raced out to a 10-0 lead through three innings and cruised to a 13-2 victory
over Brown (3-4) on Sunday afternoon at McKethan
Stadium to claim the rubber game of the clubs’ weekend series. Freshman right-hander Tommy
Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) (2-0) worked five innings
for the third-straight start and limited the Bears to two hits and a run. UF
sent nine batters to plate in both the first and second frames, finished with
nine walks and capitalized on a season-high five errors by Brown. Sophomore center fielder Matt
den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla.) (2-for-5, three runs) and senior third baseman Jon Townsend (London,
Ky.) (2-for-4) drove
in three runs apiece.
“Everyone has been working hard,” Toledo said. “It was definitely a learning
experience for us this weekend. Yesterday we came out struggling, but today we
came out stronger and with more intensity. Nine runs in the first two innings
from my teammates made it easier for me to pitch ahead and let the defense do
The Gators reached BU freshman starter Matthew
Kimball (0-1) for four runs on four hits and two walks in the opening frame.
Junior Avery Barnes (High Springs, Fla.)
(1-for-3, three runs, three walks) had an 11-pitch at bat and drew a leadoff
walk and freshman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.)
(two runs, two walks) singled before sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.)
stroked an RBI single into left field to extend his hitting streak to seven
games and help UF draw first blood for the first time in the series. den Dekker
cleared the bases with a two-run double for a 3-0 lead for a seven-game hitting
streak and alertly scored on senior Brandon
McArthur’s (Seffner, Fla.) fly
ball to left field when Bear junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo
committed an error on the relay.
continued to pile up the offense in the second, plating five more runs to take
a 9-0 lead. Kimball was replaced on the mound by freshman Josh Feit, who was hurt by two errors that lead to four unearned
runs. After Barnes drew a walk and stole second, Figueroa reached on Nuzzo’s second error of the day to give the Gators runners
on the corners. den Dekker smashed a single that hit Feit and scored Barnes with the fifth run. Another miscue
by Nuzzo allowed McArthur to reach and Figueroa to
come across and sophomore Clayton Pisani (Naples,
Fla.) rifled his fourth
two-bagger down the left-field line to drive in den Dekker. Townsend then stroked
a two-RBI single into left to balloon the margin to 9-0.
Brown’s fourth error resulted in a 10-0 lead for
the home team in the third. Freshman Mark Gormley
came out of the bullpen for Feit (1.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 1 ER) and was greeted by a leadoff single from Barnes. A
walk to Adams left two runners aboard and den Dekker’s fielder’s choice erased Adams. However, a throwing mistake by rookie second
baseman Ryan Zrenda allowed Barnes to score for the
The Bears got on the board in the fourth with a
two-out single into center by Zrenda. Freshman Matt Colantonio had drawn a one-out walk and occupied second on
a wild pitch from Toledo.
Redshirt freshman Riley Cooper (Clearwater,
Fla.) delivered a pinch-hit
RBI double for his first career hit in the sixth and Townsend added a two-out
run-scoring single to boost UF’s margin to 12-1. den Dekker had reached on an error and swiped both second
and third before Cooper came through with the Gators’ third double. Townsend
notched his third RBI of the day and sixth of the series with a two-out single
to score McArthur.
Sophomore Matt Boylan
relieved Gormley (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER) in the seventh and walked the bases loaded as Barnes,
Adams and Figueroa each strolled to first. After a fielder’s choice by den
Dekker forced Barnes at home, senior Peter Moskal
entered the game. The righty fanned Cooper but then issued a free pass to
McArthur for a 13-1 count. After being held hitless by senior Josh Edmondson (LaGrange,
Ga.) and sophomore Kyle Mullaney (Jacksonville,
Fla.) for three innings, the Bears had two
hits and scored a run off junior Michael
Branham (Tampa, Fla.) in the ninth to finalize the 13-2
margin. Branham’s stint was his first appearance since April 2, 2006, versus
Eight different players contributed to the Gators’
total of 11 hits and the Orange
and Blue swiped five bases. Florida will
return to action on Tuesday by hosting Florida Gulf
Coast at 6:30 p.m. The
Eagles are 11-2 overall and are 5-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference after
sweeping Gardner-Webb in a three-game series this weekend.
is now 3-0 on Sunday’s this season and has not lost on Sunday since May
13, 2007 vs. LSU.
Gators have scored in the first inning in seven of its nine home games.
is now 7-1 when scoring first.
has out-scored foes by a 20-4 margin in the first frame and 29-10 in the
second inning this season (49-14 total in the first two innings).
- Florida batted all nine batters
in the first and second innings for the first time since a victory over Eastern Michigan on Feb. 27 and for just the second
time all year.
Townsend has driven in three RBI in back-to-back games.