its winning streak to a season-high five games on Sunday afternoon with a 17-6
triumph over Harvard at McKethan Stadium. The Gators
(14-6) used a seven-run fifth and pounded out a season-high 18 hits, including
seven doubles, to complete a three-game sweep of the Crimson (0-3). Eight of UF’s nine position starters chipped in with at least one
hit, while sophomore Brandon McArthur
Fla.) (3-for-5) and junior Austin Pride (Longwood, Fla.)
drove in four runs apiece.
Florida batted .373 (38-for-102) on the
weekend, with 39 runs, 24 walks, 11 doubles and seven hit-by-pitches. The trio of junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.)
(3-for-4, four runs, two RBI), junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.)
(3-for-5, three RBI), and senior Stephen Barton (Miami,
Fla.) (2-for-5, three
RBI, three runs) led the way as the Gators notched back-to-back double-digit
hit outputs for the first time all season.
Florida jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in
the first inning. Davis
led off with a walk and reached third on a throwing error by senior pitcher
Javier Castellanos. Barton roped his second double of
the season to right center to open the scoring and Leclerc
earned a free pass. A fielder’s choice by McArthur forced Leclerc
at second but pushed Barton to third. A bunt single up the third-base line by
junior Brian Jeroloman
brought across the second run.
UF’s lead in half in the second on an RBI triple by
freshman Matt Rogers. Junior Brendan Bryne had
doubled to left with one down off junior
Kris Gawriluk (Deltona,
Fla.) (3.0 IP, six hits,
three runs) and Rogers
delivered a three-bagger to the right-field corner to score his teammate. A
two-out single by Davis in the bottom of the
inning scored junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville,
Fla.), who had led off with a
base-hit, for a 3-1 Gator lead.
evened the game with a two-out rally in the third in which they produced two
runs. Senior Lance Salsgiver doubled down the
left-field line and sophomore Steffan Wilson followed with
another two-bagger into left to narrow the gap to 3-2. A single up the middle
by senior Josh Klimkiewicz knotted the contest at
countered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to seize a 7-3 advantage. Petrie
started things off with a double and took third on a flyout
by junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.).
Sophomore Matt Gaski
N.C.) walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch and then Davis earned a free pass
to fill the sacks. Castellanos rebounded to strike
out Barton, only to have Leclerc stroke a two-run
double to move Florida
in front. McArthur greeted senior reliever Matt Brunnig
with a two-run single through the left side for a four-run cushion. Castellanos (0-1) worked 3.2 innings, surrendering eight
hits and seven runs, with four walks and two strikeouts.
an unearned run in the fifth when Salsgiver scored
all the way from first on an errant pickoff throw by junior reliever Patrick Thompson (Gainesville, Fla.).
Junior David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.)
had worked a scoreless fourth in which he allowed two hits and collected his
first victory as a Gator.
with seven runs on six hits and a walk, all with two out, in the home portion
of the fifth for a 14-4 margin. Gaski and Dickey
roped back-to-back doubles off Brunnig and Barton
connected on an RBI single. After Barton stole second and moved to third on a
wild pitch, Leclerc delivered a run-scoring
base-knock through the right side of the infield. A throwing error by the
pitcher on a pickoff try resulted in Leclerc winding
up on third and McArthur’s first double of the season gave Florida an 11-4 lead and chased Brunnig (1.0 IP, six hits, five runs). Jeroloman
drew a walk from senior Mike Dukovich and Pride
jacked a three-run bomb to left center for a 10-run margin. The homer was his
second of the season.
tacked on three more runs on three hits and HBP in the sixth. Freshman pinch
hitter Avery Barnes (High
Springs, Fla.) opened the
frame with an infield hit and Davis’
second double of the game pushed his teammate over to third. Barton’s ground
ball scored Barnes and a two-out single by McArthur gave the sophomore four RBI
for the second time in the series. Jeroloman walked
to load the bases, prompting another Harvard pitching change, as Brown came in
from shortstop to the mound. The hurler plunked Pride to plate Barton with the
scored two unearned runs in the eighth off junior reliever Steven Porter (Ocoee,
Fla.) (1.0 IP, one hit) to
finalize the 17-6 margin. Senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) had worked two scoreless innings, with two K
and two hits before Porter and sophomore Josh
Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) kept Harvard off the board in the
ninth to end the game. The Gators will travel to Orlando
for a meeting with UCF on Tuesday night before opening Southeastern Conference
play against Arkansas
on Friday night.
- Florida improved to 11-6 at McKethan
Stadium this season.
- Matt LaPorta
missed his 12th consecutive game with a strained oblique muscle.
- The seven doubles were the most
for the Gators since May 7, 2002, against South
- The 17 runs were the
second-highest total this season for UF, behind 20 in a 20-4 win over Cincinnati on Feb.