SUNDAY, MAY 08, 2005
No. 4 Miami Defeats Baseball, 6-5, in 10 Innings
May 8, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior RHP Hunter Davis (Wakulla, Fla.) hurled a career-high 4.2 innings of relief to allow the Dolphins to rally twice but No. 4 Miami scored a run in the 10th inning to defeat JU baseball, 6-5, Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Field. Senior Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.) and sophomores Doug Fowler (High Point, N.C.), Logan James (Clearwater, Fla.) and Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) each finished with multiple hits to lead the Dolphin offense. JU falls to 21-29 on the year, while Miami improves to 36-11-11.
With the score tied, 5-5, in the 10th Ryan Braun led off the inning with a walk before John Jay laced a double to center. After an intentional walk to Danny Valencia and a line out to third by Walter Diaz, Eddy Rodriguez hit a drive off the left-center wall to end the game. Chris Perez (5-1) earned the win after hurling 3.1 innings of scoreless relief with a hit, four walks and three strikeouts.
Davis (0-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing a run on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings of relief.
JU took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Fowler hit a solo home run over the left field wall with two outs. For Fowler, it was the first home run of his Dolphin career.
Miami took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third when Paco Figueroa hit an inside the park home run to center field with two runners on base. With runners on second and third with two outs, Figueroa hit a sharp liner to center field. Fowler attempted to make a diving catch and preserve a no-hitter by senior LHP Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.), but the ball bounced before his outstretched glove and rolled to the wall.
The Dolphins evened the contest, 3-3, in the top of the fourth after an RBI grounder to short by senior Jon Galui (Palm Beach, Fla.) and McHugh scored from third on a double play with no outs.
The Hurricanes made it 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth when Valencia hit and RBI single up the middle after Jay led off the inning with a ground-rule double to left. Miami increased the lead to 5-3 in the fifth after an RBI single to right by Jay.
JU cut the deficit to 5-4 in the top of the sixth after an RBI single through the left side by James with two outs. McHugh led off the inning with a base hit to left before moving to second on a groundout by sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence).
The Dolphins tied the contest, 5-5, in the top of the seventh when Murphy hit an RBI double to center field. With one out Fowler laced a single down the left-field line and then moved to second on a balk by Andrew Lane.