Saturday March 15, 2008Baseball Clinches Series With 12-8 Victory Over AU
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A six-run first inning and a 16-hit barrage powered
“Today was a very offensive day the way the wind was blowing and the field was quick,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We kind of felt that it was going to be a high-scoring day and our offense did a nice job making adjustments.”
Adams and sophomore Clayton Pisani (Naples, Fla.) both cranked
three-run homers off sophomore Scott Shuman (2-1) to give the Gators a 6-0 lead
in the first inning. Junior Avery Barnes
(High Springs, Fla.) led off with a single up the middle to extend his
hitting streak to eight games but was erased at second on sophomore Matt den Dekker’s (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
fielder’s choice. Sophomore Cole
The Tigers countered with a run in the second on a
two-out RBI single up the middle by junior Matt Hall. Keating retired the first
two batters before juniors Ben Jones and Ryan Jenkins had consecutive singles.
Hall drove in his fourth run of the year to put
Auburn threatened by putting its first two runners
on base in the fourth, courtesy of a single by freshman Kevin Patterson and a
hit by pitch to junior Luke Greinke. However, the
Gators turned a rare triple play when Jones’ hit ricocheted off Keating and was
caught by second baseman
“I’ve never been part of a triple play before,” O’Sullivan said. “I was more fired up than I think Keating was. It was awesome and a heads-up play. It seems that (Josh) Adams and (Cole) Figueroa are involved in almost every play on the field and once again they were involved in that one, too.”
“The ball hit off of Keating’s glove,”
Figueroa expanded UF’s
lead to 9-1 with a two-out single in the sixth. Sophomore Buddy Munroe (
Freshman Hunter Morris clubbed his team-leading
fourth homer in the seventh to bring
UF responded in the home part of the stanza with three runs to build a nine-run cushion. Townsend started things off with his second four-bagger of the series and Pisani delivered a one-out single before Munroe’s double down the left-field line ended the afternoon for Hendrix. Over 5.1 innings, the right-hander surrendered nine hits and four runs. Barnes and den Dekker drew back-to-back walks from sophomore Austin Hubbard to load the bases and a fielder’s choice by Figueroa resulted in a 12-3 count.
After the Tigers used an RBI single from freshman
Justin Hargett off freshman Travis Lawler (
The visitors enjoyed an 18-16 advantage in hits, as
Morris was 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs and Hargett
was 3-for-6. For the Gators, the duo of Figueroa and Adams were a combined
6-for-9 with six RBI and three runs. Munroe, Pigott
and Pisani also chipped in with two hits apiece.
Freshman Tommy Toledo (
is the first 2-0 SEC start for
· The Gators have out-scored the Tigers, 19-9, this weekend.
· UF matched a season-low with two strikeouts.
Gators’ six-run outburst in the first inning equaled its high output set
· Buddy Munroe had his first double of the season to lead off the sixth and added another two-bagger in the seventh.
· Munroe’s throwing error in the top of the third was the first fielding miscue in the series by either team.
Clayton Pisani’s start today,
· UF has out-scored foes by a 26-4 margin in the first frame and 31-11 in the second inning this season (57-14 total in the first two innings).
· Today was the first time all season that the Gators have hit two home runs in the same inning.