April 12, 2008
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - After leading 2-0 before the rains fell in Buies Creek, the Dolphins were outscored 8-2 for the remainder of the contest as the JU baseball team fell to Campbell, 8-4, Saturday afternoon in the series finale at Taylor Field. The contest was delayed three hours and 50 minutes in the bottom of the third before the contest resumed at 6 p.m.
JU (20-15, 11-10), which left a game-high 10 runners on base, continues to be snake bit at Taylor Field as the Dolphins have not won a series at Campbell since 2000.
CU (14-22, 8-13), which won its second A-Sun series, kept its hold on the final spot in the conference tournament after pounding out eight runs on 11 hits.
"We had the momentum going into the delay but Campbell made more things happen when we got back on the field," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Delays are a part of baseball and both teams have to regroup and start back up again. Obviously I'm not happy with the results but we have to find a way to overcome adversity because we still have more tough games ahead in conference play."
Brandon Scott (2-2) earned the win after hurling 4.1 innings of scoreless relief while also allowing only two hits while striking out seven batters.
Senior Matt Davis (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in 2.2 innings of relief.
Junior first baseman Jeremy Gillan led the Dolphins offensively by going 2-for-5.
Scott helped his cause at the plate as well by going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI to lead the Camel offense.
Freshman third baseman Jamaal Hawkins was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior left fielder Kyle Fleming. After advancing to third on a grounder to second by senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira, Opachich beat out a single to short to plate Hawkins. After junior first baseman Jeremy Gillan put Opachich on third with a single to right center, Maier hit a single off of the glove Zach Johnson in the hole to score Opachich.
After a 3 hour and 50 minute rain delay, the Camels took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third when Brandon Scott laced a three-run double down the left field line with two outs.
JU evened the contest in the top of the fourth when junior catcher Brad Simmons hit a solo home run to center to lead off the inning. For Simmons, it was his first home run of 2008.
CU took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Hamme hit an RBI double to right center with two outs.
The Dolphins evened things up in the top of the fifth when Hawkins hit an RBI single to short with two outs.
Gillan led off the inning with a single to right and then advanced to second on a grounder to second by Maier. After Simmons was hit by a pitch and senior shortstop Matt Lopez drew a walk to load the bases, Hawkins pulled a ball into the hole to score Gillan.
The Camels recaptured the lead, 6-4, in the bottom of the fifth when Stephen Parson poked a two-run double down the right-field line.
CU increased the margin to 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Parson drove in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt and John Watlington hit an RBI single to right.
JU will return to the road on Tuesday at 6 p.m. as the Dolphins take on Bethune-Cookman at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The game can be followed on GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.