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I visit a lot of Sun Belt related sites (FIU duh). Anyways, saw this on one of them and thought it would be interesting to post here.


Patrick Weaver and Josh Touchstone both notched a pair of RBI as the Jaguar baseball team defeated their Pro-Alumni Team 8-2 Saturday at Stanky Field before 2,648 fans at the 15th 2004 USA baseball Hall of Fame Game.

Touchstone went 3-for-4 on the afternoon, Kevin Williams went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases and Brad Gordon recorded a 2-for-2 performance from the plate for the Jaguars.


Six pitchers combined to hold the Pro-Alumni team to just two runs on five hits, both runs coming in the first inning. P.J. Walters picked up the win as he entered the game in the fourth after Joey Doan tossed a pair of scoreless innings with a 2-2 tie ballgame. Mel Spivey was the losing pitcher allowing five runs on four hits, although only three runs were earned.


"Our young pitchers did pretty well today," said USA head coach Steve Kittrell. "One or two made a couple of mistakes, but overall they did well and I was pleased."


Florida Marlins center fielder Juan Pierre opened the game with a single to left and advanced to second on a Jeramy Simmons wild pitch. Florida's Mike Moredcai ripped a double to right field, scoring Pierre for an early 1-0 lead. St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Marlon Anderson drove in Mordecai, giving the Pro's a 2-0 lead through the first inning.


The Jaguar bats came to life in the third inning and with a little help from two Pro-Alumni mishaps as both Kevin Williams and Weaver reached base on errors. Williams stole second and scored on Tim Merritt's error, while Touchstone singled to centerfield, scoring Weaver from second base.


With one out in the bottom of the third and Pierre on second for the Pros, Doan struck out Mordecai and Luis Gonzalez to get out of a slight jam.


The Jags posted three runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth, as USA recorded five hits in the two innings. Justin Hawarah doubled to right field and Weaver drove in two runs in the fourth, while Hawarah drilled a RBI single for a 6-2 Jaguar lead through the end of five..


The Jags added two more runs in the seventh inning, which started from a Shaun Shugart leadoff walk followed by a single to right by Adam Lind. Touchstone added an RBI single and catcher Tim Land added an RBI sacrifice fly for an 8-2 Jaguar victory.


"It's great to see some of our former players give something back to the team," said Kittrell. "It was a little chilly today, but pretty good weather and a great crowd. We've still got to get better before we open up at Texas A&M."


David Francia and Merritt both went 1-for-3 with a single for the Pro-Alumni team. Tony Neal, the Pro's starting pitcher, tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts.


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