Tuesday April 8, 2008No. 21 Baseball Handles North Florida, 5-3
Gainesville, FL -
Gainesville, FL -
“I was a little nervous early in the game being down by three runs, but we battled back,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “(Kyle) Mullaney battled and gave up three runs in six innings, which was important for him to do. If we had to go deep into our bullpen in the first game of the week, then that could have set the tone for the rest of the weekend. He battled and the bottom line is that giving up three runs over six innings is a quality start for anyone.”
“This was a good win because we have been struggling a little bit recently,” Pigott said. “It was nice to come out and beat them and it was a big win for the entire team.”
“That was good for Jonathan and the best thing was that he hit a breaking ball,” O’Sullivan said. “Good things happen when players work hard and he stayed on that breaking ball and hit the ball hard on the ground. Hopefully that will be a good jump start for him.”
The Ospreys tallied three runs on five hits in the
second off sophomore right-hander Kyle Mullaney (
The Gators used another two-out burst in the fifth
to load the bases, only to come away empty-handed. Adams and senior Bryson Barber (
In the sixth, Barnes stroked a two-out single off sophomore Tucker Pryor, stole second and took third on a throwing error by UNF catcher Lowe. den Dekker drew a four-pitch walk for Gator runners on the corners but Pryor worked out of trouble by having Figueroa’s grounder force the runner at second.
The Gators seized a 4-3 lead in the seventh on a clutch two-out single into left field by Pigott, who had been mired in a 1-for-25 slump. Barber rifled a one-out double down the right-field line and Pisani was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, setting the stage for Pigott’s base-knock.
UF tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on an
RBI single by Figueroa off junior Ty Pryor that plated Barnes. Barnes had opened
the stanza with his third hit of the night and raced to third on a single into
right by den Dekker. Figueroa punched a single into right for a 5-3
The Gators held a 15-13 edge in hits, as their top five hitters in the lineup had two apiece and were a combined 12-for-24 (.500) with four runs and four RBI. The teams will play the rubber game of their regular-season series tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.