Florida (19-5/6-1 SEC) overcame a 4-2 deficit with a six-run seventh-inning to
defeat LSU (15-9/2-5 SEC), 8-5, in the teams’ series opener on Friday night in
front of 4,531 fans at McKethan Stadium. After the
Gators had tied the game with four-straight hits off senior reliever Jared
Bradford (1-3), sophomore Buddy Munroe
(Miami, Fla.) launched a three-run homer to left field to put the Orange
and Blue on top. UF matched a season-high by sending 11 batters to the plate in
the seventh and totaled seven hits.
Sophomore right-hander Billy
Bullock (Balm, Fla.) (3-2) allowed 10 hits and four
runs (two earned) over seven innings to collect the win, while senior Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) notched his first save by striking out freshman
Leon Landry with a pair of Tigers aboard to end the game.
thought their left-hander (Blake Martin) did a really nice job,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He kept us
off-balance, and I think our swings were a little bit long but we were able to
hang in there. The winning team scored more runs in one inning than the losing
team scored in the entire game. We were fortunate to put up six runs in the
seventh and Buddy (Munroe) came up with a big three-run homer there. I don’t
care if we win 1-0 or 10-9 because every win counts.”
Prior to UF’s seventh turn at bat, Bradford
took over for Martin, who had surrendered four hits and two runs with five
strikeouts over six innings. Senior Dustin
Bamberg (Winter Haven, Fla.)
greeted the righty with his first double of the year and senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.)
laced a single through the right side. Senior Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) delivered an RBI single into left field to
score Bamberg and alertly moved to second on the
relay for two men in scoring position before sophomore Matt den Dekker (Ft.
tied the game with an infield hit. Munroe
cleared the bases with a three-run shot over the fence in left for a 7-4
margin that ended Bradford’s time on the hill. Sophomores Jonathan Pigott (Ormond
Beach, Fla.) and Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) had consecutive one-out singles
off freshman Jordan Nicholson, prompting another pitching change. Figueroa
stole second and an errant throw by sophomore catcher Sean Ochinko
enabled Pigott to score the eighth run.
its final three outs, LSU loaded the bases with one down. Junior Derek Helenihi singled through the left
side off sophomore Clint Franklin (Orlando, Fla.)
and sophomore Blake Dean walked before a fielder’s choice by junior Matt Gaudet forced Dean at second for the first out. Sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper
City, Fla.) replaced Franklin (1.1 IP, 2 R, 1 R) and yielded an infield single to junior Matt Clark to
fill the bags. Edmondson came out of the pen and had Ochinko
ground out to Townsend at third, enabling Dean to come across. Although a
throwing error by Townsend left runners on the corners and the Tigers trailing
by three runs, Edmondson fanned Landry on three pitches to seal the victory.
belted a solo shot with two down in the first to begin the scoring. His third
round-tripper marked the 13th time this season Florida has scored in the first frame and 14
of the squad’s 26 homers this year have come with two outs.
evened the game in the third with a two-out single up the middle off Bullock. Sophomore
Ryan Schimpf opened the stanza with a base-hit and
moved over to second on a grounder by Helenihi. Gaudet stroked a 1-2 offering into center for a 1-1 score.
provided the Tigers with a 3-1 lead with a bases-loaded, two-run double in the
fourth. Ochinko reached on a fielding error by
Figueroa and took second on Bullock’s first balk of the season. Freshman DJ LeMahieu had an infield single with two down and stole
second for two runners aboard before Schimpf drew a
walk. Helenihi smacked a double into left to drive in
Ochinko and LeMahieu, but Schimpf was nailed at the dish on a relay from Figueroa to Munroe.
worked out of a jam in the fifth after the Tigers had runners on the corners
with one out. Gaudet earned a free pass and took
third on a single into right field by Clark.
Bullock rebounded to have Ochinko fly out to shallow
center field and induced a ground ball by Landry that forced Clark
at second base.
Dekker pulled Florida
within 3-2 in the bottom of the inning with his third homer. His one-out homer
cleared the right-field fence. Clark later jacked
his team-leading 11th dinger with two down in the seventh off Bullock for a
two-run LSU advantage.
out-hit Florida, 13-12, as Clark
was 3-for-5 and the trio of Helenihi (2-for-5, two
RBI), junior Nicholas Pontiff (2-for-4) and LeMahieu
(2-for-3) registered multiple-hit outings. den Dekker
went 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice and both Bamberg and Figueroa were 2-for-4 for UF. The
teams will meet again tomorrow at 4 p.m., with junior Patrick Keating (Harrisburg,
Ill.) (3-0, 2.92) expected to
take the mound for the Gators against a pitcher to be announced.
- The Gators improved to 16-1
at McKethan Stadium this season.
- UF’s three homers matched a
- Florida entered the seventh inning with four hits in
the game and tallied seven in the stanza.
- Josh Edmondson picked up his
first save since March 8, 2006 against UNC Greensboro.
- Matt den Dekker matched his
career high with three hits.
- After having his 14-game
hitting streak snapped on Wednesday night, Avery Barnes went 0-for-4.
- Jonathan Pigott
returned to the lineup after missing two games and was 1-for-4 and scored