Sunday April 20, 2008No. 17 UK Edges No. 24 Baseball, 3-2, In 10 Innings
Lexington, KY -
Lexington, KY -
A bases-loaded walk to senior Brian Spear in the 10th inning brought home sophomore Keenan Wiley with the winning run as No. 17 Kentucky (30-9/9-9 SEC) defeated No. 24 Florida (25-15/10-8 SEC), 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium in the rubber game of the weekend series. Junior Scott Green (4-2) struck out all five Gator batters he faced to earn the victory.
In the final frame, Wiley (3-for-5) had delivered a
leadoff double off freshman Tommy Toledo
his team-leading 15th homer in the opening stanza to stake the Wildcats to a
1-0 lead against junior Stephen Locke (
UF had runners on the corners with two down in the
third but could not get on the board. Junior Avery Barnes (
In the bottom of the frame, the Wildcats used a sacrifice fly by Spear to take a 2-0 lead. Wiley led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Carroll earned a free pass and Spear notched his second sac fly of the season.
The Gators knotted the game at 2-2 in the sixth on
den Dekker’s team-best seventh homer. Barnes started things off with a base-hit
into right and den Dekker sent Dombrowski’s 1-1 pitch
over the right-field wall to forge a stalemate. Freshman Josh Adams (
Barnes collected his third hit with two down in the seventh, prompting a pitching change. Over 6.2 innings, Dombrowski permitted seven hits, notched seven strikeouts and issued one walk. With den Dekker at the plate, Barnes stole second base but over-slid the bag and was tagged out in a rundown to end the frame.
Locke departed with two out in the seventh after
yielding a single to Wiley. The southpaw gave up five hits with only one walk
in 6.2 innings of work. Making his first career relief appearance,
Carroll began the home portion of the eighth with a towering shot to straightaway center field, only to have den Dekker reach over the 390-foot mark to prevent a possible round-tripper. Green later replaced senior Brock Baber (0.2 IP, 2 K) with one out in the ninth and set down both batters he faced in that frame before retiring the Gators in order in the 10th.
UF held a 7-6 advantage in hits, led by Barnes
(3-for-5), den Dekker (2-for-4) and Adams (2-for-4). The Gators will host
league-leading No. 7 Georgia (27-12/14-3 SEC) next weekend at McKethan Stadium. UGA claimed the first two games over LSU