Tennessee (18-10/6-4 SEC) tallied three runs in the
seventh to snap a 2-2 tie en route to a 5-4 victory over No. 13 Florida
(20-9/7-3 SEC) in the opener of a doubleheader at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on
Saturday afternoon. After scoring twice in the ninth on a two-run triple by
junior Avery Barnes (High Springs, Fla.), the Gators left the tying run 90
feet away and stranded a pair of runners to end the game.
Vol sophomore left-hander
Nick Hernandez (1-1) set a career high with 11 strikeouts and matched his
career best of 7.1 innings pitched and junior Danny Wiltz
recorded the final five outs for his third save. The clubs will play game two
at 4 p.m., live on Sun Sports.
Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) provided the Gators with a 1-0
lead in the first inning with a two-out double down the right-field line.
Barnes had a 10-pitch at bat against Hernandez to begin the game that ended
with a single into left field. Barnes swiped his team-leading 14th stolen base,
advanced to third on a balk and scored on Adams’
Bullock (Balm, Fla.) retired
eight-straight Vols before freshman Josh Liles
reached on a fielding error by sophomore first baseman Clayton Pisani (Naples, Fla.)
with two down in the fifth. After Liles swiped second base, the right-hander
had sophomore Cody Grisham ground out to third.
The Gators used consecutive one-out doubles in the
sixth to build a 2-0 margin. Sophomore Cole
Fla.) doubled through the left side of the
infield and Adams connected on his second two-bagger of the day and fourth in
the past two games just inside of the third-base bag for a two-run advantage.
Senior Shawn Griffin tied the game at 2-2 in the
bottom of the inning with a two-out, two-run homer deep to right field. Senior
Andy Simunic had led off with a base-hit and moved
over on grounders by Davis and sophomore Yan Gomes. Griffin smacked a 2-0 offering from Bullock
out of the yard for his third round-tripper of the campaign.
Bullock departed after six innings in which he gave
up three hits and two runs, with two walks and two strikeouts. Lockwood had a
flare into center field off senior reliever Josh Edmondson (LaGrange,
Ga.) (2-1) to start the home
part of the seventh and was sacrificed into scoring position by freshman P.J.
Polk. Liles pushed his teammate to third with a fly ball to straightaway center
and Lockwood scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball by sophomore catcher Buddy Munroe (Miami, Fla.).
Grisham followed with a double and Simunic walked
rocked a two-run double off the left-field wall for a 5-2 lead.
Things started promising for Florida
in the eighth, as Barnes doubled and senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.)
drew a walk. Hernandez finished his afternoon by having Figueroa fly out,
leaving runners on the corners for Wiltz. The righty
caught Adams looking on strikes and jammed senior Dustin Bamberg (Winter Haven, Fla.)
on an infield fly to preserve the 5-2 lead.
to pad its lead in the bottom of the stanza was stymied. Griffin
slammed a double off the wall in right center off freshman Travis Lawler (College Station,
Texas) and went to third on
junior Cody Brown’s fly out. Lockwood grounded out to third baseman Townsend,
who fired a bullet home to junior Teddy
Foster (Jacksonville, Fla.) to hold the deficit at three runs.
narrowed the gap to 5-4 in the ninth on a two-out, two-run triple by Barnes but
could not move closer. Sophomore Jonathan
Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) singled and classmate Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
drew a one-out walk to give the Gators two runners aboard. Senior pinch hitter Bryson Barner’s (Pensacola, Fla.)
fielder’s choice forced den Dekker at second and Barnes came through with a
clutch triple to clear the bases, as Pigott and
freshman pinch runner Chris Freshcorn (Tampa,
Fla.) scored. Townsend was
hit by a pitch for runners on first and third and Figueroa tagged a 2-0 pitch
from Wiltz to third that was scooped up by Brown and
thrown over to first to end the game.
Led by Barnes (3-for-5) and Adams (2-for-4), Florida held a 9-7
advantage in hits. Davis and Griffin were each 2-for-4 for UT. Freshman RHP Tommy Toledo (Tampa,
Fla.) (4-1, 2.70) will
oppose redshirt freshman lefty Bryan Morgado (3-2,
2.54) in the nightcap.