SUNDAY, MAY 09, 2004
Baseball Drops Close Contest to No. 4 Miami, 7-4
May 9, 2004
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Seniors Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.) each hit two-run home runs against No. 4 Miami, combining for five hits and all of the game's runs in a 7-4 loss to the Hurricanes Sunday afternoon at Mark Field Stadium. Diaz went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Best-Berfet had two hits including a double, two RBI and two runs scored.
JU sophomore starter Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) (3-8) pitched 5.2 innings, giving up 11 hits and six runs, while striking out three. DeVries allowed three runs in the first but settled down to give up just one hit in the second, third and fourth and two in the fifth while holding the Hurricanes scoreless until four hits and three runs in the sixth ended his day.
Trailing 6-2 in the eighth, senior Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Paxon) drew a leadoff walk and Best-Berfet doubled to left field, but Hart was thrown out at third after overrunning the base. Freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) flew out to center for the second out, halting his hitting streak at 12 games and Diaz bashed a clutch home run to right field, his ninth of the season, to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Miami bettered its one-run lead in the sixth when the Hurricanes scored three runs off four hits to pull ahead, 6-2. Junior Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles) took the mound in relief and got the Dolphins out of the inning and pitched effectively into the ninth, but the damage was done.
Best-Berfet cut the Hurricanes' lead to 3-2 with his second home run of the season, a two-run blast to left-center. Diaz slapped a one-out single to short center and sophomore Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) walked to chase Miami starter Brandon Camardese from the game. Freshman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) moved the runners to second and third but Diaz was picked off at third to end the inning.
Miami took a 3-0 lead in the first inning when DeVries gave up a leadoff single and hit the next two batters to load the bases. A run-scoring single made it 1-0, and a double-play ball brought the runner home from third to make it 2-0 Hurricanes. DeVries walked the next batter and picked him off in the ensuing at-bat, but not before a man on third scored to make it 3-0.
JU hosts Georgia Southern on Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.