April 8, 2008
STATESBORO, Ga. - Six runs scored in the first two innings by the Eagles proved to be enough damage, despite junior Jeremy Gillan going 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, as the JU baseball team fell to Georgia Southern, 12-6, Tuesday evening at J.I. Clements Stadium.
JU (18-13), which left six runners on base, scored a run in the first inning for the 20th time in 31 games but could not keep the Eagle bats at bay.
GSU (17-14) has now won three consecutive games against the Dolphins despite leaving a game-high nine runners on base in the contest.
"Georgia Southern is going to swing the bats but you have to limit the amount of runners you allow on base," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We got ourselves in trouble by allowing too many free passes. We also had some opportunities to put pressure on them and we failed to come up with the big hit."
Freshman Sean Green (1-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Freshman Brian Gilroy logged a career-high four innings of relief to keep the Dolphins in the contest. Freshman Matt Tomshaw also added 1.2 innings of scoreless relief out of the bullpen.
Aaron Eubanks (4-1) earned the win after allowing only one run on two hits in three innings of work. Blake Nation notched his fifth save after hurling 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Griffin Benedict led the Eagle offense by going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a career-high tying five RBI.
JU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Gillan a solo shot down the left-field line for this fourth round tripper of the season and his second in consecutive games.
GSU took a 4-1 advantage in the bottom of the first when Benedict hit a two-run double down the left-field line and David Richardson dropped a two-run single into left with two outs.
The Eagles increased the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the second when Benedict hit an RBI single and Phillip Porter scored from third on a balk.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 6-3 in the top of the fourth when Maier crushed a two-run homer. Gillan led off the inning with a single to center and then Maier clubbed his third dinger of the season to center field on a 3-1 count.
JU cut it to 6-4 in the top of the fifth when Shehan dropped a fly to right field to allow Gillan to score from second base with two outs. After Gillan drew a walk to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a groundout, Shehan tracked down a lazy fly down the right field line but the ball glanced off his glove to allow the unearned run.
GSU increased the margin to 8-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Benedict hit a two-run double to left center.
The Eagles made it 12-4 in the bottom of the eighth when Jeremiah Parker drew a bases-loaded walk, A.J. Wirneberger and Richardson hit consecutive sacrifice flies and Brian Pierce hit a two out RBI single back up the middle.
JU put up two more runs it the top of the ninth when junior left fielder Kyle Fleming drove in a run with an RBI ground out to third and Gillan hit a two out RBI single to center.
JU will next host Bethune-Cookman at 6:30 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The game can be followed on GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.