(28-28/10-20 SEC) celebrated Senior Day at McKethan
Stadium in fine fashion on Saturday afternoon by posting a 10-5 victory over
LSU (34-22/13-17 SEC). The win enabled the Gators to earn their first series
triumph over the Tigers since the 1998 campaign. Despite the setback, LSU
earned the final berth into next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament as a
result of Ole Miss’ 13-11 decision over Mississippi State.
Sophomore Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.)
had a career-high four RBI and finished 2-for-4, highlighted by his first homer
of the season, a two-run blast in the eighth. Senior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.)
closed his career with a 2-for-5 outing and scored twice, junior Brian Jeroloman
(Wellington, Fla.) was 2-for-5 with two RBI, junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.) was 2-for-5 and junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.)
(1-for-4) equaled his career-best of two stolen bases. Sophomore Chas Spottswood (Key West, Fla.)
threw 1.2 scoreless innings to notch his second win, while LSU freshman Louis
Coleman moved to 5-5 with the defeat.
opened the scoring on a wild pitch by freshman starter J.K. LaCoste (Jacksonville, Fla.)
in the third inning. Senior Will Harris stroked a leadoff single into left and
was sacrificed into scoring position on a bunt by senior Bruce Sprowl. A grounder by sophomore Michael Hollander pushed
his teammate to third and LaCoste’s pitch to freshman
J.T. Wise was too high for Jeroloman, enabling Harris
to score. LaCoste caught Wise looking on strikes to
end the frame.
Florida seized a 2-1 lead in the home
portion of the inning on two runs and three hits. Barton beat out an infield
hit to start the inning and stole second before sophomore Brandon McArthur (Seffner,
Fla.) drew a walk from Coleman.
A fielder’s choice by senior Chris Woods
(Gainesville, Fla.) forced McArthur at second but left
the Gators with runners on the corners. Junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.)
sliced an RBI single through the right side and a bunt single from Jeroloman plated Woods with the go-ahead run.
took over for LaCoste (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R) at the
outset of the fourth and pitched out of a jam by having sophomore Jordan Mayer
ground into an inning-ending double play. In the fifth, Harris punched a double
down the left-field and went to third on Sprowl’s
ground out. After Spottswood issued a walk to
Hollander, he was replaced by sophomore Josh
Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.), who had Wise ground out to close
the stanza. Spottswood limited the Tigers to one hit
over 2.1 frames and issued three walks.
tacked on two more runs in the fifth to build a 4-1 cushion. Woods led off with
a sharp single to left and Davis
popped up a bunt attempt to the catcher. With Woods running, Jeroloman poked his seventh double of the year and
collected his second RBI of the game to drive in his teammate from first base.
A fly ball to the warning track by junior Matt
was enough to move Jeroloman to third and Barber was
hit by a pitch for a pair of UF runners aboard. Cash rifled a double into right
center for a three-run lead and Coleman prevented further scoring by having
Dickey fly out to left.
Steven Waguespack connected on his third homer of the season, a solo shot with
two down in the sixth, to pull LSU within 4-2. Florida answered with three runs in the bottom
of the frame on three hits for a 7-2 margin. Barton started things off with a
double and McArthur smacked a base-hit into right center before Woods lofted a
sac fly into left. A walk to Davis
resulted in senior Chase Dardar coming out of the
bullpen for Coleman, who surrendered eight hits and seven runs over 5.1
innings, with two walks and a strikeout. A deep fly by Jeroloman
advanced both McArthur and Davis into scoring position and the Tigers elected
to walk LaPorta intentionally. The move back-fired
when Barber ripped a two-run single into right field to bring in two more runs
for a five-run advantage.
The Bayou Bengals totaled three hits in the seventh and scored a run
courtesy of an RBI single by Hollander. Sprowl laced
a two-out double, came across on Hollander’s base-knock and Wise came through
with a single to give LSU runners on first and third. Edmondson had Stewart tap
out to first to hold the count at 7-3 . A two-out
error on Woods’ grounder in the bottom of the seventh allowed Dickey to come
across with UF’s eighth run.
double with two down in the eighth by Harris off junior reliever David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.)
reduced the Tigers’ deficit to 8-5. Liuzza led off
with a single to end the afternoon for Edmondson, who permitted five hits and
three runs over 2.1 innings. Freshman pinch hitter Robert Lara greeted Hurst with a single up the
middle and the southpaw answered by retiring Mayer and freshman Jarred Bogany. Harris poked Hurst’s
first pitch to straightaway center for a two-bagger to pick up two RBI.
After LaPorta singled to third base off freshman Darryl Shaffer
to open the Florida’s
eighth trip to the dish, Barber launched the right-hander’s 2-0 pitch over the
wall in right to finalize the margin at 10-5. Senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville,
Fla.) entered for Hurst in the ninth and punctuated his
outstanding Gator career by putting down the Tigers 1-2-3 to finish with a
team-low earned run average of 2.91, the third-straight year he led the