sophomore Robbie Elsemiller caught Florida junior
All-American Matt LaPorta
(Port Charlotte, Fla.) looking on
strikes with the tying run on third base to preserve the Hatters’ (11-12) 7-6
victory over the ninth-ranked Gators (17-8) on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. Junior Nathan Nery
(3-2) went six innings to pick up the win, while Elsemiller
kept UF scoreless over 1.2 innings and stranded a total of three runners to
earn his fifth save. Freshman Brian Pruitt was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer to
lead the Hatters’ 13-hit attack.
ourselves in position to be successful by battling back,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “Unfortunately, we ran out
of outs tonight. There were some miscues early and some at bats that could have
gone differently but we kept fighting back and that will win out for us in the
jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning on three hits and a pair of
two-out Gator errors. Senior Nick Palmisano led off
with a single through the right side and Pruitt connected on sophomore Tommy Wynn’s (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
next pitch and sent it over the left field wall for his second home run of the
season. After allowing a single to junior Adam Tindle
and a one-out walk to freshman Brad Pippa, Wynn (0-1,
1.1 IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER) was lifted for redshirt freshman
Matt Hightower (Cartersville, Ga.). The southpaw retired junior Shane Jordan on a
liner to third for the second out but consecutive fielding errors at short
enabled the Hatters to tack on two unearned runs.
visitors increased their lead to 5-0 in the third on a two-out single up the
middle by sophomore Charley Olson. Pruitt singled to right center with one down
and moved into scoring position on Tindle’s grounder.
The Gators answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on homers by
junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville,
Fla.) and junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers,
Fla.). Petrie socked Nery’s initial pitch of the stanza to left for his first
round-tripper at Florida and Davis tagged a two-run blast into the bleachers with
two down for his fourth homer and second in as many games.
first appearance since March 8, freshman J.K.
Fla.) worked 1.1 scoreless innings before
sophomore Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.)
took over on the hill with one out in the fifth. After Pruitt greeted the
reliever with his third hit of the game, the right-hander buckled down to
retire Tindle (flyout) and
Olson (strikeout) to strand two Hatters.
Junior Austin Pride (Longwood, Fla.)
pulled the Gators to within 5-4 in the fifth on his third homer of the
campaign. Petrie had punched a one-out single and hustled to second on a
fielding error when the ball rolled into the outfield. Pride followed with a
towering shot into the left-field bleachers.
seized a 7-4 advantage in the seventh on four hits, including back-to-back
two-out RBI singles. Sophomore Chris Johnson singled up the middle and Palmisano doubled to the wall in center for runners on
second and third. Edmondson came through with an important strikeout of Pruitt
before Tindle and Olson punched base-hits for the
three-run Hatter lead. Senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville,
Fla.) had Pippa
fly out to right to end the frame.
Florida closed the gap to 7-6 in home
portion of the inning on a two-run double by Pride. Senior Greg Quatrino (Tampa, Fla.)
opened with a pinch-hit single, prompting a pitching change. Stetson’s usual
Friday night starter, junior Chris Ingoglia, entered
the ballgame and permitted a single to Petrie and a two-run double to Pride to
reduce Stetson’s lead to one run. The lefty worked out of the jam and stranded
Pride on second by putting down the trio of sophomore pinch hitter Matt Gaski (Greensboro, N.C.)
(strikeout), Davis (foul pop-up) and junior Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
(flyout to the warning track
fanned junior Brian Jeroloman
(Wellington, Fla.) to start UF’s
eighth and was replaced by Elsemiller. The
right-hander walked junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.) on four
pitches and junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater,
Fla.) stroked a single
through the right side for runners on the corners. Elsewinner
rebounded to strike out sophomore pinch hitter Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) and Petrie to
preserve the 7-6 lead.
Florida threatened again in the ninth, as Gaski ripped a one-out double down the left-field line. After
Elsemiller had Davis
fly out to center, he uncorked a wild pitch to push Gaski
to third. Facing the dangerous LaPorta, the righty froze the slugger on a 2-2 curve ball to close the
Pruitt, four other players chipped in with two hits for Stetson: Johnson
(2-for-5), Olson (2-for-4, two RBI), Palmisano
(2-for-5, two runs) and Tindle (2-for-5, one run, one
RBI). Petrie finished 3-for-4 with three runs to pace the Gators, while Pride
(2-for-4) equaled his season hit of four RBI. Edmondson (2.1 IP, 5H, 2R) and O’Day (2.1 IP, 1H, 0R) each worked 2.1 innings for the
Florida resumes Southeastern Conference this weekend when it heads
to Columbia, S.C., for a series against Eastern Division
rival No. 7 South Carolina (17-3/2-1 SEC). Friday’s opener from Sarge Frye Field will begin at 7 p.m.
- Tonight was the fourth-straight
game that UF’s opponent has scored first.
- Tommy Wynn was making his first
start since May 11, 2005, at South Florida
(0.1 IP, 4H, 7R, 3BB).
- The 13 hits were the most
allowed by the Gators since Wake
Forest totaled 14 in
a 4-0 win on Feb. 26.
- Florida dropped to 4-4 in one-run games.
- UF’s three homers were its
second-most this season, as the squad had four versus Cincinnati on Feb. 12.