Baseball Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to USF

Feb. 23, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Zach Haniff's (Bradenton, Fla.) RBI pinch-hit single in the ninth brought the Dolphins to within a run with two outs but JU baseball eventually fell to USF, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field. JU (7-2) suffered its first home loss of the 2005 season while USF (6-5) won its second consecutive game.

Junior LHP Kyle DeVries (Holland, Mich.) was tagged with his first loss of the season (2-1) despite allowing only three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and only one walk in 5.0 innings. Junior Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) and sophomore Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) recorded extra base hits in the contest while sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Daniel Thomas (3-1) earned the win for the Bulls after allowing only one hit while walking four and striking out two in 6.0 shutout innings. James Rowe earned his third save of the year after pitching the final 1.2 innings for the Bulls.

USF jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second when Matt McHargue launched a solo home run over the right center wall. The Bulls increased their lead to 3-0 in the third after Jeremy Bellotti scored on wild pitch and Jeff Baisley hit an RBI single up the middle.

JU cut the deficit to 3-1 in the eighth when Gronkowski drove in Clifford from third with a sacrifice fly to center. The Dolphins cut the margin to 3-2 after an RBI single by Haniff in the ninth but Rowe forced a groundout with a man on first to end the game.

JU will complete its three-game set with USF on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.).