(13-13/3-2 SEC) used a seven-run, seventh-inning outburst to hand No. 21 Auburn
(18-8/0-5 SEC) a 12-9 setback on Saturday afternoon before 2,917 fans at Plainsman Park. The victory clinched the weekend
series for the Gators, who will send freshman RHP Billy Bullock (Valrico,
5.33) to the mound in tomorrow’s finale at 3 p.m. against sophomore LHP Evan
Crawford (3-1, 4.56).
Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) was a career-high 4-for-4 with two runs, senior
(Clearwater, Fla.) went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a couple of runs,
while freshman Matt den Dekker (Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla.) snapped a 6-6 tie with a bases-loaded two-run single and
notched three RBI. Junior Josh Edmondson
(LaGrange, Ga.) matched a career-high with 4.2
innings of relief, giving up five hits and one earned run, to move to 2-1 on
the campaign. Senior David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.)
recorded the final two outs to pick up his second save. The Tigers committed a
season-high seven errors in dropping their 15th consecutive league contest.
Trailing 6-5 entering the seventh, Florida had three hits,
drew five walks and was hit once to take a 12-6 lead. After sophomore starter
Paul Burnside departed following six full innings in which he yielded eight
hits and five runs (two earned), Florida responded to the move with a seven-run
outburst to take control. Junior Bryson
Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) smoked a ball off sophomore Justin
Bristow (1-2) that glanced off freshman Robert Brooks’ glove at second and
moved over on a balk. Sophomore Avery Barnes
(High Springs, Fla.) was plunked for a pair of runners
aboard and Petrie’s fourth hit loaded the sacks with none out. Sophomore Cody Neer (Orlando, Fla.)
smashed a game-tying pinch-hit single and den Dekker followed with a two-run
knock into center to give Florida an 8-6 lead and prompt a pitching change.
Rookie Scott Shuman walked junior Jon
Townsend (London, Ky.) to load the bases again and issued
another free pass to Leclerc for a 9-6 count.
Freshman Cole Figueroa’s (Tallahassee,
Fla.) sacrifice fly brought in den Dekker for a four-run Florida cushion
and back-to-back walks to Barber and Barnes put UF up 11-6 and triggered
another change. Junior Josh Blake took over for Shuman (0.2 IP, 4 BB, 2 R) and walked freshman pinch hitter Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) for another score.
After Florida left
the bases loaded in the top of the first against Burnside, Auburn cashed in on its own opportunity with
the sacks full on a sacrifice fly by Brooks to open the scoring. Senior Bruce
Edwards and sophomore Luke Greinke had a consecutive
singles off sophomore Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.)
and junior Josh Donaldson walked to fill the bags with none out. The
left-hander forced Edwards at home when sophomore Mike Bianucci
grounded out and a fly ball to center by Brooks scored Greinke.
Although Locke’s wild pitch moved two Tigers into scoring position and another
free pass to senior Andy Bennett re-loaded the bases, he had rookie Ross Smith
fly out to hold the margin at 1-0.
Helped by an AU error, the Gators answered with two
unearned runs in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Petrie singled through the
right side to start things off and freshman Hampton Tignor’s (Sarasota, Fla.) grounder was misplayed by Brooks,
allowing Petrie to occupy third. Den Dekker lofted his first sacrifice fly to
center to even the score and Leclerc extended his
hitting streak to six games with a one-out RBI double.
on another run in the third on a single by Petrie that scored Figueroa.
Figueroa had reached on a leadoff throwing error by Burnside and advanced to
second on Barber’s flyout. Barnes beat out a bunt for
runners on the corners and Petrie collected his 10th RBI with a base-hit into
The Tigers seized a 4-3 edge in the home part of
the third and chased Locke in the process. Donaldson punched a one-out single
into center and moved to second when Barnes mishandled the relay throw. Bianucci roped an RBI double to narrow the gap to 3-2 and
Brooks followed with a hard single to left that tied the game. An error on the
play by Petrie put the runner on second and Smith produced a two-out base-knock
to put the hosts in front. Freshman Kyle
Fla.) was called in from the
bullpen to replace Locke, who gave up six hits and four runs (three earned)
over 2.2 innings.
In the fourth, UF answered on a run-scoring single
with two down by Figueroa to even the game at 4-4. Leclerc
made it six multiple-hit outings in a row by belting a double into right and
advanced to third on a wild pitch. Soon after, Figueroa raised his hitting
streak to a team-best 11 games with a hit up the middle and now paces the
Gators with 25 RBI.
The Tigers reclaimed the upper hand on a single
into shallow center by Greinke that plated Edwards
and built a 6-4 lead on another RBI single by Bianucci.
Edwards had drawn a two-out walk, stole second and advanced to third on a
throwing error by Tignor and Greinke
won an eight-pitch at bat to give AU the edge. Following a walk to Donaldson, Bianucci sliced a single into left to end the afternoon for
Mullaney (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2
Burnside’s 3-2 offering with two out in the sixth high over the Green Monster
for a solo shot to bring the Gators within 6-5. It was the 60th round-tripper
of the slugger’s career and first since March 6 versus Jacksonville. Later trailing 12-6, the Tigers
added a run in the seventh on a pinch-hit single by sophomore Ben Jones and
tacked on two more scores in the ninth on a fielder’s choice by Jones and an
RBI single by freshman Dustin Spruill.
out-hit the Gators, 14-13, and the teams combined for 12 errors. For the
Tigers, Bianucci was 3-for-5 and the trio of Edwards,
Greinke and Brooks contributed two hits apiece. Neer was 2-for-3 off the bench for Florida.