Dolphins Take Two of Three From Kennesaw State

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The Dolphins baseball team headed back to Georgia, this time to take on A-Sun foe Kennesaw State.
Following a 14-4 blowout by the Owls on Friday which saw junior Chris Anderson struggle for the second straight week, sophomore Alex McRae dialed up a dominant performance as JU shutout Kennesaw St. 4-0.
The Dolphins got out to a hot start Saturday, scoring three runs in the top half of the second inning. Drew Luther and Nate Ricci each belted singles to lead off the inning. Garrett Ruckel laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Ricci and Luther to second and third.
One batter later, Zac Houck singled to plate Luther and Ricci scored on a throwing error making it 2-0 Dolphins. After stealing second, Houck scored on an RBI single off the bat of Nathan Koslowski for a 3-0 lead.
JU would strike for another run in the eighth to make it 4-0 Dolphins. Koslowski walked and stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Braddock Rowe then knocked home Koslowski with an RBI single.
McRae would need nothing more as he tossed a complete game shutout. McRae allowed just three hits while striking out five.
In the rubber match of the three-game set, the Dolphins struck for 10 runs in the first two innings, helping themselves to a healthy, early lead.
Dylan Dillard and Jake Huxtable got on with back-to-back one out singles. Dillard then scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brady North. Braddock Rowe, Luther and Koslowski each followed with singles. Ruckel then walked leading to a bases clearing three run double from Ethan Loosen making it 6-0 JU.
The Dolphins used five more hits in the second to push across four more runs as the first six JU batters reached base, pushing the lead to 10-0.
The Owls struck in the bottom of the fourth where they added four runs of their own cutting the deficit to six at 10-4.
After Kennesaw added another run making it 10-5, the Dolphins got one back in the sixth as Ruckel singled bringing home North who singled earlier in the inning, making it 11-5.
After cutting back into the lead making it 11-6, the Owls were threatening when North started an inning ending 3-4-1 double play ending the push by Kennesaw.
The Dolphins struck for one more run in the seventh to push their lead to 12-6. Houck led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Dillard. Houck then scored on a sac-fly by Huxtable.
Kennesaw St. added one run in the bottom half of the seventh cutting the Dolphin lead to 12-7.
The Owls started a rally in their last at-bat scoring three runs on three hits but fell just shy of tying the game and falling to JU 12-10.
The Dolphins (13-23, 6-6) next action comes up this weekend as JU travels to Northern Kentucky.

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