Friday March 14, 2008Baseball Downs Auburn, 7-1, To Claim SEC Opener
Gainesville, FL -
Gainesville, FL -
Florida (12-3) used a four-run fourth and a
three-run fifth to support the pitching of sophomore right-hander Billy Bullock (Balm, Fla.) en route to
a 7-1 victory over Auburn (11-6) in the squads’ Southeastern Conference opener on
Friday night at McKethan Stadium. Bullock (2-2)
matched his career high of six strikeouts over a season-long 6.1 innings and
kept the Tigers scoreless until the seventh stanza. Freshman Josh Adams (
“Billy pitched ahead in the count, put the ball on the ground and didn’t have a lot of deep counts,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He got the leadoff batter out in five of seven innings so he did a nice job in that regard. Tonight was a good start to SEC play for us but it is just one of three games this weekend and we need to continue to play well tomorrow.”
Auburn freshman Hunter Morris’ bid to open the
scoring with a leadoff homer in the second was denied on a spectacular leaping
grab by sophomore center fielder Matt
den Dekker (
After being held hitless in their first three
chances against freshman left-hander Grant Dayton (1-1), the Gators erupted for
four runs on four hits in the fourth. Sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) extended his hitting streak to
nine games with a leadoff single up the middle and Adams followed with an RBI
double to center field to make it seven-straight games with a hit and help the
home team break the ice. den Dekker beat out a bunt to
The Gators added three more runs on four hits in
the fifth, highlighted by a two-run triple from McArthur, to build a 7-0
advantage. Junior Avery Barnes (
Junior Mike Bianucci led
off the seventh with a hard single and Morris walked on four pitches before a
fly out by sophomore Joseph Sanders left the Tigers with men on the corners.
Freshman Kevin Patterson sliced an RBI single into right field to put
UF out-hit the Tigers, 9-7, led by
· Kevin O’Sullivan is the fifth consecutive Gator Baseball Head Coach to win his SEC debut.
· Riley Cooper made his first collegiate start at designated hitter and was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
· The Gators improved to 9-1 when scoring first and 8-0 when out-hitting their opponent.