Florida (22-18/5-10 SEC) erupted for a
season-high 20 hits, including at least one by every starter, to salvage the
finale of its weekend series at Tennessee
(21-15/5-9 SEC) with a 15-4 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Easter Sunday.
The Gators snapped a three-game slide in league play by scoring in six
different innings, highlighted by a seven-run rally with two down in the
seventh to break open an 8-4 game.
players contributed multiple-hit efforts, including three-hit performances by
junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.)
(3-for-5, four RBI, three runs), junior Brian Jeroloman (Wellington,
Fla.) (3-for-5, two runs, one RBI), junior Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) (3-for-5, two runs,
one RBI) and sophomore Bryson Barber
Fla.) (3-for-5, one RBI).
Sophomore Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) improved to 4-0 by allowing four hits and two
runs (one earned) in 3.1 innings in relief of freshman starter Chas Spottswood (Key West, Fla.)
(3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). Junior David Hurst (Jacksonville,
Fla.) threw 2.2 scoreless and
hitless innings to nail down the win.
The Gators scored first for the
third-straight time in the series with a single tally in the opening frame. Junior
Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) extended his hitting streak to
nine games with a leadoff double against freshman Josh Lindblom
(4-3) and scored on LaPorta’s one-out single into
UF tacked on four more runs on four
hits in the third to build a 5-0 advantage. Jeroloman
opened with a leadoff single through the right side and LaPorta
smacked his first double of the season before junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.)
lofted a sacrifice fly to center. Petrie sliced an RBI single into left to
score LaPorta and took second on a wild pitch. Junior
Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.)
stepped to the dish and jacked his team-leading eighth homer of the year over
the right-field wall for the five-run lead. The round-tripper raised Dickey’s
hitting streak to nine games and was his first dinger since March 25 at South Carolina.
Tennessee countered in the bottom of the
third with a pair of runs on two hits and two errors against Spottswood for a 5-2 deficit. Freshman Cody Brown reached
on a throwing error to start things off and was sacrificed to second by
classmate Jarred Frazier. A groundout by sophomore Julio Borbon
pushed Brown to third and Spottswood issued a walk to
freshman Tony Delmonico. Senior Chris Kemp poked a
single to right that drove in Brown and Delmonico
scored all the way from first on another Gator miscue. After an infield hit by
sophomore J.P. Arencibia, Spottswood
had freshman Ryan Jones line out to short.
Lindblom was lifted prior to the fourth
after being tagged for eight hits and five runs over three innings and the
Gators added another run off sophomore Ty Pryor. The
reliever issued a one-out walk to Davis and committed
a throwing error on Jeroloman’s infield hit, allowing
Davis to come
across with the sixth run. LaPorta ripped his
season-high third hit of the afternoon to move Jeroloman
into scoring position before Pryor retired Leclerc
Florida moved in front by a 7-2 count in
the fifth. Junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.) punched
a single into left with one down and sophomore Matt Gaski (Greensboro,
N.C.) drew a free pass with two outs
sent a high chopper to third base. Davis
beat the throw to first and Cash was safe at home on the ensuing relay throw.
Pryor then walked Jeroloman to fill the sacks and was
replaced by sophomore Chase Hardin. The move paid off when the right-hander
induced a fly out by LaPorta to leaves the bags
In the sixth, Dickey’s first sacrifice fly of the campaign brought home Petrie for an 8-2
cushion. Petrie had singled to center with one down, stole second and advanced
to third on a throwing error by Arencibia. Arencibia led off the home portion of the frame with his seventh
homer off Edmondson. Jones followed with a single to left and Edmundson reached on an error for runners on the corners
with none out. Senior Michael Rivera grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that
scored Jones for an 8-4 margin.
The Gators exploded for seven runs
with two out in the seventh to balloon their lead to 15-4. Barber started the
stanza with a single through the right side but was erased on Gaski’s fielder’s choice. After Davis flew out, Gaski
notched his second stolen base of the season. Jeroloman
drove in his teammate with an RBI double and the Vols
elected to walk LaPorta intentionally. The move
backfired when Leclerc stroked a run-scoring single
into left center, ending the afternoon for Hardin (2.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER). Petrie greeted junior Sean Watson with his second
homer into the left-field bleachers for a 13-4 advantage. Dickey followed with
a bloop double into shallow center field and Cash
walked before back-to-back RBI singles by Barber and Gaski
completed the scoring at 15-4.
Florida held a commanding 20-6 edge in
hits, as Davis
(2-for-5, two runs), Dickey (2-for-5, three RBI, two runs) and Cash (2-for-5,
two runs) also had multi-hit outings. Arencibia went
2-for-4 to lead the Vols. The Gators will visit No. 2 Florida State (33-5/13-4 ACC entering
Sunday) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in their final midweek game of the season.
The contest will be carried live from Dick Howser
Stadium on Sun Sports. The Seminoles posted a 6-4 victory in the first meeting
at McKethan Stadium on Feb. 28.
- Florida’s 20 hits were its most since
totaling 21 in the 23-3 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Gainesville
Regional final on June 5, 2005.
- The Gators are now 5-10 at the halfway point of
the SEC regular season.
- UF is now 2-3 on Sundays in league action.
- Adam Davis and Gavin Dickey now boast nine-game
- The seven runs in the seventh marked the third
time this season Florida
scored seven in a frame.