spirited crowd of 6,210 fans at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Tuesday
night, North Florida (18-14) rallied for three
runs with two down in the eighth inning to upend No. 19 Florida (19-14), 6-5. With
the bases loaded and two out, sophomore Chad
Knight delivered a two-run single off senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) to tie
the game and senior Grant Rogers followed with a base-hit to bring across
classmate Jonathan Hodach with the decisive run. The
Ospreys received 3.1 scoreless innings from redshirt
freshman John Frawley (1-0) to win the first-ever
meeting between the programs. O’Day (2-1) failed to
convert a save for the first time in seven tries this season.
game scoreless, UNF threatened in the third when sophomore Andy Warren led off
with an infield hit and raced over to second when the Gators were not paying
attention. Freshman Chas Spottswood (Key
retired the next three hitters, including an inning-ending strikeout of sophomore
Matt Oxendine, to keep the contest scoreless.
opened the scoring in the fourth with three runs on four hits. Senior Brennan
Grogan began the frame with a single into shallow right field and moved into
scoring position with his team-leading eighth stolen base. Spottswood
caught junior Jimmy Glanville looking on strikes and then yielded a base-hit
into right to his counterpart, sophomore Travis Martin, before being replaced
by sophomore Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.).
Hodach greeted the reliever with a one-out RBI single
into left and Warren
roped a two-run double with two down for a 3-0 UNF lead. Spottswood
allowed three hits and was charged with two runs over 3.1 innings, with five
strikeouts and zero walks.
scattering four hits over four shutout innings, Martin had to leave the mound
prior to the fifth with an injury to his right index finger and was replaced by
senior Jared Incinelli. Junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) started things off with his third double of the
season and sophomore Matt Gaski (Greensboro,
N.C.) sliced a base-hit for
runners on the corners. An RBI grounder by junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville,
Fla.) scored Dickey with the
Gators’ first run.
Junior David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.)
took over for Edmondson (0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R) in the fifth and permitted
back-to-back one-out singles to Oxendine and Grogan.
The southpaw set down Glanville on a fly out to right and whiffed Martin.
sixth resulted in a 5-3 lead for the Gators. Consecutive walks to juniors Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.) and
(Clearwater, Fla.) ended the night for Incinelli (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R).
Junior Josh Papelbon struck out junior David Cash (Odessa,
Fla.) but surrendered a single through the
left side to senior Stephen Barton
(Miami, Fla.), loading the bases with one down. Dickey bashed a ground-rule
double over the right-field wall to even the score, Gaski
delivered a grounder to bring across Barton with the go-ahead run and an
infield hit by junior Adam Davis’ (Fort
Myers, Fla.) scored Dickey. After Davis
moved into scoring position with a stolen base, freshman John Frawley entered the ballgame for Papelbon
(0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R). The righty
had Petrie tap out to close the stanza.
for an insurance run in the seventh was denied when Leclerc
was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Leclerc
had reached on a two-out error and Cash laid down a bunt in front of the plate.
As Cash raced down to first and crossed the bag, the relay throw eluded the
first baseman. Leclerc tried to seize the opportunity
to score but was gunned down by senior Brett Maloley.
(3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 K) yielded a leadoff single in
the eighth to Grogan, McMahon summoned O’Day from the
bullpen. Glanville stroked a single into right and junior pinch hitter Andrew
Chapman popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt for the first out and Hodach earned a free pass to fill the sacks. O’Day punched out junior Brandon Diaz and Knight knotted
the game at 5-5 with a two-run single up the middle. Rogers followed with a single through the
left side to give the Ospreys the one-run victory.
totaled 11 hits, as Grogan was 3-for-4 to lead UNF. The trio of Cash, Dickey
and Gaski contributed two hits apiece for the Gators,
who dropped their second straight outing. Florida
heads back into Southeastern Conference play on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. when
they begin a weekend series at Eastern Division rival Kentucky (22-7). The Wildcats are 5-4 in
league play, while the Orange
and Blue is 3-6. UK
is coached by former Gator assistant John
- Florida fell to 0-3 against members of the Atlantic Sun
- The Gators dropped their fourth
straight road game.
- UF had been 8-for-8 in save
situations entering tonight.