TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008
Baseball handles Bethune-Cookman, 13-3
April 15, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Junior left fielder Kyle Fleming went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI and junior catcher Jeremy Gillan finished 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead six Dolphins with multiple hits as the JU baseball team routed Bethune-Cookman, 13-3, in a windy Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Park.
JU (21-15), which pounded out 13 runs on 18 hits, scored in six-of-nine innings while also recording a run in the first inning in 23-of-36 games this season.
BC-U (22-14) is now 0-2 on the year against the Dolphins after leaving 11 runners on base in the contest.
"It was nice to see out bats come alive tonight," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We have another game tomorrow at Florida A&M and I'm hoping we can continue to swing the bats as we head into a big conference series against Florida Gulf Coast this weekend."
Sophomore Carson Andrew (5-2) got the win after hurling 3.2 innings of scoreless relief in which he scattered two hits and struck out five. Freshman Steve Eagerton also added two innings of scoreless relief with five strikeouts. Freshman Matt Tomshaw earned the no-decision in his first career start after allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
Samuel Rodriguez (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
Along with Fleming and Gillan, senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira, junior right fielder Thomas Myers, sophomore first baseman Alex Martinez and sophomore second baseman Chuck Opachich finished with multiple hits.
Jose Lozada led the Wildcat offense by finishing 3-for-3 with a triple.
The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when junior designated hitter Dan Maier hit a sacrifice fly.
Ferreira led off the game with a single to center and then moved to second on a bunt single to first by Fleming. After Ferreira moved to third on a fly to right field by Gillan, Maier followed with a fly to left to score Ferreira.
The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first when Osvaldo Torres hit a two-run double to left center with no outs. BC-U still threatened with runners on second and third with no outs but Tomshaw struck out Neal Jones (swinging) and Emmanuel Castro (looking) before getting Jeremy Ruperto to foul out to right to end the inning.
JU recaptured the lead, 4-2, in the top of the second when Opachich hit an RBI double, Fleming hit an RBI single and Gillan hit an RBI single.
Martinez led off the inning with a single to center and then scored on a double down the left-field line by Opachich with one out. After freshman Glen Johnson drew a walk, Fleming pushed a single through the left side with two outs to score Opachich. Gillan followed with a bloop single to right to score Johnson.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 5-2 in the top of the third when Opachich hit an RBI double with two outs.
With two outs, senior shortstop Matt Lopez hit a double to right center and then scored when Opachich followed with a double to right center.
The Wildcats cut the contest to 5-3 in the bottom of the third when Jones hit an RBI single to short. B-CU still threatened with the bases loaded and one out but Andrew entered the contest and struck out Drew Clark looking and got Aaron Patterson to ground out to second to end the inning.
JU increased the lead to 6-3 in the top of the sixth when Gillan hit an RBI with two outs. Johnson led off the inning with a base hit to short and then stole second. With two outs, Gillan pulled the first pitch through the left side to score Johnson.
The Dolphins made it 11-3 in the top of the seventh when Myers scored on a throwing error, Martinez scored on a wild pitch, Fleming hit a two-run double and Gillan hit an RBI single.
Myers led off the inning with a single to the left side and then scored when Castro's throw from third went into right field on a grounder by Martinez. After Lopez drew a walk and Ferreira reached on infield single to short, Martinez scored from third on a wild pitch by reliever Christopher Chapman. In the next at-bat, Fleming cleared the bases with a slash down the left-field line before Gillan followed with a single back up the middle to score Fleming.
JU made it 13-3 in the top of the ninth when freshman catcher Alex Swenson hit a two-run single to left. Johnson reached on an error by Torres at first and then advanced to second when freshman left fielder Chris Connelly drew a walk. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Swenson cleared the bases with a single to left.
JU will return to the road on Wednesday at 3 p.m. as the Dolphins take on Florida A&M. The game can be followed on GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.