Baseball falls to College of Charleston, 15-7
Freshman Adam Brett Walker
Freshman Adam Brett Walker
Senior second baseman Chuck Opachich went 3-for-4 with a double and freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker hit his first collegiate home run but the JU baseball team dropped a 15-7 contest to College of Charleston, Tuesday afternoon at John Sessions.

JU (1-3) scored a season-high seven runs on 12 hits but scored five of those runs in one inning (fourth) while committing three errors, which led to seven unearned runs.

CofC (4-0) pounded out a game-high 14 hits including six doubles and two home runs by Jose Rodriguez.

“Tonight was disappointing,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We have a lot of work to do in a lot of areas and we are going to come back and work on things tomorrow. We need to have good results this weekend to get our season going and I expect everyone to give all they have.”

Freshman Sean Kennedy (0-1) was tagged with the loss in his first start after allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits with a strikeout in 3.1 innings. Senior Brian Gilroy allowed one unearned run with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief.

Tom Schiller (1-0) got the win after allowing one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings of relief.

Along with Opachich, Walker went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI. Freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI while junior left fielder Chris Connelly went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Rodriguez led the Cougars by going 3-for-5 with two homers and a game-high five RBI while Jesse Mesa also went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI.

The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the first when Joey Bergman hit an RBI grounder to second with a runner on third and one out.

CofC made it 3-0 in the when Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to right center with two outs. The inning was extended when Matt Leeds appeared to strike out swinging but the ball rolled to the backstop and allowed Leeds to reach first base. In the next at-bat, Rodriguez hit a shot over the right center wall.

The Cougars increased the margin to 7-0 in the top of the fourth when Mesa hit an RBI double, Bergman hit an RBI double and Kolby Epley hit a two-run single.

The Dolphins cut the margin to 7-5 in the bottom of the fourth after a two-run homer by Walker, senior first baseman Alex Martinez hit an RBI double to right center, junior catcher Alex Swenson hit an RBI single and junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

CofC made it 9-5 in the top of the fifth when Mesa hit a two-run double with two outs.

The Cougars increased the margin to 10-5 in the top of the sixth when pinch-hitter Justin Brewer hit an RBI single to right.

CofC made it 14-5 in the top of the seventh after the Cougars scored four runs on only one hit while taking advantage of two Dolphin errors.

The Dolphins made it 14-6 when Gulbransen hit an RBI double to left.

The Cougars added another run in the ninth when Jamie Holler scored from second on a throwing error.

JU finished off the scoring in the bottom of the ninth when Connelly hit a bouncer over the head of Mesa at second base to score Gulbransen from second.

The Dolphins will return this weekend as JU hosts the JU Invitational at John Sessions Stadium. The first game begins on Friday at noon as Valparaiso takes on Oklahoma. JU will follow at 4 p.m. against Richmond. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.