Ole Miss (15-6/3-1 SEC) plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth to hand Florida
(15-4/3-1 SEC) a 5-4 setback on Friday night in the opener of the teams’
weekend series at Oxford-University Stadium at Swayze Field. With the bases
full and none out, junior Michael Guerrero scored the winning run when
sophomore catcher Buddy Munroe (Miami, Fla.) dropped
a relay throw home from senior third baseman Jon Townsend (London,
Ky.). The Rebels came all the
way back from a 4-0 deficit in the second inning to halt the Gators’ winning streak
at seven games.
Miss trailing 4-2 entering the final stanza, junior Logan Power led off with a
double into right center and redshirt freshman Matt Smith followed with an RBI
single into center field to close the gap to 4-3 and prompt a pitching change.
Sophomore right-hander Billy Bullock
who had pitched into the ninth inning for the first time in his career, was
taken out after scattering five hits, totaling three strikeouts and issuing two
Sophomore righty Clint Franklin
(Orlando, Fla.) (2-1) was greeted by a double
from Guerrero and walked sophomore Zach Miller intentionally to load the bases
with none out. Freshman Tim Ferguson dropped a game-tying single into shallow
left and set the stage for the final play. Franklin induced a grounder from junior Brett
Basham to Townsend that should have resulted in the first out of the inning at
home plate. However, Munroe misplayed the throw and the Rebs
took advantage to seize the win.
Rory McKean (2-0) retired all three Gators he faced in the ninth to earn the
victory after junior Lance Lynn worked eight innings. The 6’5” right-hander allowed
six hits and four runs (two earned), with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Gators had jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second inning with three hits
and an error against Lynn.
Sophomore Jonathan Pigott
(Ormond Beach, Fla.)
opened with a single into left center and took second when shortstop Ferguson mishandled Townsend’s
grounder trying to force the runner at second. Munroe put the visitors on the
board with a one-out RBI single into left field and junior Avery Barnes (High Springs,
Fla.) drew a walk to load the
bases. Sophomore Matt den Dekker (Ft . Lauderdale,
a two-run single to drive in Townsend and Munroe and a grounder by sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) enabled Barnes to come across with
the fourth run.
Jordan Henry put the Rebels on the board in the third inning with a base-knock
to left field off Bullock. Ferguson
walked with one down and Basham was hit by a pitch before Henry collected UM’s first hit of the night. Bullock prevented further
trouble by having senior Fuller Smith pop up to Munroe and fanned junior Cody Overbeck.
Smith brought Ole Miss to within 4-2 by leading off the home part of the
seventh with his fifth homer. He connected on Bullock’s initial offering and
sent it into the visitor’s bullpen just beyond the right-field fence.
Rebels held a 7-6 advantage in hits, as Matt Smith was 2-for-4, with two runs
and a pair of RBI. For Florida,
den Dekker (1-for-4) and Barnes (1-for-3) extended their hitting streaks to 13
and 11 games, respectively. Junior righty Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.)
(2-0, 2.41) will take the hill for UF in game two of the series tomorrow at
2:30 p.m. against junior right-hander Cody Satterwhite
(2-0, 4.50). The contest will be carried live on FSN Florida.
- Florida fell for the first time this season leading
after eight innings (13-1).
- The Rebels have now captured nine
of the last 11 meetings.
- Billy Bullock’s previous
career high of seven innings came against Kent State
on Feb. 25, 2007.
- UF is now 2-3 against ranked
- Tonight was the first time
the Gators and Rebels had met since the 2005 SEC Tournament.