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Saturday March 11, 2006No. 13 Baseball Overpowers Harvard, 10-2

Gainesville, FL

No. 13 Florida’s offense erupted for 13 hits and sophomore Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.) worked eight innings for his fifth win as the Gators (13-6) defeated Harvard, 10-2, on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. Augenstein (5-0) registered nine strikeouts, allowed five hits and surrendered two runs in his fifth start of the year. Four UF players turned in multiple-hit efforts, with the sophomore duo of Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) and Matt Gaski (Greensboro, N.C.) driving in two runs apiece.

 

Florida broke through with three runs on three hits in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) opened the frame with UF’s first hit off sophomore Shawn Haviland, a single up the middle, and was sacrificed to second by Gaski. Dickey advanced to third on a wild pitch and junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) was hit by a pitch for runners on the corners and one down. After Davis swiped his team-leading third stolen base, senior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.) poked an RBI single into shallow center to open the scoring. With Davis aboard at third, Barton stole second and Haviland responded with a strikeout of junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.). McArthur collected two more RBI, giving him six on the weekend, with a single for a three-run Gator advantage.

 

A sacrifice fly by Davis in the fourth resulted in a 4-0 score in favor of Florida. Junior Austin Pride (Longwood, Fla.) was hit to begin the stanza and junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) executed a hit and run to perfection for a couple of runners on base. Although Pride was picked off second on a wheel play, Petrie moved into scoring position on a passed ball. A base-hit from Dickey gave the hosts runners at first and third and a walk to Gaski loaded the bases after Dickey stole second. Davis’ first sac fly of the year was followed by a pop-up in foul territory from Barton.

 

Leclerc smacked his seventh double into the right-field corner to start things off in the fifth and moved to third on McArthur’s grounder. Freshman Ryan Watson then replaced Haviland, who threw 102 pitches over 4.1 innings (six hits, five runs, three hit batters, three strikeouts). Jeroloman’s second sacrifice fly enabled Leclerc to score.

 

Jeroloman and Pride drew consecutive walks to begin the Gator sixth and Watson fanned freshman pinch hitter Cody Neer (Orlando, Fla.) before giving way to junior Jason Brown. A throwing error by the catcher enabled Jeroloman to take third before the reliever had Dickey fly out to center. Gaski came through with a two-out RBI single for a six-run cushion.

 

Harvard mounted a two-out rally in the eighth in which it scored two runs on three hits. Senior pinch hitter Matt Brunning sliced a single to left and sophomore Matt Vance doubled to left to bring across the Crimson’s first run. Senior Morgan Brown punched an RBI single to narrow the gap to 6-2 but was thrown out attempting to steal second. 

 

In the home part of the eighth, the Gators tallied four runs on four hits to complete the scoring at 10-2. Woods beat out an infield hit and Leclerc followed with his second double of the afternoon to give the Gators a 7-2 lead. After a flyout to the warning track by McArthur, Jeroloman walked and Pride was hit to load the bases. Sophomore pinch hitter Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) singled through the right side to score Leclerc and a grounder by Dickey plated Jeroloman. Gaski’s infield hit brought in Pride with the final run of the ballgame.  

 

Senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) returned to the lineup and pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to nail down the victory. Florida out-hit the Crimson (0-2), 13-6, as Barton (2-for-4), Dickey (2-for-5), Gaski (2-for-2) and Leclerc (2-for-3, two runs) led the way. Senior Lance Salsgiver was 2-for-4 to pace Harvard. Junior Kris Gawriluk (Deltona, Fla.) (0-2, 3.65) will oppose senior Javier Castellanos (0-2, 7.32 in 2005) in tomorrow’s series finale that starts at noon.

 

Game Notes

  • Bryan Augenstein caught Matt Vance in the third for his first career pickoff.
  • Nine different Gators contributed at least one hit.
  • Florida was hit five more times today, giving it 35 HBP on the season.
  • Matt LaPorta missed his 11th straight contest.
  • UF reached double-digits in hits for the first time since a 10-3 win over Ohio State on Feb. 25, when it had 14.

 

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