Making his second career start, junior Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.)
hurled 5.1 scoreless innings as Florida (2-0) clinched
its weekend series against Siena
(0-2) with a 4-0 victory on Saturday afternoon at McKethan
Stadium. The right-hander scattered five hits and totaled four strikeouts in
equaling the longest stint of his career, which occurred in his most recent
outing against South Carolina
during the 2007 SEC Tournament last May.
Davis (Cooper City,
Fla.), senior Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) and sophomore Clint Franklin (Orlando,
Fla.) kept the Saints off the
scoreboard over the final 3.2 innings
to preserve the Gators’ first shutout since a 7-0 win over Kent State on Feb.
24, 2007. The hosts’ pitching staff registered six strikeouts and did not permit
any walks. With a 3-for-3 effort that featured a couple of RBI, senior Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.)
accounted for three of UF’s five hits.
“We absolutely wanted to start off with two wins,”
head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “However,
today’s game was different than last night’s since we were able to create a
little breathing room. Patrick (Keating) had a nice outing; our pitching staff
was able to put the ball on the ground without any walks and our defense did
not commit any errors. I don’t want to jinx us but we are playing well defensively
“Buddy (Munroe) and I seemed to get into a good
groove working together,” Keating said. “He knew what to call and knew what
kinds of pitches I wanted to make. I also thought our defense played really
well and my teammates picked me up throughout the game.”
The Gators drew first blood in the opening inning
on a two-out RBI double by McArthur off junior Matt Moberg
(0-1). The southpaw recorded two strikeouts before sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) earned a free pass on a 3-2 pitch.
McArthur then stroked his second extra-base hit of the year to center field for
a quick UF lead.
Helped by a Saint throwing error, Florida increased its advantage to 2-0 in
the second frame. After Moberg retired the first two
batters, sophomore Jonathan Pigott (Ormond
singled up the middle and then took second on a wild pitch. In his first at bat
of the year, sophomore Buddy Munroe (Miami,
legged out an infield hit and Pigott was able to come
across when the throw from senior shortstop Chris Klepps
eluded freshman first baseman Kevin Quaranto.
Although the Orange
and Blue had runners on second and third with one down in the third, Moberg worked out of trouble. Figueroa walked for the
second time and McArthur followed with a base-knock to left and advanced into
scoring position on the relay throw. Moberg responded
by having senior Jon Townsend (London,
Ky.) pop out to the catcher and fanned
freshman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.).
The Saints threatened in the fifth, as freshman Don
DiPetta delivered a one-out single through the left
side and junior Phil Cahill dropped a double into shallow left field near the
foul line with two down. Keating kept Siena at
bay and stranded the runners by having sophomore Anthony Giansanti
ground out to sophomore second baseman Clayton
The Gators tacked on two more runs in the fifth for
a 4-0 margin. Pisani reached on a fielding error by Klepps to start the frame and raced down to second on Moberg’s second wild pitch of the game. After Figueroa
walked for the third time to set a career high, McArthur’s dribbler just past
home plate allowed Pisani to score the third run. Moberg (4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER)
appeared to be hurt when making the play and was replaced on the mound by
senior Ryan King. The reliever caught Townsend looking on strikes before
inducing a ground ball by Adams. Although
McArthur was forced at second, Figueroa beat the relay throw to the plate for
what turned out to be the game’s final run.
Klepps and Rivera had
consecutive singles to begin the sixth before Keating completed his afternoon
by having senior Jacob Willis fly out to right field. Davis came out of the bullpen and had senior
Rick Seltzer ground out to McArthur at first, advancing his teammates into
scoring position. O’Sullivan called on Edmondson, who had junior pinch hitter Jason
DeFilippo ground out to Figueroa to prevent a
possible rally and close the stanza.
The Gators and Saints will wrap up their weekend
series tomorrow at noon, when freshman RHP Tommy
Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) makes his collegiate debut against Siena sophomore
left-hander Craig Marcellus.
Pigott (1-for-3) increased his hitting streak to
a career-best seven games dating back to last season, while Cole Figueroa’s
seven-game skein ended with a 0-for-1 performance in which he walked three
times and scored twice.
did not commit any errors for the second-straight game.
- UF’s quartet of pitchers combined for six
strikeouts and zero walks.
Foster made his collegiate starting debut at designated hitter and went
different players accounted for Siena’s