Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.)
drove in five runs with a grand slam and a solo homer as Florida
(3-0) completed a weekend sweep of Siena
(0-3) with a 13-6 triumph on Sunday afternoon at McKethan
Stadium. Freshman right-hander Tommy
Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) worked five innings in his
collegiate debut, totaling five strikeouts and allowing five hits and two runs,
to notch the victory. It was UF’s first three-game
sweep since defeating Georgia
in Athens over
March 30-April 1 of last season. Sophomore Clayton
Fla.) went 3-for-3 with a
pair of sacrifice flies and the Gators banged out 11 hits, stole six bases and
turned three double plays.
“Any time you walk away with three wins you
certainly feel good about it,” head coach Kevin
O’Sullivan said. “Siena
has a good club and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in an NCAA Regional. Some
of the things that we have been trying to implement, such as being aggressive
on the basepaths and putting the ball in play, showed
“Fortunately, today was a good one for me,” Adams said. “It was great to come out and start swinging
a little bit better and I’m glad that I could help the team this afternoon.”
Florida opened the scoring in its first at bat for
the second-straight day, plating two runs on two hits off sophomore Craig
Marcellus (0-1, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R). Pisani singled to left with one down,
advanced to second on a balk and scored on sophomore Cole Figueroa’s (Tallahassee,
Fla.) base-hit up the middle.
After Figueroa stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, senior Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) walked on four pitches. A
fielder’s choice by senior Jon Townsend
resulted in a 2-0 lead for the Gators.
Adams picked an opportune time for his first career
homer, as he belted a grand slam on a 3-2 pitch with two down in third to give
Florida a 6-0 cushion. Pisani doubled to left center
and Figueroa followed with a walk before UF executed a double steal for a pair
of runners in scoring position. After McArthur earned a free pass to fill the
sacks with one down, Townsend’s grounder to Marcellus forced Pisani at home for the second out. Adams
stepped to the plate and sent a ball out of the yard that cleared the wall in
narrowed the gap to 6-2 in the fourth on a two-run shot by junior Eric Mruczek. Senior Rick Seltzer led off with a double down the
right-field line and took third on a flyout by
sophomore Gary DerHagopian. Mrcuzek
next pitch over the fence in left field to end a 13-inning scoreless streak by
the Saints dating back to a ninth-inning homer on Friday night.
The Gators answered in the bottom of the frame on a
sacrifice fly by Pisani to build a 7-2 advantage.
Back-to-back singles by sophomore Hampton Tignor (Sarasota, Fla.) and junior Avery
Barnes (High Springs,
Fla.) set up the Orange and Blue’s second successful double
steal of the game. Soon after, Pisani collected his
first RBI with his squad’s first sac fly of the year.
departed after five full innings and was replaced by classmate Cody Barnes (San Mateo, Fla.).
Senior Jacob Willis started things off for Siena by reaching on a throwing error by
Figueroa, UF’s first defensive miscue of the year.
Following a walk to Seltzer, DerHagopian stroked an
RBI single to left center for an 8-3 margin. Barnes retired the next two
batters before plunking junior Jason DeFilippo to
load the sacks. The right-hander then uncorked consecutive wild pitches to
allow both Seltzer and DerHagopian to score. After
issuing a walk to senior Michael Ambury, another
errant pitch from Barnes brought DeFilippo across
resulted in an 8-6 score. A base on balls to freshman Kevin Quaranto
and another wild pitch prompted a pitching change. Senior Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.)
had senior Moises Rivera fly out to center on his first
pitch to strand the runners and keep UF in front.
The hosts rebounded with three runs in the bottom
of the frame for an 11-6 lead. Tignor had drawn a
one-out walk from freshman reliever Kyle Sumple and
moved to third on a double into left center by Avery Barnes. Pisani’s second sac fly scored Tignor
and a free pass to Figueroa gave the Gators two runners aboard before McArthur
poked an RBI single on a hit-and-run play to plate Barnes. Sumple
later let loose a wild pitch, enabling Figueroa to score. Pigott
extended UF’s lead to 12-6 in the seventh with a
run-scoring single that scored freshman Evan
Chambers (Lakeland, Fla.). An RBI grounder by McArthur in
the eighth that brought in Pisani finalized the 13-6
For UF, the trio of Pisani,
Adams (2-for-5) and Avery Barnes (2-for-5) turned in multiple-hit outings while
eight different Siena
players had one hit. Edmondson (2.0 IP), sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper
City, Fla.) (0.1 IP) and freshman Travis Lawler (College Station, Texas)
(1.0 IP) provided scoreless relief to close the contest.
The Gators will host Eastern
Michigan (0-3) on Tuesday and Wednesday at McKethan
Stadium. Both games will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles dropped three games at New Mexico over the
weekend by scores of 16-7, 9-8 and 13-3.
Gators’ last three-game sweep at McKethan
Stadium came against George Washington (7-1, 24-4, 20-3)
on March 3-4, 2007.
last time Florida hit a grand slam
occurred twice in a 20-2 rout of Tennessee,
when Avery Barnes and Cole Figueroa accomplished the feat.
- Florida was 12-for-13 on the basepaths this weekend and out-scored Siena by a 27-13
margin this weekend.
Edmondson allowed one hit over 4.1 innings of scoreless ball in two
Figueroa (.429) drew six walks, scored five runs and was 3-for-3 on stolen
McArthur led the Gators with a .455 (5-for-11) average and totaled six
- UF’s pitching staff registered 21 strikeouts and
yielded nine walks.
Evan Chambers made his first start as designated hitter and was 0-for-2
with two walks and a run scored.