May 10, 2008
DALLAS, Texas - Sophomore first baseman Alex Martinez put a much needed spark in the Dolphin offense with a go-ahead two-run home run while sophomore Carson Andrew notched his first save to lead the JU baseball team to a 5-4 win over Dallas Baptist, Saturday afternoon in Game One of a doubleheader at Patriot Field.
JU (26-25), which also got a strong pitching performance from senior Matt Dobbins, won its second game this week by two runs or less after going 0-7 to start the season.
DBU (32-16) held an early 2-0 lead but left a game-high nine runners on base in the contest.
Dobbins (5-5) notched the win after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work. Andrew closed things out with two innings of perfect relief to collect his first career save.
"Matt did a good job of keeping things close but we finally got the big hit today," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Alex put us ahead and it became contagious from there on out. We needed every run we got until Carson put things away."
Victor Black (1-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Four Dolphins finished with multiple hits on the day including senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira, junior left fielder Kyle Fleming, junior right fielder Thomas Myers and sophomore second baseman Tony Bernazard.
Evan Bigley and Nick Santos each finished with multiple hits to lead the DBU.
The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Nick Santos hit an RBI single with one out.
DBU increased the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Evan Bigley hit a solo home run to left field with one out.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 2-1 in the top of the fifth when Fleming hit an RBI single.
With one out, Bernazard drew a walk and then advanced to third on a double down the left-field line by Ferreira. In the next at-bat, Fleming laced a single to left center to score Bernazard but was gunned down at second after Ferreira was thrown out at the plate.
The Patriots threatened with the bases loaded an only one out in the bottom of the fifth but Dobbins got Brandon Bantz to pop to second and Ryan Thompson to strike out swinging to end the inning.
JU took a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth when Martinez hit a two-run homer and freshman third baseman Jamaal Hawkins hit an RBI double.
Junior designated hitter Jeremy Gillan led off the inning with a walk before Martinez followed with a lined shot over the right-center wall on the first pitch. With one out, Myers drew a walk and then advanced to second on a failed pick-off attempt by Austin Knight after a line out by senior shortstop Matt Lopez. With two outs, Hawkins crushed a ball into right center to plate Myers.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 5-2 in the top of the seventh when Gillan hit an RBI double.
Ferreira led off the inning with a single to center and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Fleming. In the next at-bat, Gillan hit a shot over the head of Bigley in left center to plate Ferreira.
The Patriots cut the margin to 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Santos hit an RBI double and Ryan Enos hit an RBI single.
JU will conclude its three-game set with Dallas Baptist with Game Two of a doubleheader. The game can be followed on GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.