Freshman right-hander Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) threw six scoreless innings as Florida
(14-3/3-0 SEC) completed a weekend sweep of Auburn (11-8/0-3 SEC) with a 6-2
victory on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium to
raise its winning streak to a season-high six games. It was the fourth time in
the last five years that the Gators have taken all three meetings from the
Tigers. UF’s 3-0 start to
SEC play also marks the first time since 2002 that the Orange and Blue has swept its opening league
improved to 3-0 by limiting AU to two hits in his longest stint of the
campaign, while freshman Josh Adams (Jacksonville,
Fla.) completed a tremendous
series with a 2-for-3 effort. Over the three games, he batted .727 (8-for-11)
with six RBI, four runs, three doubles, two stolen bases, two walks and a
played well this weekend,” head coach Kevin
O’Sullivan said. “Any time we can win a series, let alone sweep, I think
it’s exciting. Auburn
is a very talented club and we were fortunate to win all three games. This whole
league is a battle and every weekend is tough. I think that we needed to take
care of our home-field advantage, and we did that.”
“Tommy (Toledo) made pitches when
he needed to and he pushed the ball into play,” O’Sullivan said. “When he is in
a jam, he is always one pitch away from getting out of it with the sinker. He’s
given us four quality starts now. What else can you ask for from a freshman?”
Adams gave the Gators a 1-0
lead in the first with a two-out RBI single off freshman Cory Luckie (2-2). Junior Avery
Barnes (High Springs, Fla.) raised his hitting streak to nine
games with a leadoff single and swiped his eighth base with one down. Barnes
moved to third on a grounder by sophomore Cole
Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.)
and came home on Adams’ seventh hit of the
The Tigers threatened in the third but came away
empty-handed against Toledo.
Junior Ryan Jenkins drew a walk to start things off and was sacrificed to
second on a bunt by junior Matt Hall. Freshman Justin Hargett
pushed Jenkins to third with a groundout before Toledo had junior Mike Bianucci
fly out to right field.
AU loaded the bases with two down in the fourth, as
a result of walks to freshmen Kevin Patterson and David Cunningham and an
infield single by junior Ben Jones. Toledo
worked out of trouble by having Jenkins ground out to Adams
at second base.
a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the frame on an RBI double by sophomore Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.), a
run-scoring single by sophomore Clayton Pisani (Naples,
Fla.) and a dropped pop-up.
Adams opened the stanza with his fifth double and advanced on senior Brandon McArthur’s (Seffner, Fla.) grounder to shortstop. With two
out, Pigott sliced a two-bagger down the left-field
line to plate Adams and scored on Pisani’s base-knock into left field. Soon after, Pisani stole second base and came across when sophomore Buddy Munroe’s (Miami, Fla.)
infield fly was misplayed by second baseman Hargett.
The Gators’ bid for more runs in the fifth was
denied when sophomore Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
was cut down at the plate and Adams was thrown
out trying to get back to third base. den Dekker
reached on a three-base error by right fielder Bianucci
to begin the inning and could not advance home on Figueroa’s grounder. Junior Evan
Crawford replaced Luckie (4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 K) and
induced a grounder by Adams that Hall scooped up at shortstop and fired to
Jenkins to nail den Dekker at the dish. McArthur smacked a double into right
but Adams was caught between third base and
home and was erased to keep the score 4-0.
Franklin (Orlando, Fla.)
took over for Toledo
prior to the seventh and was victimized by a pair of Texas Leaguers by Jenkins
and Hargett that landed in left field. However, the
righty stranded the runners on the corners by having rookie Brian Fletcher pop
up. den Dekker boosted his hitting streak to 11 games
in the home part of the frame and moved into scoring position on a throwing
error by Crawford. After Figueroa earned a free pass, junior Bryan Woodall came
out of the bullpen and walked Adams to fill
the sacks. McArthur came through with a two-run single into right center for a
The Tigers averted the shutout in the ninth on a
two-out error that scored a pair of runs. Franklin
set down the first two batters before yielding consecutive singles to Hargett and Fletcher and committing a balk. Morris sent a
high chopper down the first-base line that McArthur couldn’t handle, finalizing
the margin at 6-2. Franklin picked up his first career save by working three
innings in which he allowed five hits and the two unearned runs.
Adams and McArthur (2-for-4) registered
multiple-hit outings for Florida,
while Hargett and Morris had two hits apiece for the
Tigers. Figueroa went 0-for-3 to see his 10-game hitting streak come to an end.
The Gators return to action on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. by hosting Florida State (16-1/6-0 ACC) in the first of
three regular-season meetings.
- Today marked the first time
this season where Florida
used the same lineup in back-to-back games.
- The sweep was the Gators’
first in SEC play since taking three at Georgia between
March 30-April 1, 2007.
- Florida is now 13-2 in its last 15
games against Auburn.
- The 2008 squad matched the
2002 club for the program’s best start this decade (14-3).
- The 11 runs allowed in the
series was a season-low for Florida
in a three-game set. The last time UF gave up less than 11 runs in a
series was eight against Georgia
- The Gators were 3-for-4 on
the basepaths this afternoon and have already
matched last season’s total of 39 stolen bases.