FRIDAY, APRIL 09, 2004
Baseball Uses 11-Run Eighth to Down Stetson, 13-5
April 9, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU trailed 5-2 in the eighth inning until the Dolphins put up nine hits, recorded six steals and scored 11 runs to come from behind and defeat Stetson, 13-5 Friday evening at Alexander Brest Field. JU brought 17 batters to the plate in the eighth and batted around without a single batter being retired, while coming two stolen bases away from the single-inning NCAA Division I record.
Freshman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) and senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) each had three hits, while Murphy scored a pair of runs and Hart recorded two RBI. Senior Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) had two hits, two RBI, two runs scored and two steals.
JU trailed 5-2 in the eighth when the first 10 Dolphin batters of the inning reached safely before Stetson could record the first out. Best-Berfet led the inning off with a single and drove in a pair of runs later in the inning, while recording two steals. Junior Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.) drove in the winning run with a two-run single to right field.
Starter Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) (8-2) pitched his fourth complete game of the year, allowing 10 hits and just three earned runs while striking out one. The win ties Robinson for the conference lead in wins. Stetson starter Ryan Heacox was chased in the eighth after giving up six hits and four runs while striking out one. Ryan Dixon (1-4) picked up the loss after allowing one hit, one walk and two runs.
Freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) opened the scoring in the first inning with a solo home run, the first of his career, to stake the Dolphins to a 1-0 lead. Freshman Logan James (Clearwater, Fla.) added a sacrifice fly in the second inning to give JU a 2-0 lead before Stetson put up a run in the fourth, three in the fifth, and one in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead.
JU wraps up the series with Stetson tomorrow afternoon in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.