Wednesday April 9, 2008No. 21 Baseball Nips North Florida, 3-2
Gainesville, FL -
An inning-ending double play in the eighth inning
preserved a 3-2 victory for No. 21 Florida (23-10) over
Freshman right-hander Travis Lawler (
“We had solid pitching tonight,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Stephen Locke did his job by
giving up one unearned run in three innings and I thought Travis Lawler’s performance was
outstanding. To have a defensive play like we had in the eighth inning was a positive sign and having Clint (
“First of all, you have to give credit to the pitchers,” said Foster. “They were making pitches in the right spots and doing what they are supposed to do. That enabled us to have the fly ball in right field. Once Pigott made the catch, I just put my feet on the plate and waited for the throw. It was perfect and I didn’t have to move. It’s pretty easy when they put it right to you.”
The Ospreys took advantage of a two-out error in
the first inning to grab a 1-0 lead. Senior Chad Knight laced a one-out single
up the middle off junior Stephen Locke (
The Gators built a 3-1 lead in the second on two hits and an error. Pigott drew a leadoff walk, swiped his first base of the season and scored on a single by Pisani. Foster tapped the ball to UNF sophomore pitcher Jonathan Turner (0-2, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R), who threw wide of second base to allow Pisani to occupy third. Barnes’ first sac fly of the campaign put the hosts up by two.
Martin led off the sixth with a single up the middle off Lawler and the right-hander had sophomore Andrew Hannon line out to Townsend for a double play. Lawler had come in after Locke gone three innings, allowing four hits and an unearned run. The Gators loaded the bases with two down in the home part of the inning, as Pisani and Foster had back-to-back singles and Townsend earned a free pass. Junior Antonio Franzese worked out of trouble by striking out Figueroa to hold the Ospreys’ deficit at 3-1.
UNF narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the seventh thanks
to a pair of two-out errors. Lawler retired the first two hitters before sophomore
Ryan Lowe reached on a fielding mistake by Townsend. Sophomore T.J. Thompson
had an infield hit off sophomore reliever Tony
The Ospreys out-hit the Gators, 9-6, as Hale went
2-for-4. Pisani’s 2-for-4 effort led the home team,
but Figueroa’s nine-game hitting streak came to an end with an
0-for-3 performance. UF returns to SEC action this weekend by hosting Western
· Junior Teddy Foster reached base in all four at bats for the first time in his career.
· Avery Barnes is now 17-for-19 on the basepaths this season.
· UF’s 19-3 record at home is its best record at home through 22 games since the 2004 squad started 20-2.
The win tonight
· The Gators are now 3-3 in one-run games.
the first time since March 11 that the Gators won despite scoring three runs or
less (2-1 over