TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008
Baseball rallies for 9-4 win over Georgia Southern
May 13, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira and sophomore first baseman Alex Martinez each finished with three hits and two RBI and junior Garret Dunlap hurled three shutout innings to lead the JU baseball team to a 9-4 win over Georgia Southern, Wednesday evening at John Sessions Stadium.
JU (27-26) avoided a series sweep to the Eagles by rallying for eight unanswered runs, including five in the bottom of the sixth inning.
GSU (31-21) had its three-game winning streak snapped after allowing 14 hits while leaving nine runners on base.
"Hopefully this is a momentum builder for us," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We played well in all areas and we needed this win to give us a good feeling heading as we head into a big series against Kennesaw State."
Junior Garrett Dunlap (3-1) earned the win after hurling three innings of shutout relief in which he walked two and strike out one batter.
A.J. Gilbert (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on two hits without retiring a batter in relief.
Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double while Ferreira finished 3-for-5 with two runs. Junior right fielder Thomas Myers also finished 2-for-3 with an RBI to contribute to the Dolphin offense.
Ty Wright, Chris Shehan and A.J. Wirnsberger each finished with multiple hits to lead the Eagles.
The Dolphins took a 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Martinez hit an RBI single. Ferreira led off the inning with a single to center and then stole second base. With two outs, Martinez hit a ball through the right side to plate Ferreira.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second when Jeremy Beckham and Wright each hit an RBI single.
GSU increased the margin to 3-1 in the top of the fourth when Wirnsberger hit an RBI double down the left-field line.
JU cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when junior left fielder Kyle Fleming drew a bases loaded walk with two outs.
Martinez led off the inning with an infield single to third and then advanced to second on a single through the left side. With one out, sophomore second baseman Tony Bernazard loaded the bases with a single to right. With two outs, Fleming drew a bases loaded walk to drive in a run.
The Dolphins evened the contest in the bottom of the fifth when Martinez hit an RBI double. With one out, junior third baseman Jeremy Gillan drew a walk before Martinez crushed a drive in the left center gap to clear the bases.
JU took an 8-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Ferreira, junior catcher Brad Simmons, Gillan and junior right fielder Thomas Myers each hit an RBI single and a run scored on a wild pitch by Michael Hester.
Freshman shortstop Jamaal Hawkins led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second when Fleming reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt. Ferreira followed with a chop single over the head of first baseman Jeremiah Parker to drive in Hawkins. In the next at-bat Simmons squeezed a bunt single in between the mound and first to plate Fleming. Gillan followed with a single to center to score Ferreira and Myers dropped in a single to left center to score Simmons. With Gillan on second, Hester threw back-to-back wild pitches to allow him to score.
The Eagles threatened with runners on second and third and one out but Dunlap got Phillip Porter to line out to second and Shehan to strike out looking to end the inning.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 9-3 when Ferreira hit an RBI single with two outs. With two outs, Fleming reached on an infield single to short and then stole second. In the next at-bat, Ferreira poked a 0-2 pitch to center field to plate Fleming.
GSU added a run in the top of the ninth when Porter drove in a run with a ground out to second.
JU will conclude the 2008 regular season as the Dolphins host Kennesaw State beginning on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The contests can be followed live on ASun.TV and via GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.
The game will also be "Senior Night" and the first day of celebrating 50 years of JU baseball. All former Dolphin players will be announced during pre-game festivities and former pitcher Dan Westmoreland (1974-77) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.