Baseball Gets First Series Win of the Season Against Richmond

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Courtesy of JU Athletics

The Dolphins took back to the diamond for a three-game weekend series with the Richmond Spiders following their trip to Tallahassee to face to No. 9 ranked Florida State.

Fresh off a dominant performance a week ago that earned him Atlantic Sun pitcher of the week honors, Chris Anderson took to the hill for JU.

As it has so often, the big inning once again doomed the Dolphins. In the top half of the first, three JU errors lead to a 5-0 Richmond lead before the Dolphins even took to the batters box.

From that point on, Anderson again stole the show, retiring 15-straight Spiders batters. Despite another great performance, Anderson (0-1) took the loss, going 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 7 runs, just 2 of which were earned, and struck out 9.

Brady North lead the offense, blasting his first home run in a Dolphin uniform, on his way to racking up three runs batted in.

On Saturday, the long ball remained a theme for the Dolphins, pushing them to a 5-4 win, their second of the season.

Alex McRae took the mound for the Dolphins, holding the Spiders at bay for the first eight innings. McRae gave up 11 hits on 8 1/3 innings pitched while striking out 5. Terry Alexander then turned the ball over to Drew Woods in the ninth to get the last two outs, earning his first save of 2013.

Michael Babb led off the bottom of the first with a home run putting the Dolphins on the board.

Richmond would get a run of their own in the second and third giving them a 2-1 advantage.

Brady North then tied the game at two in the fourth with his second home run in as many days. In the fifth, Dylan Dillard doubled and was brought home on a Babb single giving him his second RBI of the day. In the bottom of the seventh, the Dolphins increased their lead to 4-2 on a Jake Huxtable solo shot. JU struck again in the eighth with an RBI single from Scott Schaub that scored Ethan Loosen who doubled.

“We needed a good outing and Alex delivered,” head coach Terry Alexander said.

In the rubber match, the Dolphins used a fiery comeback to take the series from Richmond.

Trailing 7-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, JU mounted a comeback that was capped off by a walk off sacrifice-fly by Scott Schaub that scored Tyler Hooten for the 9-8 victory.

Next up for the Dolphins is the College of Charleston on Wednesday at 4p.m. before a weekend set with No. 24 ranked TCU.

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