TUESDAY, MAY 04, 2004
Errors Cost Baseball in 7-4 Loss to Georgia Southern
May 4, 2004
STATESBORO, Ga. - Junior catcher Jon Galui (Palm Beach, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with a home run and a pair of RBI and senior third baseman Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.) had two hits and one RBI as the Dolphins pounded out 11 hits, including 10 through the first six innings, until a pair of errors and poor defense down the stretch allowed Georgia Southern to take a come-from-behind victory, 7-4, Tuesday night at J.I. Clement Field.
The Dolphins' streak of 30.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run came to an end off of a run-scoring single in the fourth inning. The Dolphins drop to 21-25 on the season, while Georgia State improves to 27-19.
JU led, 4-2, in the sixth inning when starter Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles) allowed a leadoff single and retired the second batter before the bullpen took over, promptly giving up four hits and four runs through the final 2.2 innings, while the JU defense committed two errors. A Georgia Southern run in the sixth made it, 4-3 Dolphins and a pair of Eagle runs in the seventh off of freshman Andrew Laughter (Longwood, Fla.) proved the decisive blow.
Nagy pitched 5.1 effective innings, giving up just three runs and striking out five in the no-decision. Laughter (1-2) entered the game in the seventh with a one-run lead and allowed two hits and two runs in 0.1 inning for the loss.
The Dolphins took a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning thanks to a pair of hits and one RBI from Diaz before adding Galui's leadoff home run in the sixth to build a 4-2 margin. Senior Larry-Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) had a hit and his 35th and 36th stolen bases of the season, cementing himself as the A-Sun leader in steals and moving into the top-5 in the nation.
The Dolphins return to action in a three-game series at No. 4 Miami, Friday May 7 through Sunday, May 9. Friday and Saturday's games begin at 7 p.m., while the series wraps up at 1 p.m. on Sunday.