(4-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead to support the pitching of sophomore Eric
Erickson (2-0), who was perfect into the sixth inning, as the Hurricanes downed
(5-1), 8-4, on Friday night at Mark Light Stadium. Erickson set down the first
15 Gators he faced before senior Jon
Townsend (London, Ky.) walked and sophomore Hampton Tignor (Sarasota, Fla.) delivered
a one-out double for the visitor’s initial hit. After UF closed to within 7-4
on a two-run homer in the seventh by sophomore Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.),
the hosts added an insurance run in the eighth to secure the victory in the
opener of a three-game series.
The Hurricanes began the scoring with four unearned
runs in the second inning off sophomore Kyle
Fla.) (0-1). Junior Dave DiNatale led off by being hit by a pitch, stole second and
scored when junior Adan Severino’s
grounder was misplayed by sophomore Clayton
Fla.). A sacrifice bunt by
sophomore Ryan Jackson advanced Severino and a fly
ball by sophomore Jason Hagerty (3-for-4) moved his
teammate to third with two down. Junior Blake Tekotte
(3-for-4) delivered an RBI single up the middle and junior Jemile
Weeks followed with a two-run homer, his second of the campaign, to provide the
Hurricanes with a 4-0 lead.
the bases with two out in the fourth before Mullaney fanned
freshman pinch hitter Iden Nazario
on a 3-2 pitch. Hagerty opened the frame with a
base-hit up the middle and was sacrificed over by Tekotte.
Back-to-back two-out walks to junior Yonder Alonso and sophomore Mark Sobolewski filled the sacks full of Hurricanes and Mullaney responded with his fourth K to keep the Gators
down by four.
The Hurricanes tacked on three more runs in the
fifth on consecutive RBI doubles by Jackson and Hegarty
and a wild pitch to build a 7-0 advantage. Severino drew
a one-out walk and scored on Jackson’s
third double of the year. A throwing error by sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) on the play enabled Jackson to take third and ended the night for
Mullaney. Over 4.1 innings, the righty surrendered
eight hits and six runs (two earned) with four walks and four strikeouts. Hagarty greeted sophomore reliever Clint Franklin (Orlando, Fla.) with his first two-bagger of ’08
down the right-field line, moved to second on a pop-up by Tekotte
and came racing home on an errant pitch.
Erickson cruised through the first five innings
before Townsend walked on four pitches to begin the sixth. Tignor
broke up the left-hander’s no-hit bid with a one-out double to right center for
a pair of runners in scoring position and sophomore Buddy Munroe (Miami, Fla.)
came through with a pinch-hit infield single to put UF on the board. After a
fielder’s choice by Pisani plated Tignor,
Erickson rebounded to whiff Figueroa and had senior Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.)
line out to Weeks to strand the runners.
Pigott connected on his first
round-tripper of the season with Townsend aboard in the seventh to narrow the
Gators’ deficit to 7-4. Erickson had retired the first two batters before
Townsend sliced a single into right field. Pigott
stepped to the dish and cranked a 1-0 offering over the wall in left center,
ending Erickson’s night on the hill. On 6.2 innings, the lefty totaled nine K
and allowed four hits.
Hagerty and Tekotte started the home part of the eighth with singles
and a walk to Weeks filled the sacks, prompting a pitching change. Sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper
City, Fla.) replaced Franklin (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2
R) and gave up a sacrifice fly to Alonso to complete the scoring.
The duo of sophomore Kyle Bellamy (1.1 IP, three K)
and junior Carlos Gutierrez (1.0 IP, 1 K) held the Gators hitless over the
final 2.1 frames to preserve the win. Miami
held an 11-4 advantage in hits, as Hagerty and Tekotte were each 3-for-4. Junior Patrick Keating (Harrisburg,
Ill.) (1-0, 0.00) will oppose
UM senior Enrique Garcia (0-0, 2.25) in game two of the series on Saturday at 7
Gators have not been no-hit since Tom McMillan of Jacksonville accomplished the feat on
June 1, 1963.
- Florida struck
out a season-high 13 times and drew just one walk.
Pigott extended his hitting streak to 11 games
dating back to last season.
was held without a stolen base for the first time all year.
four hits went for extra bases.