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Saturday April 29, 2006Baseball Drops Game Two To Georgia, 9-3

Gainesville, FL

Georgia (27-16/9-11 SEC) clinched its weekend series at Florida (24-22/6-14 SEC) on Saturday afternoon with a 9-3 victory at McKethan Stadium. The Bulldogs plated four runs in the opening frame and built a 6-0 lead before UF got on the board with a three-run homer in the fifth by junior Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.). Senior Rip Warren (6-2) threw 4.1 no-hit innings to pick up the victory, while five players turned in multiple-hit outings as part of UGA’s 15-hit offensive attack. Freshman right-hander Chas Spottswood (Key West, Fla.) (1-2, 7.52) will take the ball in tomorrow’s finale at 1 p.m. on Sun Sports for the Gators against freshman Jason Leaver (1-1, 4.26).


“We have approached each game as another challenge to battle through and persevere,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “It is the little things, like the structural aspects of the game, which are correctable. I am proud of Bryan (Augenstein) and the way he has emerged this year. He has been a tremendous asset to us.”


Georgia raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first on four hits and an error against sophomore Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.). Junior Jonathan Wyatt drew a leadoff walk, junior Joey Side singled up the middle and sophomore Gordon Beckham reached on a fielding miscue to load the bases. After Wyatt was forced at home on junior Josh Morris’ fielder’s choice, senior Bobby Felmy delivered a base-hit through the right side to open the scoring. A grounder to short by Jason Jacobs brought across Beckham and sophomore Matt Olson roped a two-run single to right field for a four-run margin. The ninth batter of the inning, sophomore Ryan Peisel, lofted a single into shallow left but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. 


The Gators threatened in the second but could push anything across against junior right-hander Brooks Brown. Junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) and junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.) opened the frame with consecutive singles and were sacrificed into scoring position by junior Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.). Brown responded with a strikeout of sophomore Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) and had junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) ground out.


Morris blasted his team-leading 16th homer into the left-field bleachers with one down in the third to provide the Dawgs with a 5-0 lead. One inning later, Georgia extended its lead to 6-0 on a sacrifice fly by Wyatt that scored Peisel, who had poked a one-out single into center field.


Augenstein (8-4) allowed seven hits and six runs (three earned) over four innings, his shortest stint of the season. The right-hander had three strikeouts and issued a pair of walks. Sophomore reliever Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) permitted a one-out single to Morris, walked Felmy and gave up a base-knock to Jacobs to fill the sacks. The sidearm specialist worked out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.


The Gators pulled to within 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth on LaPorta’s 11th homer, a three-run bomb onto the roof of the batting cage. Sophomore Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) opened the inning with a single into left but was forced at second on junior Adam Davis’ (Fort Myers, Fla.) fielder’s choice. After senior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.) reached on a UGA error, LaPorta cranked a 1-0 offering from Brown out of the yard for the 51st round-tripper of his career. With two down, Cash singled and Jeroloman walked before Barber was plunked to fill the bases and prompt a pitching change. Warren took over for Brown (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER) and had Petrie fly out to leave the sacks full.


Morris reached on a fielding error to begin the eighth, ending Edmondson’s time on the hill. The righty threw two scoreless frames in which he allowed four hits. Junior David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.) had Felmy ground into a 6-4-3 double play and Jacobs ground out to second to hold the Gators’ deficit at three runs.


The Bulldogs added another run in the eighth to seize a 7-3 advantage. Senior pinch hitter Kyle Keen walked to start things off and Peisel singled before senior Matthew Dunn laid down a sacrifice bunt for runners on second and third. Wyatt followed with a sac fly into right to score Keen and bring senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) out of the bullpen. O’Day’s 110th career appearance began with a fly out to left by Side.


Georgia tacked on a couple more insurance runs with two down in the ninth on a two-run single by Keen. Felmy had jump-started the two-out outburst with a single through the right side and Jacobs doubled to left center. Keen boosted the Bulldogs’ lead to six runs by poking O’Day’s 2-2 pitch into right field. The visitors out-hit the Gators, 15-6, led by Peisel’s 3-for-5 effort. Cash went 2-for-3 for Florida, raising his average to .400 in SEC play.


Game Notes

  • Florida has dropped its last six SEC series and is now 3-11 against the Eastern Division.
  • Bryan Augenstein had worked at least seven innings in 10 of his 11 previous starts.
  • Matt LaPorta now has three homers in his career versus Georgia.
  • Florida fell to 17-14 at McKethan Stadium this year.






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