Friday March 23, 2007Baseball Works Extra To Defeat No. 21 Auburn, 8-7
Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) snapped a 7-7 tie with a two-out RBI single in
the 10th to lift Florida (12-13/2-2 SEC) to an 8-7 victory over No. 21 Auburn
(18-7/0-4 SEC) on Friday night in front of 3,187 fans at Plainsman Park.
Sophomore Patrick Keating (
Senior Chris Dennis (1-2) started the 10th for the Tigers and issued back-to-back walks to freshman Matt den Dekker (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.). After Leclerc's fielder's choice forced Townsend at second and pushed den Dekker to third, senior Matt LaPorta (
The Tigers had totaled three runs on three hits in the first stanza against junior Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.), highlighted by a two-run homer by freshman Dustin Spruill. Senior Bruce Edwards led off with an infield single and swiped his 12th stolen base to move into scoring position. Sophomore Luke Greinke followed with an RBI single up the middle to break the ice before Augenstein popped up Josh Donaldson and struck out sophomore Mike Bianucci. Spruill belted the next offering over the wall in right center for his first career home run and a 3-0 lead.
The Gators came storming back with five runs on four hits and knocked out Woodall in the fourth to seize a 7-4 advantage. Senior Chris Petrie (
The hosts knotted the game at 7-7 in the sixth with three runs on three hits. Freshman Robert Brooks walked with one down and came across on senior Andy Bennett's double. Sophomore pinch hitter Ben Jones earned a free pass and freshman Eric Skinner and Edwards roped consecutive run-scoring singles to end the evening for Augenstein. Over 5.1 innings, the righty yielded eight hits and seven runs, with six strikeouts and matched a career high by permitting four walks. Junior Josh Edmondson (
In the bottom of the stanza, the Gators worked out of a difficult situation in which the Tigers had runners on the corners with one down. Bianucci walked, stole second and took third on a base-hit by Spruill. With runners on the corners, Edmondson (1.1 IP, 1 H) came through with a crucial strikeout of Brooks and was replaced by senior Steven Porter (
Skinner launched his first career triple into left center with one out in the eighth but was stranded when Porter struck out Edwards and had Greinke ground out to Townsend. Keating took over for Porter (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) and set down AU in order to send the game into extra innings.
UF held an 11-10 advantage in hits, led by Leclerc's three hits and two apiece by LaPorta and Petrie. Edwards was 3-for-4 with three stolen bases and a couple of runs for the Tigers. Sophomore LHP Stephen Locke (