Fifth-ranked Georgia (29-12-1/15-3-1 SEC) raced out to a 6-0
lead in the third inning on its way to a 7-4 victory over Florida (25-16/10-9 SEC) on Friday night at McKethan Stadium. Junior Bryce Massanari
was 3-for-5 with four RBI, highlighted by a three-run homer, junior Gordon
Beckham went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of runs and sophomore Joey
Lewis was 3-for-5. Junior Trevor Holder (6-2) worked seven innings for the
victory and senior Joshua Fields struck out all five batters he faced for his
Holder was outstanding,” head coach Kevin
O’Sullivan said. “He threw 75 pitches through seven innings, while Billy
(Bullock) threw 112 pitches in six innings. Holder threw a ton of first-pitch
strikes and I think Billy was 10 out of 32 for first-pitch strikes. We were
behind in the count and got into some hitters’ counts and they really made us
pay for it.”
wasn’t commanding his secondary pitches like the slider and change-up,”
O’Sullivan continued. “I think he threw 50 percent strikes, which is hard to do
against a good-hitting team like Georgia. We needed him to move the
ball in and out and change speeds and he just wasn’t able to do that.”
The Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the
first against sophomore Billy Bullock
(3-3) on a bases-loaded RBI single by Massanari
and a sac fly by freshman Lyle Allen. Senior Matt Olson and Beckham had
back-to-back singles before sophomore Rich Poythress
walked on four pitches to fill the sacks. Massanari
sent a 2-0 offering into right field and Allen flew out to right to give UGA a
four runs on six hits in the third to build a 6-0 lead. Olson led off with his
sixth homer to right field and Beckham smacked his 15th double before Poythress had a base-hit for runners on the corners. Massanari bashed his fifth round-tripper to clear the bases
for a six-run margin. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one down, as Lewis singled,
sophomore Matt Cerione doubled and sophomore Michael Demperio walked. Bullock worked out of further trouble by having
senior Ryan Piesel ground into an inning-ending
An RBI single by sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee,
Fla.) put the Gators on the
board in the fourth off Holder. Junior Avery
Barnes (High Springs, Fla.)
started the frame with a double down the left-field line and moved to third on
sophomore Matt den Dekker’s (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
grounder. Figueroa stroked a base-knock into right to drive in Barnes and
freshman Josh Adams (Jacksonville,
Fla.) came through with a hit
for two runners aboard with one out. Holder induced a grounder by senior Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.)
that resulted in a 6-4-3 double play.
Beckham’s second double of the game provided Georgia
with a 7-1 advantage in the sixth. Peisel had doubled
to begin the inning and Beckham ripped a two-bagger to the fence in left for
his third hit of the contest.
The Gators pulled within 7-4 in the seventh,
highlighted by a towering two-run homer by senior Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.)
off the top of the scoreboard overlooking right field. McArthur doubled with
two down to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.) laced an RBI
single into center to score sophomore pinch runner Clayton Pisani (Naples, Fla.). Barber
stepped to the dish and jacked Holder’s initial offering out of the yard for
his second dinger of 2008.
Barnes reached on catcher’s interference with one
down in the eighth against sophomore Alex McRee, who
replaced Holder (7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R) at the start of the inning. den Dekker battled back from an 0-2 count to earn a free
pass and Figueroa deposited a Texas Leaguer into shallow center to load the bases.
Fields was called out of the bullpen and slammed the door with strikeouts of
Adams and Pisani. The fireballer
retired the side in order to end the ballgame.
Bullock set a career high with seven strikeouts but
surrendered 12 hits and seven runs over six innings. The trio
of freshman Travis Lawler (College Station, Texas)
(1.0 IP, 2 H), sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper City,
Fla.) (0.2 IP) and
sophomore Clint Franklin (Orlando, Fla.)
(1.1 IP) combined to keep UGA scoreless over the final three stanzas. The
Bulldogs held a 15-9 edge in hits, as the Gators had three players with two
apiece. Junior Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.)
(2-2, 3.45) will start tomorrow’s second game for UF at 3 p.m., live on Sun
Sports, against right-hander Stephen Dodson (5-1, 3.46).
Barnes has three straight multiple-hit games.
Bullock has only two decisions in his last seven SEC starts.
During Brandon McArthur’s
12-game hitting streak, the senior is 21-for-48 (.438) with six RBI, three
doubles and four runs
home run in the sixth inning was his first since game two of a doubleheader vs.
Eastern Michigan on Feb. 27.
In the series,
the away team has won the opening game of the series in four of the last five
only the second time all year Florida played
back-to-back games without committing an error (Feb. 22-23 vs. Siena).
Barnes is 10 for
his last 14 (.714) with three RBI, four runs, a double and a triple.