SATURDAY, APRIL 03, 2004
Baseball Loses Doubleheaders to No. 23 UCF, 10-4, 10-9
April 3, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU lost both games of a doubleheader to No. 23 UCF, dropping the first game 10-4 and falling just short, 10-9, in a thrilling comeback in game two Saturday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field. Senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) led the Dolphins with three hits, three RBI and three runs in two games, while senior Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.) had two hits, two runs and one RBI to go along with his team-leading sixth home run of the season.
The loss drop JU to 14-17 and 5-9 in the Atlantic Sun, while UCF improves to 26-5 and 12-2 in conference play.
Trailing 10-7 with one out in the final inning of game two, Hart singled, moving Diaz to second. Diaz promptly stole third and junior Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.) laced a two-run double to the left field wall, making it 10-9, but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple. With two-outs, UCF's Tim Bascom induced the next batter into a groundout to pick up the win.
Sophomore Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) (2-4) recorded the loss in game two after going 0.1 innings and allowing three hits and three runs in the sixth. Bascom pitched the final 2.1 innings, giving up four hits and three runs while striking out four.
JU put up six runs in the fifth inning of game two to take a 7-6 lead, but UCF responded with three runs in the sixth and one in the top of the seventh to lead, 10-7.
UCF never trailed in the game one, leading 8-0 until freshman Logan James (Clearwater, Fla.) hit his first career home run in the fifth to make it 8-1 Golden Knights. The Dolphins added three runs in the seventh off of hits by Diaz, Hart and senior Joe Steward (Ottawa, Kan.).
Junior Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) (7-2) lost for the first time since Feb. 15 after giving up 10 hits and eight runs in game one, while striking out four in 5.0 innings of work. UCF's Kyle Bono improved to 5-0 while allowing two hits and one run, while striking out 11.
The Dolphins and Golden Knights wrap up the series tomorrow when sophomore Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) (1-0) faces UCF's ace, Matt Fox (7-0) at 1 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.