Monday March 6, 2006Aoyama Gakuin Tops Baseball In Exhibition, 6-3
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“This was a great experience for our players to have a taste of international competition,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “I was really impressed with Aoyama Gakuin’s pitching pattern and their discipline at the plate, they have a very good club. This game provided a valuable learning experience for our younger guys.”
seized a 1-0 lead on a two-out double in the first by sophomore Bryson Barber (
Aoyama Gakuin evened the score in the third on a sacrifice fly by
Osaki Yutaro. Yoshida Yuichiro
led off with a single to left off sophomore Andy Gale (
a leadoff base-hit in the bottom of the fourth and stole second base. After
junior Chris Petrie (
visitors moved in front on an RBI grounder in the sixth by Kusuki
Yusuke. Helms took over for junior Patrick
UF’s bid to tie the game in bottom of the frame was denied when Cash was gunned down at the plate trying to score on Gaski’s single up the middle. Cash had opened the frame with a walk and Shun retired Petrie (flyout) and Quatrino (strikeout). Cash stole second and raced around third on Gaski’s hit, only to have Yutaro fire a perfect strike to catcher Tanaka Shoji for the last out of the inning.
The Japanese squad increased its lead to 3-1 in the seventh. Yuichiro singled through the right side with one down and Masaei followed with a walk. Yuichiro advanced to third on the play when the relay throw from the catcher sailed into the outfield. Soon after, Yutaro’s foul ball to left allowed Yuichiro to come across for a two-run advantage.
walked to begin the home part of the seventh and redshirt
freshman Bo Smith (
Aoyama Gakuin added some insurance in the eighth with three hits
and three runs to build a 6-1 cushion. Tsuburaya
Hidetoshi and Fuminori stroked back-to-back singles
off sophomore Michael Branham (
Cash and Petrie delivered consecutive singles to start the Gators’ turn in the eighth and Gaski’s one-out double narrowed the gap to 6-2. With runners perched on second and third, Woods drew a base on balls to fill the sacks. However, Barnes and Smith were each caught looking on strikes to bring UF’s total to 12 runners left on base.
Making his first plate appearance on the collegiate level, Bentley cranked a homer with one down in the ninth and no one aboard into the left-field bleachers to finalize the margin at 6-3. The teams finished with nine hits apiece, with Fuminori finishing 3-for-5 with two runs for the victors. The Gators begin a two-game series with UNC Greensboro (3-8) tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. The Spartans are coached by Mike Gaski, the father of UF sophomore infielder Matt Gaski.