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Saturday April 8, 2006Augenstein Goes Distance As No. 19 Baseball Knots Series At No. 23 Kentucky, 6-4

Lexington, KY

Sophomore Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.) threw his third complete game of the season to help No. 19 Florida (20-15/4-7 SEC) even its series with No. 23 Kentucky (24-8/6-5 SEC) with a 6-4 victory on Saturday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Augenstein (7-2) registered nine strikeouts, scattered seven hits and held the Wildcats scoreless over the final six innings to collect his second-straight win and end a three-game losing streak for UF.

 

Junior Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.) was 2-for-5 with a career-high two home runs and equaled his career best of four RBI for the Gators, while junior Sean Coughlin went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs for UK. Sophomore right-hander Greg Dombrowski (5-1, 1.65 ERA) will start tomorrow’s finale at 1 p.m. for the Wildcats against a Florida pitcher to be determined.

 

Back-to-back solo homers in the first by Jeroloman and Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) off senior Craig Snipp gave the Gators a quick lead. Jeroloman connected on his fourth round-tripper over the right-field wall and LaPorta launched his sixth homer over the 340-foot sign in left field. It was the first time this season that the Gators belted consecutive home runs.  

 

UF plated four more runs in the second, highlighted by a three-run bomb from Jeroloman, to take a 6-0 lead. Junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) singled up the middle with one down and junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) reached on an error before Snipp fanned sophomore Matt Gaski (Greensboro, N.C.). An RBI single by junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) scored Petrie and Jeroloman followed with his second homer of the contest to right to clear the bases. It was the third three-run blast of the campaign for Jeroloman and the first time in his career with a multiple-homer outing.

 

Kentucky answered in the bottom of the second on Coughlin’s two-run homer to get on the board. Junior Ryan Strieby led off with a single up the middle and Coughlin cranked his seventh big fly of the season to right off Augenstein for a 6-2 count.   

 

In the third, sophomore Collin Cowgill stroked a one-out single to left and junior Billy Grace walked before Augenstein had Strieby ground out. Coughlin lofted a ball to left field that was misplayed for a two-run double, trimming the Gators’ lead to 6-4.

                                                            

The Wildcats threatened in the fifth by loading the bases with one down but came away empty-handed. Grace reached on a throwing error, Strieby earned a free pass and Coughlin punched a single to right to fill the sacks. Augenstein worked out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play by junior John Shelby.

 

LaPorta was called out on strikes in the seventh, leading to the ejection of McMahon. The move fired up the Gators, as Augenstein set down the Wildcats in order in the home portion of the inning on six pitches. Florida squandered a golden opportunity by failing to score with the bases full and none out in the eighth. Junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.), sophomore Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) and Petrie started the frame with consecutive base-hits to fill the bags. Snipp jammed Dickey on a foul pop-up and had Gaski ground into a 6-4-3 double play to keep the margin at 6-4.

 

Coughlin led off UK’s eighth with a single and senior Michael Bertram walked with one down before Augenstein fanned senior Shaun Lehmann and sophomore Ryan Wilkes to increase his strikeout total to eight. The right-hander put down the ‘Cats 1-2-3 in the ninth to seal the victory. Florida held a 10-8 advantage in hits, as Petrie (2-for-4, one run) joined Jeroloman with multiple hits. Snipp (4-2) fired his second complete-game for Kentucky, giving up 10 hits and six runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts and one walk.

 

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