Dolphins Take One From Mercer, Set to Host Stetson


Chris Anderson and the JU baseball team headed north to Mercer for an Easter weekend clash with the Mercer Bears beginning Thursday.

The Dolphins got on the board early as Jake Huxtable reached on a two base error and advanced to third on a groundout by Nathan Koslowski. Huxtable then scored on an RBI single from Alex McRae. Brady North then doubled, plating McRae for the 2-0 lead.

JU’s lead would soon disappear as Mercer added two of their own in the inning. Preseason All Conference player Derrick Workman blasted a two-run home run to knot up the score.

The Dolphins would keep the pressure on Mercer as they added a run in the second to reclaim the lead 3-2 on an RBI single by Huxtable that scored Dylan Dillard.

The Bears again responded immediately with a run in the home half of the second, knotting the game back up at three.

In the third however, Mercer added three runs off the bat of Nick Backlund who launched a three-run home run over the fence.

JU would cut into the Mercer lead with an RBI single from North to plate Huxtable and a suicide squeeze from Ethan Loosen that scored Koslowski.

Ahead 6-5, Mercer used the long ball yet again as David Reid Foley went deep to right, putting the Bears ahead 8-5. Mercer would add five more runs in the seventh, four of which on a grand slam by Austin Barrett, putting the Bears up 13-5.

The Dolphins bats refused to wake up Friday as JU fell for the second straight day to Mercer.

JU got their lone run in the top of the fifth off the bat of Drew Luther who laid down a suicide squeeze to score Loosen who singled earlier in the inning to tie the game at one.

The Bears scored two runs in the fifth and sixth, stretching the lead to 5-1. They would add another in the seventh and go on to win 6-1.

With the series already lost, the Dolphins took to the diamond to try and salvage one victory from the series.

Alex McRae started on the mound for the Dolphins as they defeated Mercer in game three, 5-2. McRae went six strong innings, walking three and striking out three on the way to his second victory of 2013.

With the score deadlocked at one, the Dolphins were able to break out for three runs in the top of the sixth. Garrett Ruckel led off the inning with a single and moved up to third on a sac bunt by Zac Houck. Koslowski then walked, bringing North to the plate. North sent the first pitch of the at bat deep to right hugging the foul line. The ball wrapped around the foul pole staying fair giving the Dolphins a 4-1 lead.

Each team would add one more run in the game as JU grabbed their 10th win of the season. JU improved to 10-18, 3-3 on the season.

Next up the Dolphins host A-Sun rival Stetson for a three-game weekend series. JU is set to retire long-time coach Terry Alexander’s number on Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.