SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2004
Baseball Falls to No. 19 Florida Atlantic in Game One, 7-3
March 27, 2004
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Despite two opportunities to tie the game against No. 19 Florida Atlantic, JU mustered just three runs on five hits in a 7-3 loss to the Blue Wave in game one of a Saturday doubleheader.
The Dolphins came within a run of the Blue Wave on two occasions but stranded two on-base in the fifth inning and a man on third base in the third.
Junior right-hander Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles) (1-3) threw 5.0 innings, allowing six earned runs while striking out one in his first start since March 6. Florida Atlantic's Randy Beam (4-1) went the full 7.0 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run while striking out two.
JU closed to within a run in the fifth, 4-3, when senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) led off with a single and senior Chris Kelly (Sarasota, Fla.) followed with a walk giving freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) the opportunity to lace an RBI single into right field, scoring Hart from second.
JU closed to within a run, 3-2, in the third when Hart reached on an error and Kelly singled up the middle and moved to second while Hart advanced to third on a fielding error by the Blue Wave centerfielder. Senior Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) hit sharp ball at the shortstop for Florida Atlantic's second error of the game, bringing Hart across the plate, and Clifford drove a sac fly to left, scoring Kelly and making it, 3-2.
The Blue Wave built a comfortable lead, 6-3, in the fifth with two runs off a pair of doubles and a squeeze play to equal their biggest lead of the game.
Florida Atlantic pulled ahead, 4-2 in the fourth when Tim Mascia hit a sac fly for his third RBI of the afternoon, giving the Blue Wave a two-run cushion.