SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004
Baseball Loses Slugfest to No. 24 Florida State, 14-9
Feb. 15, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU hit four home runs in one game for just the third time in two seasons as senior Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.), sophomore Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.), senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville, Fla.) and junior Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.) each went deep, but No. 24 Florida State equaled the Dolphins home run total and recorded 14 strikeouts in a 14-9 win Sunday at Alexander Brest Field.
Hart led the Dolphins at the plate going 3-for-5 with a run and one RBI.
JU (2-1) loses its first game of the season, while Florida State (3-3) snaps a three-game skid. The teams will rematch Monday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee.
The Dolphins trailed 12-6 in the bottom of the eighth with one out and men on the corners when freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville, Fla.) doubled down the left field line, scoring junior Chris Kelly (Sarasota, Fla.) and moving senior Rob Hudson (Garden City, Mich.) to third, closing the gap, 12-7. Senior Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and advanced to second, bringing Hudson and Clifford home and making it 12-9 Seminoles, but Florida State put up two more runs in the ninth to end JU's comeback.
JU trailed 9-1 in the fourth when Gronkowski hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center to make it 9-3 Florida State. The Dolphins put up two more runs in the fifth after Hart and McHugh hit back-to-back two-out shots to help JU inch closer, 9-5.
JU used eight pitchers in a game that went three hours and forty-five minutes. Junior Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) recorded the loss and evened his record to 1-1 on the season. Florida State's Hunter Jones pitched 5.0 innings while striking out six for his first win of the year. JU travels to Florida State tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. game at Dick Howser Stadium, before visiting South Florida on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. at Red McEwen Field.