(34-20/13-15 SEC) snapped a 3-3 stalemate with four ninth-inning runs to hand Florida (26-28/8-20 SEC)
a 7-3 defeat on Thursday night at McKethan Stadium. Freshman
Jarred Bogany broke the tie with an run-scoring
single up the middle off senior reliever Darren
Fla.) and senior Bruce Sprowl (RBI single) and sophomore Michael Hollander
(two-run single) provided added insurance as the Tigers claimed the series
Chase Dardar (6-3) threw 2.1 scoreless innings to
pick up the victory, while senior Will Harris induced a game-ending double play
with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to collect his third save.
Sophomore Bryan Augenstein
(9-6) suffered a hard-luck loss despite pitching into the final frame. The
right-hander allowed eight hits and five runs (two earned) with six strikeouts
and three walks. Augenstein worked seven innings or
more for the 13th time in his 15 starts and now has 98 K.
drew first blood on sophomore Bryson
Barber’s (Pensacola, Fla.)
two-out single up the middle that brought across junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers,
Fla.) in the first inning. Davis had opened the game
with a walk and moved into scoring position with his team-leading ninth stolen
base. Barber punched junior Edgar Ramirez’s 2-1 offering into center field to
put UF on top.
second for LSU, senior Matt Liuzza stroked a leadoff
single into right center and junior Steven Waguespack followed with a flare
into left. Sophomore Jordan Mayer grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to advance Liuzza to third before Augenstein
caught Bogany looking on strikes to end the frame.
Florida threatened again in the home part
of the second but came away empty-handed. Junior David Cash (Odessa,
Fla.) sliced a one-out single
into left and took second when Ramirez was called for a balk. After sophomore Brandon McArthur (Seffner,
Fla.) earned a free pass for a pair of
runners aboard, Ramirez worked out of the jam with consecutive strikeouts of
junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville,
Fla.) and Davis.
defense prevented the Gators from adding to their lead in the fifth inning, as
the Tigers used an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to keep the margin at 1-0. McArthur
started things off with a base-hit into right and an infield hit with one down
by Davis put UF
in business. Ramirez snuffed out a potential scoring threat by inducing a
ground ball by junior Brian Jeroloman (Wellington,
Fla.) that resulted in two
collected his second hit of the game with one down in the sixth, advanced to
second base on a wild pitch and junior Gavin
Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.)
walked on four pitches. Ramirez had junior Brian
Fla.) ground into a 4-6-3
double play to close the stanza.
Helped by a
pair of Florida
errors, LSU seized a 3-1 lead in the seventh. Liuzza
led off with a base-knock to center and Waguespack reached on a Gator throwing
miscue. Mayer’s sacrifice bunt attempt went back to Augenstein,
who forced Liuzza at third. The right-hander retired Bogany on a fly out to right but senior Will Harris
delivered an RBI single to score Waguspack for the
tying run. A bobble on the play also allowed Mayer to come across to give the
Bayou Bengals the lead. Sprowl
stroked a run-scoring single up the middle for a two-run LSU cushion.
The Gators knotted
the game in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer by McArthur. After Cash
beat out an infield hit, McArthur blasted his second round-tripper of the
season, his first since opening night against Cincinnati. Senior pinch hitter Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.)
drew a walk and Davis
sliced a double down the left-field line to prompt a pitching change. In his
first start as a Tiger, Ramirez scattered eight hits and was charged with three
runs over six-plus innings. He issued four walks and registered four
strikeouts. Dardar had Jeroloman
line out to third and intentionally walked LaPorta to load the sacks. The maneuver paid off when
Barber grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to preserve the stalemate.
for four runs on four hits in the ninth to seize the victory. Waguspack lofted a Texas Leaguer
to start the inning and Mayer drew a walk to end Augenstein’s
tenure on the hill. Bogany greeted O’Day with an RBI single up the middle to give the Tigers a
4-3 advantage. After O’Day had Harris pop up to Jeroloman, Sprowl laced a
base-hit to right to bring in Mayer and Hollander poked a two-run single for a
Florida loaded the bases with one down in the ninth, as Davis singled, Jeroloman walked and LaPorta was
hit by a pitch. Harris came in from third base to replace Dardar
and had Barber ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play to end the game on
his first pitch.
11-9, and turned four double plays. Sprowl finished
3-for-5 with two RBI, while Bogany (2-for-4, one run,
one RBI), Liuzza (2-for-4) and Waguespack (2-for-4,
two runs) turned in multiple-hit outings. Davis
went 3-for-4 to lead the Gators, with Barber, Cash and McArthur chipping in
with a couple of hits apiece. UF stranded 10 runners, compared to six for the
Senior Bryan Ball (Punta Gorda, Fla.)
(4-9, 5.66) will oppose junior southpaw Clay Dirks (4-4, 4.74) on Friday night
at 6:30 p.m. and will tie Marc Valdes' school record of 55 starts by a
pitcher established during the 1991-93 seasons.
- Tonight was the first regular-season
meeting between the Gators and Tigers since March 16, 2003, an 8-8 tie in Baton Rouge.
- Florida dropped to 22-5 this year when scoring first.
- The Gators are now 17-16 at McKethan Stadium this season.
- Junior Adam Davis took over the
team lead with his 12th double.