Thursday May 24, 2007Baseball Eliminates 'Bama From SEC Tourney, 3-2
Behind a masterful effort by junior Bryan Augenstein
captured his fourth-straight decision by hurling a complete game in his
postseason debut. He went the distance for the second time this year and became
With the Tide down its final three outs, sophomore Alex Avila opened the ninth with his team-leading 14th homer to narrow the gap to 3-2. The ball cleared the wall in center over the 405-foot mark. Sophomore Kent Matthes followed with a sharp single up the middle and was sacrificed over by junior Matt Bentley. Augenstein whiffed freshman Del Howell for the second out but uncorked a wild pitch to push Matthes to third. With the tying run 90 feet away, Augenstein made freshman Brandon May his eighth strikeout victim to end the game.
The Crimson Tide answered in the top of the second with a run on two hits off Augenstein. Matthes led off with a double to left field and junior Bentley followed with a single into right field. Howell’s fielder’s choice to Figueroa forced Bentley at second and enabled Matthes to score the tying run.
UF regained the lead on a sacrifice fly by freshman
The Gators built a 3-1 advantage in the third on a
fielder’s choice by senior Brian Leclerc (
Augenstein registered his 100th strikeout of the season with a punchout of Bentley in the fourth. He became the first Gator to reach the century mark in K since Alan Horne totaled 108 in 2005 and just the third since Brad Wilkerson recorded 136 in 1998.
Pride drew a leadoff walk in the sixth and a one-out single by Leclerc ended the afternoon for Stroup, who surrendered six hits and had three K and three walks over 5.1 innings. Neer greeted sophomore reliever Austin Hyatt with a grounder for two Gators in scoring position before the righty had Townsend foul out beyond first base.
May poked a two-out single in the seventh to bring the pro-Alabama crowd to life. However, Augenstein responded with a strikeout of sophomore pinch hitter Ryan Rhoden to preserve the 3-1 lead. Soon after, Figueroa notched his second hit of the contest with one down and stole second to move into scoring position. Following a two-out intentional walk to LaPorta, Hyatt responded by fanning Pride.
Each team totaled eight hits and neither squad
committed an error. Figueroa was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases for