a walk. Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla./College of Central Florida) then walked. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch. Ethan Loosen (Uniondale, N.Y./FSCJ) singled to center scoring both Dolphins and making it 5-3.

That is as close as it would get. Wes Torrez (1-2) pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing five runs on five hits in being handed his second loss of the year.

The Dolphins will be back in Atlantic Sun action Friday night from Kennesaw State University. You can follow all of the action live at www.judolphins.com.