Baseball Team Tries to Break Out

George Wahl II

Photo courtesy of Austin Weaver

JU Baseball (2-5) used a little bit of home cooking to get their first wins of the season. After getting swept in Los Angeles by USC and falling to 8th ranked FSU, the Dolphins returned home for a weekend meeting with Northeastern.
The men’s squad needed 10 innings to get the win Friday 7-6 for the 1st W of the year. They were right back at it Saturday where the teams split a double header. Freshman Alex McRave got the nod in game 1 and he showed up. McRave went 8 innings, gave up 1 run on 8 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
“Alex did a great job for us in game 1,” said JU Head Coach Terry Alexander. “He put together another solid outing and got some early support from the offense.”
JU struck early putting up a 3 spot in the first. Right Fielder Taylor Rutliff, sophomore, led off with a walk and went on to steal second. A 1-out walk to junior Adam Brett Walker II set up sophomore DH Chris Anderson for his RBI Single to right field. The very next batter, senior OF Jonathan Murphy, doubled to right scoring Anderson and Walker. They would plate one more run on their to a 4-1 victory.

The Northeastern Huskies took a page out of JU’s book with a 3 run 1st inning in game 2. Errors and lack of offense plagued the Dolphins in game 2.
“We are still having trouble playing consistently the entire game but its still early, we will make the necessary adjustments,” says Alexander.
Chris Anderson led the team with 3 hits and 2 RBI’s. Walker also had 2 RBI on the day.
Northeastern was anchored by catcher John Pattress who went 2-4 in game 1 and 3-4 in game 2. Tucker Roeder led the Huskies in game 2 with 3 RBI’s.
The Dolphins will continue their home stand Tuesday, February 28 vs College of Charleston at 4p.m. in Johns Sessions Stadium.