April 12, 2008
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - The bats went silent for the Dolphins in the second frame as the JU baseball team dropped a 3-1 contest to Campbell, Friday evening in Game Two of a doubleheader at Taylor Field.
JU (20-14, 11-9) finished with five hits and left six runners on base while striking out 10 times.
CU (13-22, 7-13) earned the split by plating all three runs in the third inning, including a two-run double with two outs.
"It's not the result that we want but we put ourselves in position to win a series on the road," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We need to shake off this game and refocus for game three. Our goal is to win a series on the road and we have an opportunity to do that tomorrow."
Freshman Matt Loosen (4-1) was tagged with the loss in his first collegiate start after allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Sophomore Carson Andrew added 2.2 innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts.
Justin Lilly (3-2) earned the complete game victory after allowing only one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts.
Junior first baseman Jeremy Gillan led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-3.
Carlton Floyd was one of five players to record a hit for the Camels but it was the biggest of the night with a two-run double.
The Camels took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Ryan Hamme hit an RBI single up the middle and Carlton Floyd hit a two-run double down the left-field line.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 3-1 in the top of the fourth when junior catcher Brad Simmons hit a sacrifice fly.
With one out junior Jeremy Gillan hit a single up the middle and then moved to second when senior designated hitter Matt Dobbins was hit by a pitch. After junior right fielder Thomas Myers pulled a single through the left side to load the bases, Simmons hit a high drive to right to plate Gillan.
CU threatened with runners on second and third with only one out in the bottom of the fourth but Loosen struck out John Watlington and Zach Johnson swinging in consecutive at-bats to end the inning.
The Camels threatened once again with runners on second and third with one out, this time in the bottom of the sixth, but Andrew entered the contest and got Graham Fronk to strike out swinging and Watlington to ground out to short to end the inning.
CU had a runner on second with one out in the bottom of the seventh but Myers gunned down Zach Johnson at the plate after a single through the right side by Ellis Lowe and then Floyd grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
JU and Campbell will complete their three-game set on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game can be followed on GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.