Senior left-hander Chris Key held Florida to a season-low four hits over
nine innings to help No. 3 seed San Jose State to a 4-1 victory over
second-seeded Florida in the first round of the Waco Regional at Baylor
Ballpark. Florida (41-22-1) lost in the first round of NCAA postseason
play for the first time since 1985, dropping into the loser’s bracket to
face the loser of the Sourthwest Texas State and Baylor on Saturday at 3
Mike Smalley (6-8) took the loss for Florida, allowing three runs (two
earned) on five hits. Key (12-2) won his 12th game of the season, holding
UF to just five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
San Jose State (37-20) scored single runs in the third thru sixth innings
to build a four-run advantage on the 14th-ranked Florida squad. SJSU
scored its first run with the help of a Florida error in the third inning,
scoring the first run of the game on a fielder’s choice. Right fielder
Brandon Macchi, who doubled to leadoff the fourth inning, scored on a
groundout. SJSU added a run on a sacrfice fly in the fifth and Adam
Shorsher hit a solo home run in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.
Florida rallied for a single run in the ninth to avoid its first shutout
of the season. Pete Nystrom lined out to center field to end the game with
one runner on third base.