FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2004
Strong Pitching Propels Baseball to 4-2 Win Over Bethune-Cookman
May 21, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Starter Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) (4-9) took the Dolphins through four innings, giving up just three hits and one run, while juniors Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles) and Ashley Roque (Jacksonville/Bolles) came out of the pen to shut down the Wildcat bats as JU defeated Bethune-Cookman, 4-2, Friday night at Alexander Brest Field. Nagy pitched four innings of one-hit ball, striking out four, while Roque came in to close the ninth, earning his fourth save of the season. Offensively, senior Rob Hudson (Garden City, Mich.) and freshman Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) had a pair of hits each with Clifford driving in a pair of Dolphin runs.
DeVries allowed no hits until the fourth when the first three batters singled, driving in a run and cutting the Dolphins' lead to, 3-1. DeVries buckled down to retire the last three batters in a row, striking out the last man at the plate to end the inning. Nagy took over in the fifth, giving up a hit to the first batter before retiring 12 of the next 15, walking two and hitting one with a pitch. Nagy pitched four innings total, giving up just one hit and striking out four. Roque came in to close the ninth, giving up one hit and one run before retiring the side for the save.
Clifford helped put JU out to an early 1-0 lead in the first when he slapped a one-out single through the left side, scoring Hudson from second. The Dolphins tacked on another run in the third when senior Orlando Diaz (Downers Grove, Ill.) drew a leadoff walk and stole second, scoring on Clifford's single through the right side and making it, 2-0, JU.
Freshman Justin Young (Oviedo, Fla.) made it 3-0 in the fourth with a run-scoring single through the left side, bringing freshman Thomas LePage (Jacksonville/Englewood) home from third after his first career triple in the previous at-bat.
Senior Larry-Best Berfet (Newark, N.J.) manufactured his own run in the eighth as a pinch-runner when he stole second and third and caused a wild throw from the catcher to sail into left field, putting JU up, 4-1. Freshman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) drew a leadoff walk to give Best-Berfet the opportunity to steal the 66th and 67th stolen bases of his career, good for eighth on the all-time list.
The Dolphins end their regular season on Senior Day tomorrow when they host Bethune-Cookman at 1 p.m. at Alexander Brest Field.