SATURDAY, MAY 08, 2004
Baseball Falls to No. 4 Miami, 12-4
May 8, 2004
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - JU and Miami were deadlocked 2-2 early until eight unearned Hurricane runs in the third inning broke the game wide open as the Dolphins fell, 12-4 to the Hurricanes Saturday night at Mark Light Stadium. JU ace Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) (11-3) picked up just his first loss in five starts and remains second in the nation in wins, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs in 4.0 innings of work. Robinson's streak of 27.1 innings without allowing an earned run came to an end with a run-scoring single in the first.
With the score tied 2-2 and the bases loaded in the third inning, Robinson induced Miami DH Joey Hooft into a ground ball to short, but freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) misplayed the ball, allowing one run to score and prolonging the inning. The next batter laced a three-run double into right field and the eight-run inning was on. The Hurricanes exited the inning with a 10-2 lead, with all eight runs unearned.
Clifford extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a pair of hits and one RBI, while senior Rob Hudson (Garden City, Mich.) had a solo home run in the fifth.
The Dolphins jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first when senior Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) led off with a single and scored when Clifford's single to left field was misplayed, moving Clifford to third base with no outs. Freshman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) brought Clifford home with a sharp ball to short to make it 2-0, Dolphins.
The Hurricanes tied the game 2-2 in their half of the first with four hits, including a pair of doubles, before Robinson retired the side.
JU picked up a single run in the fifth with Hudson's home run to right, making it 9-1 Miami. Sophomore Cesar Carillo (8-0) remained undefeated for the Hurricanes, pitching 7.0 innings while allowing four hits, three runs and striking out six.
JU and Miami finish the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sophomore Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) (3-7, 3.70 ERA) looks to earn his second win in a row against Miami junior Brandon Camardese (4-1, 4.09 ERA) The game can be heard live on "The Winner" AM 970 with Cole Pepper providing play-by-play and Rusty Green handling color commentary.