FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010
Baseball falls to Stetson, 8-6, in game two
Sophomore Jonathan Murphy
Sophomore Jonathan Murphy
With only seeding on the line, the Dolphins could not hold a 6-1 lead in the fifth as the JU baseball team fell to Stetson, 8-6, Friday in game two of a doubleheader at Melching Field.

JU (25-27, 14-12) finished tied for fourth in the conference standings with UNF, but due to a tiebreaker, the Dolphins earn the No. 5 seed and will face No. 2 Mercer on Wednesday.

SU (27-29, 14-13) scored seven unanswered and had to wait for a Belmont loss to earn the No. 6 seed and face No. 1 FGCU.

“Our goal was to win the series and we did that,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “I’m proud of the way we earned our bid to the tournament and now it’s a whole new season.”

Sophomore Clay Kollenbaum (0-3) got the loss after allowing two unearned runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in 3.2 innings of relief. Senior Kyle Kriech got the no-decision despite allowing only one run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in 3.2 innings.

Kurt Schluter (3-3) got the win after allowing one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings of relief. David Burns also got the no-decision after allowing five runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work.

Sophomore left fielder Jonathan Murphy and senior first baseman Alex Martinez each finished with multiple hits to lead the Dolphins.

Sean Emory led the Hatters by finishing 3-for-5 while Schluter finished 2-for-4.

JU took a 1-0 lead in the first when Martinez hit an RBI single to left with two outs.

Stetson evened things up, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth when Aaron Crittenden drew a bases loaded walk with two outs.

The Dolphins took a 6-1 lead in the fourth when Murphy hit an RBI single to center, Martinez hit an RBI single to left and freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker hit a two-run single to right center.

Stetson evened the contest again, this time 6-6, in the bottom of the fifth when they plated five runs on four hits.

The Hatters took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Jeff Simpson hit a sacrifice fly to center.

Stetson increased the margin to 8-6 in the bottom of the seventh when a run scored from third on a Dolphin fielding error with two outs.