Dolphins Bounce Jaspers From NCAA Tournament

Saturday, June 04, 2011

The JU baseball team found different ways to plate runs en route to a 5-4 victory against Manhattan at the Gainesville Regional of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

With the scored tied at one in the fifth inning, the Dolphins (37-23) used two sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded walk in the next two frames to set up the win. Sophomore Adam Brett Walker also drove in two runs on three hits to help total. Walker’s day helped him set the new single-season records for hits and total bases.

JU will play the loser of Saturday’s #16 Miami/#2 Florida matchup tomorrow at noon on ESPNU.

“We did the little things right to get the win,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We tried to do much yesterday which hurt us. I wanted us to get back to the basics today and that is what we did. Overall, we get another day to play and we are looking forward to it.”

Junior Steven Eagerton (9-0) earned the win for the Dolphins after limiting the Jaspers (34-19) to two runs on nine hits and three strikeouts in seven innings of work. It was also his 11th straight victory which puts him into the top three nationally for the longest active streak.

Freshman Chris Anderson allowed an unearned run in 1.1 relief innings and senior Chris Kaminski struck out two batters with the bases-loaded in the ninth to get his 16th career save – tying the JU school record.

Jaspers starter Eric Luksis (7-4) took the loss in their finale, allowing four runs on five hits and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Nick Camastro and Anthony Vega each had three hits to pace the Manhattan offense.

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