SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2004
Seniors Shine in Baseball's 13-3 Win Over Bethune-Cookman
May 22, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Baseball's seniors shone on the final day of the regular season as Larry Best-Berfet (Newark, N.J.), Clint Hart (Jacksonville/Englewood) and Joe Steward (Ottawa, Kan.) ended their careers with home runs in their final collegiate at-bats in a 13-3 win over Bethune Cookman on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field. Senior Tom Alford (Jacksonville/Mandarin) had a career-high three hits and tied a career-high with three RBI, while senior Rob Hudson (Garden City, Mich.) had a pair of hits.
Senior reliever Patrick Sitkins (Ft. Myers, Fla.) pitched the final two innings, giving up just two hits and striking out two in the 57th appearance of his career, ranking him 11th on JU's all-time career list.
Starter Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) (13-4) ranks second in the nation in victories after a seven inning performance, giving up seven hits and three runs while striking out a career-high nine batters.
Leading 7-1 in the sixth, three seniors hit home runs in their final collegiate at-bats to begin one of the most memorable innings in Dolphin history. Hart homered to center field to lead off the inning, making it 8-1 Dolphins and junior Jon Galui (Palm Beach, Fla.) singled in the next at-bat. Steward crushed his first career home run over the scoreboard in right field, giving JU a 10-1 lead. Junior Chris Kelly (Sarasota, Fla.) singled through the left side and junior Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.) was hit by a pitch before the Wildcats could record the first out of the inning. With two men on, Best-Berfet hit a three-run shot to left field, making it, 13-1, Dolphins.
The Dolphins took a 3-0 lead in the second when Alford singled home Galui making it, 1-0 JU. Best-Berfet doubled in the next at-bat, scoring Kelly from third, and an error allowed Alford to score from third, giving JU a three-run cushion.
JU added three more runs in the third to take a 6-1 lead thanks to RBI doubles from Galui and Alford, as well as a run-scoring single into center field by Jamieson. The Dolphins finish the season 25-31, posting their eighth-consecutive season with 25 wins or more. The Dolphins have won 25 games or more in 23 of the last 24 campaigns.