Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.)
belted his second career grand slam in the eighth inning to snap a 2-2 tie
and lift the Gators (6-2) to a 6-2 victory over No. 8 Miami (5-1) on Sunday
afternoon before another sellout crowd at Mark Light Field. With the sacks full
and one down, Figueroa sent a 2-1 pitch from junior reliever P.J. Fisher over
the wall in left for his first round-tripper of the season. Sophomore Clint Franklin (Orlando, Fla.)
(1-0) threw two scoreless innings to record his first collegiate win, while
junior Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.)
yielded one hit over the final two frames without allowing a run to help UF
salvage the weekend finale. The Hurricanes had captured the first two games of
the series, 8-4 and 8-5.
With the contest tied in the eighth, senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.) legged out a
leadoff bunt off sophomore Alex Koronis (0-1), who
had struck out the side in the seventh after taking over for freshman Chris
Hernandez (6.0 IP, 2 H, 7 K). Sophomore Hampton Tignor (Sarasota, Fla.) advanced his teammate into scoring
position with a sac bunt and prompted a pitching change. With Fisher now on the
hill, sophomore Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
reached on sophomore third baseman Mark Sobolewski’s
second error of the day and freshman Josh
Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.)
followed with another bunt single to load the bases with one down and set the
stage for Figueroa’s heroics.
The Hurricanes seemed poised to open the scoring in
the first inning against freshman right-hander Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.)
with runners on the corners and one down. Junior Blake Tekotte
drew a leadoff walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by
sophomore catcher Buddy Munroe (Miami, Fla.).
Following a walk to junior Yonder Alonso, Toledo
had Sobolewski ground into an inning-ending 5-4-3
A two-out error by UM in the second on a ball hit
by sophomore Clayton Pisani
to third base enabled senior Dustin
Bamberg (Winter Haven, Fla.) to score from second with the game’s initial run.
drawn a walk with one down and moved to second on a wild pitch by Hernandez. Toledo worked out of
another jam in the bottom of the frame after yielding a leadoff walk to
freshman Joey Terdoslavich and a base-hit into left
by junior Dave DiNatale. The righty had junior Adan Severino fly out and induced
a ground ball from sophomore Ryan Jackson that third baseman Townsend converted
into a double play.
the score in the third on his first homer of the campaign, a shot with one down
that cleared the 330-foot mark in right field. Miami
threatened again in the fifth, as Severino poked a
leadoff single and was sacrificed to second by Jackson. A flyout
to right by Yasmani Grandal
pushed his teammate to third before Toledo
scooped up Tekotte’s grounder and threw over to
senior Brandon McArthur (Seffner,
Fla.) to retire the
After being held hitless into the sixth by
Hernandez, the Gators used an RBI double into the left-field corner by Adams to take a 2-1 lead. den
Dekker had come through with UF’s first hit with a
one-out infield single to second base and scored all the way from first on Adams’ second two-bagger.
knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the frame on an RBI grounder by Terdoslavich. Junior Jemile Weeks
started things off with a double off the wall in right center to end the
afternoon for Toledo, who scattered four hits, gave up two runs, walked three
and collected a pair of strikeouts over five innings. Sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper
walked the lone batter he faced, Alonso, and was replaced by Franklin. The Hurricanes executed a double
steal for runners on second and third and Franklin
responded with a strikeout of Sobolewski on a 3-2
pitch. Terdoslavich worked the count to 3-2 and
grounded out to McArthur to bring in Weeks with the tying run. Franklin kept the affair
deadlocked by having last night’s hero, DiNatale,
ground out to Pisani.
UF held a slim 6-5 advantage in hits, with Adams going 2-for-4, and turned a season-high three
double plays. The Gators will begin a season-high 10-game homestand
at McKethan Stadium on Tuesday when they host Campbell (3-3) at 6:30
p.m. in the opener of a two-game series.
pitchers totaled 12 strikeouts this afternoon for a total of 35 K on the
Locke made his first relief appearance since May 1, 2005 against Tennessee.
Figueroa (3-for-13, .231) drove in seven of the Gators’ 15 runs over the
Townsend led the Gators with a .375 (3-for-8) average during the series.