Jeff Cardozo (Hobe Sound, Fla.) pitched a complete game to lead Florida to
a 5-2 win over Vanderbilt Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improved
to 21-14, 6-5 in Southeastern Conference play, while Vanderbilt dropped to
14-15, 2-8 in SEC play.
Vanderbilt jumped out to a two-run lead with a pair of first inning runs
off Cardozo (pictured), but the Commodores were limited to just three hits
over the final eight innings as UF recorded its 14th comeback win of the
Cardozo (3-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk and
six strikeouts. It was the first complete game for UF since Keith Brice
accomplished the feat against Tennessee on March 19, 1999. Zach Cook (1-3)
took the loss for Vanderbilt.
Kevin Estrada provided Florida’s first two runs with a sacrifice fly in
fourth inning and a run-scoring double down the right field line in the
With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth, Tony Socarras led off
the inning with a single, advancing to third on Aaron Sobieraj’s ground
out. Socarras then scored the winning run on a wild pitch by reliever Jeff
Little. After Mark Kiger walked and Matt Siegel was hit by a pitch, Kurt
Keene tripled off the wall in right field to score the two insurance
Cardozo retired Vanderbilt in order in the ninth, recording back-to-back
strikeouts to end the game. He retired the final 14 Vanderbilt batters in
order and 17 of 18 overall to end the game.