Junior right-hander Patrick Keating (Harrisburg,
limited No. 5 Georgia (29-14-1/15-5-1 SEC) to two runs over 6.2 innings and
senior Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.)
(2-for-4) had a key three-run double to help Florida (27-16/12-9 SEC) claim its
weekend series over the league leaders with a 7-2 victory at McKethan Stadium in front of 3,271 fans on Sunday
Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) (2-for-4) connected on a two-run
shot in the eighth and senior Josh
Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) threw 2.1 scoreless innings to pick
up his second save. UF ended a three-series losing skid in conference action
and handed UGA its first defeat in seven SEC series.
obviously puts us in a better situation,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Before the weekend, we were three games
above .500 in the league and to beat a team like Georgia will give us confidence
going into a tough stretch of games this week.”
Keating has been really consistent for us,” O’Sullivan continued. “He struck
out (Matt) Olson in a big situation in the middle of the game and really came
through and made a big pitch when he needed to.
He has been doing that all year for us.”
needed this win just as much as we did,” the first-year Gator skipper said. “A
team can be in a good spot one week and a week later be
in a bad spot in the league. This was just a typical Florida
game, it’s a rivalry. Their team was pumped before the game and so were we. It
was a tough battle but those big innings were what helped us.”
“To a lot
of us, this game was one of the biggest of the season,” Keating said. “We have
been struggling during the last couple of SEC weekends and to come out and beat
a good team like Georgia
is going to help us. We have a couple
tough games this week and then we go up and face South Carolina, so I think that this is one
of the biggest wins for us this season.”
The Gators jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third,
highlighted by a bases-clearing three-run double by McArthur off junior Nathan
Moreau (1-2). Sophomore Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and junior Avery
Barnes (High Springs, Fla.)
drew consecutive walks to start the frame and a ground ball from Adams forced Pigott at third.
Sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.)
(3-for-4) sliced a single into left to fill the bags with one down and McArthur
roped his eighth double of the season just inside the left-field line for a
three-run advantage. Sophomore reliever Dean Weaver was summoned to replace
Moreau (2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R) and was greeted by a two-out RBI single into right
field by senior Jon Townsend (London,
Ky.) to bring home McArthur.
Keating worked out of trouble in the fifth to keep
the Dawgs off the board. Sophomore Matt Cerione singled into left field,
stole second and sophomore Michael Demperio drew a
walk for two runners aboard. A fielder’s choice by senior Ryan Peisel erased Demperio at second
and advanced Cerione to third. Peisel
moved into scoring position with a stolen base and Keating struck out senior
Matt Olson on a 3-2 pitch after the batter had fouled off several pitches.
for another run in the sixth was cut down when Adams
was thrown out at the plate on Figueroa’s two-out double. Adams
was attempting to score from first base but a perfect relay from freshman left
fielder Lyle Allen to junior shortstop Gordon Beckham to junior catcher Bryce Massanari.
three hits in the seventh and reached Keating for two runs. Allen led off with
a base-hit through the right side and sophomore Robbie O’Bryan earned a free
pass before Cerione bashed an RBI double into the
left-field gap. With runners on second and third, Demperio
lofted an apparent sacrifice fly into right field. However, Pigott
gunned down junior pinch runner Adam Fuller at the dish with a perfect strike
to junior catcher Teddy Foster (Jacksonville, Fla.)
for the double play. Edmondson relieved Keating (6.2 IP, 7 H, 6 K, 2 R) and yielded a single to Peisel
that brought across Cerione. The righty had Olson
ground out to keep UF in front by two runs.
Sophomore Alex McRee
replaced Weaver (3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) before the home part of the seventh and
permitted an infield single by sophomore Matt
den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla.) and a walk to Townsend
with one down. The southpaw had senior Dustin
Bamberg (Winter Haven, Fla.) fly out and Foster delivered an
important RBI single to provide the Gators with a 5-2 lead.
cranked his seventh homer with Barnes aboard in the eighth for a 7-2 cushion.
Barnes drew a leadoff walk and Adams sent a
1-0 pitch over the wall in left center to complete the scoring. Florida did not commit
any errors for the third-straight contest and out-hit the Dawgs,
12-8. The Gators will host Florida
A-Sun) in the opener of a two-game series on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. UF edged the Eagles, 2-1, on March 11.
For the weekend, Florida was 30-for-99 (.303) with eight
extra-base hits (six doubles, two homers) and was 6-for-6 on stolen bases.
stolen bases in the series were its most for an SEC series all season and the
most since March 8th-9th vs. Brown.
For the series, freshman Josh Adams was
4-for-11 (.367) with a homer, two RBI, four runs and two walks and sophomore
Matt den Dekker was 4-for-11 (.367) with three runs, three stolen bases, two
runs and two walks.
The last time Florida
went four-consecutive games without committing an error was April 17-23, 2005
(vs. Alabama, Florida
State, two vs. Auburn).
Junior Patrick Keating matched his
career-high of six strikeouts.
Florida turned its
SEC-leading 55th double-play of the season in the top of the seventh.
This weekend marked the first time
since 1998 that the Gators defeated the Bulldogs at home by four or more runs
in back-to-back games.
During Brandon McArthur’s last 14
games, the senior is 23-for-54 (.438) with 10 RBI, five runs and four doubles.
The Gators have defeated Georgia
in five of the last six contests.