SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2004
Late Rally Falls Short as Baseball Falls, 7-3 to Troy State
May 15, 2004
TROY, Ala. - JU broke a streak of 12-straight scoreless innings with a late rally against Troy State, but the Trojans proved too much for the Dolphins as JU lost, 7-3, in game two of a conference doubleheader Saturday at Riddle-Pace Field.
Starter Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) (3-8) went 1.2 innings but gave up four hits and five runs in the second to earn the loss. Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles) pitched 4.1 innings in relief, allowing three hits, two runs and one earned run.
Troy State put up five runs in the second to lead, 5-0, when the Trojans loaded the bases with one out and scored runs on a pair of singles, a wild pitch and a two-RBI double to chase DeVries from the game. Troy State added a single run in the fourth to pull ahead, 6-0 before the Dolphins could make a dent in the scoreboard in the fifth.
JU mounted a comeback in the sixth with four hits and a pair of runs, cutting the Trojan lead to, 6-3. Freshman Zach Haniff (Bradenton, Fla.) laced a two-out pinch-hit double off the wall in right to begin the rally and senior Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.) singled, putting men on the corners for senior pinch hitter Chris Kelly (Sarasota, Fla.). Kelly brought Haniff home with a single to left, making it, 6-2 Trojans and freshman pinch hitter Preston Pehrson (Anapolis, Md.) singled up the middle, cutting the lead to 6-3. Junior Jon Galui (Palm Beach, Fla.) was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to load the bases, but the Trojans struck out the final batter to end the threat.
The Dolphins scored their first run in the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-1 when Diaz reached base and advanced to second on a fielding error and scored two outs later on Sean McHugh's (Port Orange, Fla.) single through the right side, making it, 6-1 Trojans.
The Dolphins host the MEAC Champion Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week in their final series of the season. Bethune-Cookman has already claimed the MEAC title and a berth in the NCAA Regionals. Thursday and Friday nights games are set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's finale begins at 1 p.m.