Travis Lawler (College
Station, Texas) (1-0) fired five scoreless innings to earn his first
collegiate victory as Florida (8-2) completed
a two-game sweep of Campbell
(3-5) with a 15-0 shutout on Wednesday at McKethan
Stadium. The right-hander allowed three singles and was supported by an offense
which tallied 14 hits and clubbed a season-high three home runs. A quartet of
relievers combined on the Gators’ second shutout of the season as head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s
club improved to 7-0 at home. After yielding three runs in the top of the first
during Tuesday’a 15-3 win, Florida’s pitching staff twirled 17.1
consecutive scoreless innings.
Freshman Chris Freshcorn (Tampa,
Fla.) (2-for-2) cranked a
pinch-hit two-run homer on the first pitch he saw as a collegian in the seventh
and tacked on an RBI single the next inning. Sophomore Matt den Dekker (Ft.
(2-for-5, three runs) connected on a three-run homer in the third and sophomore
Hampton Tignor (Sarasota,
Fla.) (2-for-2, three RBI,
two runs) smacked his first career dinger in the eighth with a two-run jack.
The Gators jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first against Campbell junior right-hander Josh Fish (0-1) courtesy of
an RBI double by sophomore Cole Figueroa
and a run-scoring single by sophomore Jonathan
Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.).
Sophomore Clayton Pisani
had drawn a one-out walk and Figueroa followed with his team-leading fourth
two-bagger for his 18th RBI. After senior Bryson
Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) earned a free pass with two down, Pigott raised his hitting streak to 14 games with a single
into right that brought home Figueroa.
Pisani delivered a
two-out RBI double in the second and an error on senior Brandon McArthur’s (Seffner, Fla.)
grounder resulted in a 4-0 UF advantage. A fielder’s choice by den Dekker
erased junior Teddy Foster (Jacksonville, Fla.)
at second but then Pisani roped a 0-1 pitch into left
center to drive in his teammate. Figueroa drew a walk for a pair of runners
aboard and McArthur’s grounder was misplayed by sophomore shortstop Zach
Johnson, enabling Pisani to come across.
den Dekker cranked a three-run
blast in the third stanza to put the Orange
and Blue up by a 7-0 margin. Fish retired the first two batters before freshman
Evan Chambers (Lakeland, Fla.)
reached on Johnson’s second error of the afternoon.
Following a walk to Foster, freshman Wes Edwards replaced Fish (2.2 IP, 4 H, 6
R, 4 BB) on the hill. den
Dekker launched the righty’s second pitch deep over the wall in right for his
second round-tripper of the season.
After Florida junior J.K. LaCoste (Jacksonville, Fla.)
kept the Fighting Camels off the board in the sixth, freshman Ellis Lowe
greeted freshman reliever Cody Barnes (San Mateo, Fla.)
with a leadoff double in the seventh. Although a one-out single by junior John Watlington left runners on the corners, Barnes worked out
of trouble by striking out Johnson and had junior Carlton Floyd ground out.
In the bottom of the frame, the hosts increased their lead to 10-0
on Freshcorn’s two-run homer that came on his first
collegiate swing. Senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.)
reached on a throwing error to begin the stanza and scored on Tignor’s single through the left side of the infield. Pinch
hitting for Pisani with two down, Freshcorn
jumped on junior Trevor Smith’s (3.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R) initial offering and sent it
over the left-field wall for a memorable first hit.
The Gators erupted for five runs on five hits with two down in the
eighth to finalize the 15-0 margin. Pigott singled
and Townsend walked before Chambers’ first collegiate hit to left field drove
in Pigott and a fielding miscue on the play allowed
Townsend to score. Tignor stepped to the dish and
belted Smith’s 0-1 pitch to left to clear the bases. den
Dekker followed with a double and scored on Freshcorn’s
base-knock up the middle to complete the scoring barrage.
Florida doubled up Campbell in the hit
column, 14-7, with seven going for extra bases. Pigott
was 3-for-5, while den Dekker, Pisani, Freshcorn and Tignor chipped in
with two hits apiece. Lowe was 4-for-4 for the Fighting Camels. Junior LHP Stephen Locke (Tampa,
Fla.) and sophomore RHP Kyle Mullaney (Jacksonville, Fla.) each
threw a scoreless frame to close the game. The Gators will host defending Ivy
League champion Brown (2-2) in a weekend series at McKethan
Stadium. Friday’s opener will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Gators have already collected three
series sweeps this season (Siena, Eastern
matching last year’s total (George Washington, Auburn, Georgia).
UF’s eight victories have been credited to eight different pitchers.
The Orange and Blue batted a scorching .388
(31-for-80), out-scored the Fighting Camels by a 31-3 margin and had 14
extra-base hits (nine doubles, one triple, four homers).
Florida did not
have any stolen bases or attempts today.