TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2004
Baseball Struggles on the Mound Against South Florida in 15-4 Loss
Feb. 17, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - JU catcher Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.) continued his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and his first home run of the season, but JU's bullpen allowed nine runs in the final three innings against South Florida in a 15-4 loss Tuesday at Red McEwen Field.
After giving up six runs through five innings, the Dolphins were forced to use four relief pitchers to hold off the Bulls' charge, but a seven-run sixth gave South Florida a 10-run lead and put them out of striking distance.
JU (2-3) drops its third game in a row, while South Florida (4-0) continues on its best start since 1989.
The Dolphins trailed 6-3 in the sixth inning when freshman reliever Andrew Laughter (Longwood, Fla.). replaced JU starter Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) on the mound. Laughter gave up five runs in his first collegiate appearance while recording one out before junior D.J. Kaercher (Clearwater, Fla.) got the call from the pen with South Florida leading, 11-3. Kaercher gave up two more runs before retiring the side and ending the Bulls' seven-run sixth, giving South Florida a 13-3 lead.
The Dolphins led 2-0 in the first when senior Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) led off with a single and Jamieson hit a two-run shot to clear the bases. In his first start of the season, DeVries pitched 5.0 innings while allowing four earned runs and striking out one.
JU returns home to face South Florida in a two-game set beginning Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. and concluding on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field. Both games will be broadcast live on "The Winner" AM 970. Cole Pepper will provide the play-by-play, while former JU Dolphin and 2003 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Chad Hauseman will be on hand Saturday to provide color commentary. The Dolphin Pregame Show begins 15 minutes prior to first pitch.