Tuesday May 13, 2008Baseball Overwhelms USF, 12-2
“The night was more about starting pitching for us than our bullpen,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Tommy came out and gave us a good start to the game. That gave the offense a chance to get out and get on the board and we swung the bat really well tonight.”
“Our pitchers did well,” the first-year skipper continued. “They didn’t strike out a whole lot of guys, but they put the ball in play and pitched well early in the count. Our thought process after Sunday’s game was to throw Tommy right back out there. We didn’t want him to sit on the previous game for a week and feel bad about it. His pitch count was 45 pitches and he got right into it. It was good to get him out there so that he will have some confidence going into the weekend.”
“Our bullpen did a great job in this game, coming in and throwing strikes,” Pisani said. “That saved some arms for this weekend which is really important. Before the game, the coaches changed my approach a little bit and I was working on going the other way. Their pitcher tried coming in on me with an inside fastball with two strikes and I just got my barrel out there.
“It felt good to get out there and get on the board first,” Pisani said. “That is always a good boost for our team. The coaches challenged us to keep pounding out the big innings and we were able to so that was huge tonight.”
The Gators took a 2-0 lead in the second on a
two-run homer by Pisani. Senior Jon Townsend (
Senior Joey Angelberger led off the sixth with his seventh homer that cleared the wall in right center field to put the Bulls on the board.
The Gators erupted for five runs and four hits with
two down in the seventh off freshman Junior Carlin, highlighted by a two-run
dinger by Pigott, for a commanding 11-1 margin. Adams
started the rally with a walk and den Dekker extended his hitting streak to 10
games before Townsend bashed a double to right center to bring in
The Bulls plated an unearned run in the eighth on
an RBI single by sophomore Chris Rey off sophomore Tony Davis (
UF will host Eastern Division rival No. 13
Vanderbilt (37-15/15-11 SEC) starting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in its final
league series. The Gators are locked into a four-way tie for fourth with
· In his last 14 games, sophomore Matt den Dekker is 23-for-51 (.451) with 15 RBI, 12 runs, eight stolen bases, two homers and a double.
Sophomore Jonathan Pigott’s
home run in the seventh was his first since hitting a two-run shot against
· In his last eight home games, freshman Josh Adams is 14-for-28 (.500) with seven runs and six RBI.