SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2004
Baseball Loses Extra-Inning Thriller to South Florida, 5-4
Feb. 22, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With JU trailing by a run in the bottom of the 10th and senior Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) on second base, USF's Chase Lirette struck out two batters in a row to give South Florida a 5-4 win Sunday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field. It was the second extra-inning game in as many days for the two clubs as JU drops to 3-4 on the season, while South Florida improves to 5-2 and ends a two-game losing streak.
With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Best-Berfet stole second base after coming in to pinch-run for junior Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.). Freshman Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) struck out in the next at-bat and senior Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.) followed suit to end the game.
McHugh singled to lead off the 10th inning for the Dolphins when junior Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.) struck out swinging for the first out.
McHugh finished the afternoon going 3-for-5 with a stolen base and improved his average to .321 on the season. Starter Brett Nagy (Jacksonville, Fla.) pitched a career-high 9.0 innings, allowing five hits, four runs and tying a career-best with six strikeouts. Sophomore Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) suffered the loss for the Dolphins. South Florida pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts with Lirette fanning nine batters in 4.0 innings of work.
JU trailed 4-3 in the sixth when freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville, Fla.) drew a one-out walk and junior Jon Galui (Palm Beach, Fla.) lashed a double into the left field corner, scoring Clifford from first and knotting it up at 4.
Senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville, Fla.) had a three-run home run in the third inning to stake JU to a 3-0 lead before South Florida scored one run in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead of their own.
The Dolphins return to action on Thursday, Feb. 26 when they host Florida A&M at 6 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.