Baseball sweeps double dip with Belmont to open A-Sun play
Freshman Adam Brett Walker
Freshman Adam Brett Walker
After rains delayed the series opener last night, the games were finally played and the Dolphins were certainly glad they did as the JU baseball team swept Belmont to open conference play with an 8-3 win in game one and a 12-11 victory in game two, Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (9-6, 2-0) took advantage of windy conditions as the Dolphins tallied 20 runs and 27 hits in the two games, including six home runs.

BU (10-4, 0-2) racked up 14 runs, 24 hits and four home runs of its own in the two games but has now dropped four consecutive games after winning its first 10.

“You know you are going to get a battle when you play against Belmont and today was no different,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We had some guys step up for us today and these games are always important when you get into conference weekends. I expect Belmont to give us everything they have tomorrow and we need to be ready for it.”

In the first game, JU clung to a 3-2 lead in the sixth until scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth and the eighth to pull away.

Junior Matt Loosen (1-1) got the win after allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Junior Chris Kaminski notched his third save by hurling 1.2 innings of relief.

Nate Woods (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

Freshman Adam Brett Walker led the offense by going 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. Junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Sophomore designated hitter Kevin Lehane and sophomore third baseman Jimmy Howick each finished with multiple hits.

Packy Elkins led the Bruins by going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run while Judah Akers also finished with multiple hits.

In the second game, both teams went through four lead changes and four ties until junior Esterlin Perozo tallied a walk-off pinch hit single through the right side with runners on the corners and one out.

Kaminski (2-1) could not convert the save opportunity as his inherited runner scored in the ninth but got the win after striking out consecutive batters with runners on second and third to end the inning.

Jon Ivie (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing a run on three hits with a walk in 0.1 innings of relief.

Hawkins led the Dolphins by going 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. Lehane also finished 3-for-5 while senior first baseman Alex Martinez, junior catcher Alex Swenson and Howick each finished with multiple hits.

Tim Egerton led the Bruins by going 4-for-4 with a double while Matt Zeblo finished 4-for-5 with two RBI. Dylan Craig (HR) Mark Noth and Woods also finished with multiple hits.

The Dolphins and Bruins will conclude their series on Sunday Noon at John Sessions Stadium.