Baseball drops heartbreaker to College of Charleston, 3-2
Junior Jamaal Hawkins
Junior Jamaal Hawkins
After nearly three hours of waiting due to rain, the Dolphin pitching staff put in a stellar effort in staff mode but the JU baseball team dropped a 3-2 contest at College of Charleston, Tuesday afternoon at Patriot Point.

JU (10-7) held on to a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning but were not able to hold CofC (12-6) from scoring a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth.

“We were limited in our pitching tonight because we have a big series this weekend against UNF,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Our staff did their job to keep us in the ballgame but we need to find a way to score more runs to pick them up.”

Senior Glenn Witkowski (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits in one inning of relief. Junior Brian Gilroy got the no-decision despite allowing only one run on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

Heath Hembree (3-0) got the win after allowing striking out the side in a perfect inning of relief. Jake Zokan also got the no-decision after allowing only one run on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins led the Dolphins by going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Senior first baseman Alex Martinez also finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Rob Kral led the Cougars by going 2-for-3 with a game-high two RBI.

JU took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when junior second baseman led off the inning with a triple to right and then scored on a bunt single to third by Hawkins.

The Cougars evened things up in the fifth when Kral hit an RBI single to first with two outs.

The Dolphins took a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Martinez hit an RBI single up the middle with two outs.

CofC evened the contest, 2-2, in the bottom of the eighth when Rakar hit a sacrifice fly to right with one out. The Cougars would win the game when Kral hit a walk-off RBI double to left center with a runner on first and no outs.

The Dolphins will return to action this weekend as JU travels to cross-town rival UNF in the SunTrust River City Rumble beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. The second game of the series will be played at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 1 p.m.