SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2005
Baseball Drops 5-4 Contest to USF in 11th Inning

Feb. 26, 2005

Box Score

TAMPS, Fla. - Junior Zach Haniff (Bradenton, Fla.) tied the game in the ninth with a solo home run and sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-run homer but JU baseball eventually fell to USF, 5-4, in 11 innings Saturday afternoon at Red McEwen Field. JU (7-4) suffered its first season sweep of the year while USF (8-5) extended its winning streak to four games.

With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Jeff Bailey hit the first pitch over the left-field wall to end the contest.

Freshman John Locklear (Winter Park, Fla.) was tagged with the loss (0-1) after allowing a run on one hit in 0.1 innings.

Yuri Higgins (1-0) earned the win after throwing 0.2 innings of shutout relief.

Junior RHP Neal Frontz (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian/Florida JC) earned the no-decision after allowing three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out six in 6.1 innings. Clifford, McHugh, Haniff, junior Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) and freshman Matt Lopez (Oviedo, Fla.) each finished with multiple hits in the contest.

JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning when Clifford hit a towering home run off the scoreboard in right field. Senior Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.) got on with a base hit up the middle before Clifford followed with his first home run of the season. The Dolphins made it 3-0 in the third when McHugh scored on a groundout double-play with the bases loaded.

USF cut the deficit to 3-1 after a solo home run to dead center by Matt McHargue. The Bulls still threatened with the bases loaded and two out, but Frontz struck out Dexter Butler to end the inning.

The Bulls took a 4-3 lead in the seventh after scoring three runs on five hits. Jeremy Belotti, Jeff Baisley and Brad Baisley each drove in a run with singles.

JU threatened in the top of the eighth inning with the bases loaded and two outs but McHugh's drive in the gap was caught by a diving Joey Heirlmeier to end the inning.

The Dolphins evened the contest in the top of the ninth after a solo home run to left field by Haniff with two outs.

JU threatened once more in the top of the 11th with a man on first and third with no outs, but back-to-back strikeouts and a pop out ended the inning.

JU will return to Alexander Brest Field to face Western Michigan on Tuesday, March 1, at 4 p.m.