Saturday April 22, 2006Augenstein Collects Eighth Win As Baseball Evens Series With Auburn, 4-1
Junior Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the sixth and sophomore Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.) worked seven strong innings as Florida (24-19/6-11 SEC) downed Auburn (19-23/7-10 SEC), 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. After the Tigers clawed within 2-1 in the eighth, the home team responded with a pair of insurance runs to even the series. Junior right-hander Chris Dennis (2-3, 5.95) will pitch Sunday’s rubber game for the Tigers against a UF pitcher to be determined.
“Bryan (Augenstein) competed very well today,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “He found a way to throw quality pitches when he needed to, and it shows how he has grown as a pitcher. This club has faced adversity in a lot of ways, and they keep finding a way to get it done in the end.”
Augenstein (8-3) raised his record to 5-2
following a Gator defeat by limiting
Helped by a diving stab in right
field by junior Brian Leclerc (
LaPorta opened the scoring with one down in
the sixth when he cranked his ninth homer of the campaign to left center.
Junior Brian Jeroloman
Sophomore Josh Stapleton deposited his
third double of the season just inside the left-field line to start the eighth,
ending the afternoon for Augenstein. The right-hander
worked at least seven frames for the 10th time in 11 starts this season. Augenstein notched six K, walked three batters and was
charged with one run. O’Day retired Johnstone and freshman pinch hitter Ben Jones on consecutive
fly outs before Bianucci trimmed the deficit to 2-1
with a flare into shallow right field just beyond sophomore Matt Gaski’s (
The Gators added two runs on three hits in the home portion of the inning to seize a 4-1 advantage. Jeroloman earned a free pass from junior Peter Wiggins, who took over for Crawford (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 6 K, 3 BB) at the beginning of the inning, and a single by LaPorta gave UF two runners on base. Cash doubled to the left-field wall to score Jeroloman and Petrie poked an RBI single to plate LaPorta with the fourth run.
Each squad totaled seven hits apiece. LaPorta was 2-for-3 with two runs and a couple of RBI and Cash went 2-for-4 for the Gators, while freshman Luke Greinke was 2-for-4 to lead AU.