SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2004
Baseball Drops Game Two to No. 19 Florida Atlantic, 11-6
March 27, 2004
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Junior Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.) had three RBI and his second home run in two games but the Dolphins dropped game two of a conference doubleheader to No. 19 Florida Atlantic, 11-6, Saturday, in a game that saw two ties and three lead changes.
The Dolphins took an early lead and then came back from a one-run deficit in the fourth to go ahead, 6-4, but a five-run fifth for Florida Atlantic broke the game wide open and allowed the Blue Wave to take 2-of-3 games in the conference series. JU falls to 14-15 on the season and 5-7 in the Atlantic Sun, while Florida Atlantic improves to 25-5 and 5-4 in conference.
The Blue Wave put up five runs in the fifth to take a 10-6 lead after JU starting pitcher Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) left the game. Seven Florida Atlantic batters reached base before the Dolphins recorded the first out of the inning thanks to freshman reliever Andrew Laughter (Longwood, Fla.) who retired the first three batters faced.
Brickle pitched 4.0 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs while striking out two. Sophomore Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) (2-4) took the loss after allowing four hits and four runs in the fifth. Florida Atlantic's Matt O'Brien improved to 7-1 with the victory, allowing nine hits and six runs while striking out three.
JU mounted a three-run comeback in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead after loading the bases with no outs and allowing senior Rob Hudson (Garden City, Mich.) to drive an RBI single to left field, scoring senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) from third. Florida Atlantic retired the next batter, but senior Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) hit his team-best sixth sacrifice fly, scoring freshman Thomas LePage (Jacksonville/Englewood) and Clifford followed with an RBI single up the middle to cap the inning.
Florida Atlantic rebounded from a two-run deficit with three runs in the third, giving the Blue Wave a 4-3 advantage.
Jamieson gave JU a 3-1 lead in the third when he clubbed his second home run in as many games and recorded his third RBI of the game.
JU hosts UCF in an Atlantic Conference series beginning Saturday, April 3 with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and concluding on Sunday, April 4 with a 1 p.m. finale. Both games will be broadcast live on "The Winner" AM 970.