Saturday April 26, 2008Baseball Evens Series With 7-2 Win Over No. 5 UGA
Gainesville, FL -
Gainesville, FL -
On a day when Florida’s 20th anniversary NCAA College World Series Team was recognized in pregame ceremonies, junior Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.) registered his first career complete game to lift the Gators (26-16/11-9 SEC) to a 7-2 victory over No. 5 Georgia (29-13-1/15-4-1 SEC). On his second weekend start of the year, the left-hander (3-2) scattered eight hits and allowed two runs in going the distance. UF’s win squared the weekend series at McKethan Stadium and ended the Bulldogs’ 12-game unbeaten streak in league action. It also snapped an eight-game home slide to UGA dating back to April 27, 2002.
“Anytime you play a quality team like
“We had a good game today and were able to bounce back from last night,” Locke said. “We got the lead early and the defense played great behind me. Being able to have a complete game takes a lot of pressure off of our bullpen. Tomorrow’s a big game, so hopefully I put us in a position to have some fresh arms.”
The Gators seized a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI grounder by Townsend. den Dekker reached on an infield single with one down, stole both second and third and came home on Townsend’s ground ball to third base.
UF erupted for four runs on four hits in the fourth
to create a 5-0 cushion. Freshman Josh
A two-out single by senior Ryan Peisel in the fifth narrowed UGA’s deficit to 5-1. Freshman Lyle Allen started things off with a base-hit up the middle before the Gators turned their SEC-leading 52nd double play of the season on sophomore Joey Lewis’ grounder. Consecutive singles by sophomores Matt Cerione and Michael Demperio was followed by Peisel’s knock up the middle. Locke had senior Matt Olson fly out to strand the runners.
Sophomore Justin Earls replaced Dodson prior to the
home part of the fifth and walked sophomore Avery Barnes (
Junior Gordon Beckham, the nation’s home run
leader, launched his 20th with two down in the eighth to finalize the 7-2
· Senior Bryson Barber is 12 for his last 31 (.387) with a home run, three doubles and four RBI.
· Matt den Dekker became the first Gator player to steal three bases in a game since Jonathan Tucker swiped three bags vs. Vanderbilt on March 27th, 2004.
The game was only the second
complete-game performance by a
· Freshman second baseman Josh Adams collected a season team-high nine assists in the game.
· The Gators improved to 20-6 when scoring first.
· UF is now 10-3 when it doesn’t commit an error.