THURSDAY, MAY 06, 2004
Baseball Takes on No. 4 Miami in Weekend Series

May 6, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Baseball travels to Coral Gables this weekend to face the fourth-ranked Miami Hurricanes in a three-game series at Mark Light Field beginning Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. The series continues on Saturday, May 8 at 7 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, May 9 at 1 p.m. JU sports a 21-25 record, while Miami enters the series 33-9.

The Dolphins start sophomore lefthander Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) in Friday's game against Miami's ace, lefthander J.D. Cockroft. Brickle is 3-2 on the year with a 3.77 ERA and 18 strikeouts, while Cockroft has posted a 5-3 record with a 2.67 ERA, riding a three-game winning streak and pitching 21.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

The Dolphins will put their ace on the mound Saturday when junior righthander Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) takes the mound with an 11-2 record and a 2.82 ERA. Robinson has not given up an earned run in 27.1 innings while climbing to second in the nation in wins, one victory behind first-round lock, Jered Weaver. Robinson will face righthander Cesar Carrillo who is 7-0 with a 2.83 ERA and leads the Hurricanes with 47 strikeouts.

JU sophomore lefthander Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) will start game three against lefthander Brandon Camardese. DeVries is 3-7 with a 3.70 ERA and a 2.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while Camardese is 4-1 with a 4.09 ERA.

At the plate, senior third baseman Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.) leads JU with eight home runs and 40 RBI this season while committing just four errors all season at third (.975 FLD%). Senior centerfielder Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) is currently sixth in the nation with 36 stolen bases and leads the team with 39 runs scored.

Miami ranks 12th in the nation in hitting with a .329 team average, averaging nine runs a game, which is good for 10th in the country. The Hurricanes have recorded 51 home runs in 2004 and have 101 stolen bases in 42 games.

The series will be broadcast live on "The Winner" AM970 with Cole Pepper handling play-by-play duties and Rusty Green providing color commentary. The Dolphin Pregame Show begins 15 minutes prior to the start of each game.