Baseball Opens Conference Play 2-1

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The Dolphins baseball team concluded spring break opening up Atlantic Sun Conference play against the Spartans of USC Upstate.
Junior right-hander Chris Anderson took the mound for JU. Anderson (4-1) yet again baffled opposing hitters, tossing 8 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and striking out 10 as the Dolphins won their conference opener, 3-0.
JU first got on the board in the fifth inning on an RBI single from senior Ethan Loosen. Brady North scored on the play after walking a few at bats earlier.
The Dolphins added a couple insurance runs two innings later in the seventh. North singled to lead off the inning and moved up to third on a double by Kris Molter. Next up was Josh Baker who singled, plating North and advancing Molter to third. Molter scored on a sacrifice bunt from Dylan Dillard, putting JU up 3-0, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
After the rain washed out Saturday, the Dolphins and Spartans returned to the diamond for a Sunday double header.
In game one, the Dolphins jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first. Michael Babb led off the inning with a double and was advanced to third on a sacrifice from Jake Huxtable. Nathan Koslowski followed Huxtable with an RBI groundout, plating Babb.
JU was right back at it on the offensive the next inning as they erupted for four runs, extending their lead to 5-0.
North and Molter led off the inning with singles and Loosen was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Dillard then doubled, scoring North and Molter, putting JU up 3-0. Huxtable then plated two more, singling to left and giving JU a 5-0 lead.
The Spartans would add two runs of their own in the third and sixth but would get no closer and the Dolphins went on to win 6-4.
In game two of the double header, the Spartans bats exploded for 19 runs on 19 hits to avoid being swept by the Dolphins.
The Dolphins hit the road to take on Georgia Southern before continuing A-Sun play at Mercer this weekend.

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