Sunday February 21, 2010Zunino's 10th-Inning Single Lifts No. 7 Baseball Over USF, 7-6
After Gator sophomore Alex Panteliodis (
“The first thing they talk about in baseball is that you have to hit the ball in-between the right two people,” Zunino said. “When you get the hit, it’s never the one you hit the hardest. You take it and we laugh about it in batting practice, those are the ones coaches call game-winners. It comes down and happens like that, how ironic. It feels good getting my first winning hit in college and it was a great ball game to be a part of. Our team stayed up the whole time and never lost confidence.”
“It was a heck of a game, I am proud of our team,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “It’s hard to simulate a situation like that in practice or scrimmages so it’s really good for our players to go through a close game and learn to come from behind. (Reliever) Justin Poovey did a great job. He settled things down for us and gave us a chance to get back in the game. It was good to get him out there and for him to do so well.”
3-1, USF plated five runs on five hits in the eighth to take a 6-3 lead. Junior
Junior Carlin (2-for-5) opened the stanza with a bunt
single and Mende followed with a walk before junior
Stephen Hunt (2-for-4) roped a double into left field to trim his club’s
deficit to 3-2. Sophomore Greg Larson (
their final three outs, the Gators scored three runs in the ninth and tied the
game on a fielding error to provide free baseball for the fans. Senior
had opened in the scoring in the first inning on a two-out, two-run infield
single by sophomore Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach,
Fla.) and an RBI single by junior Bryson Smith (Watkinsville, Ga.)
to take a 3-0 lead. den Dekker led off with a
single into right field to raise his hitting streak to 12 games, one shy of his
Sophomore right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (Freehold, N.J.) had retired 10 straight Bulls before plunking Hunt with two down in the fourth. Koscso reached on an infield hit for two runners aboard before the right-hander fanned Sim for his third strikeout.
and Taylor notched back-to-back one-out singles in the fifth for USF to end the
afternoon for DeSclafani. Over 4.1 innings in his
season debut, the righty permitted four singles and registered four strikeouts.
Junior Kevin Chapman (
“Chapman’s double play ball was a great turnaround for the team,” DeSclafani said. “We always seem to end up getting hits together in the last inning.”
Barbosa set down 12 Gators in a row until a two-out infield hit by Tucker in the sixth. Left fielder Carlin then made a sprawling catch on a liner by Maddox to close the frame.
greeted senior Jeff Barfield (Perry, Ga.) with a double to open the
seventh before the righty caught redshirt freshman Alex Mendez looking on
strikes. Falla closed the gap to 3-1 with a double
off the left-field wall before Barfield retired
the home part of the seventh, junior Matt Stull relieved Barbosa,
who scattered five hits, gave up three runs and totaled four strikeouts in six
innings of work. Pinch hitter Thompson drew a leadoff walk but was
forced at second base on a grounder by sophomore pinch hitter Jerico Weitzel (
Mendez started the 10th with a single into right center but was thrown out at second on Buckley’s bunt. Falla punched a single through the right side of the infield for a pair of runners aboard and a fielder’s choice by sophomore pinch hitter Todd Brazeal left runners on the corners and brought in a new Gator pitcher. Over 2.2 innings, Poovey gave up two hits and had one K and a walk. Panteliodis stranded the runners by striking out Lockwood and notched his second relief win of the season.
Head coach Kevin
O’Sullivan improved to 9-0 on opening weekends, as the Gators have swept
Today was UF’s
first extra-inning game since a 10-9 win in 11 innings at
· Of the Gators’ 42 victories last season, 27 were come-from-behind.
· UF has now defeated USF a school-record seven-straight times.
· The duo of sophomore catcher Ben McMahan and senior left fielder Jonathan Pigott each made his first start of the season.
· Freshman Steven Rodriguez tossed a scoreless sixth in his first career appearance.
Bryson Smith singled in the first inning
for his first hit at
· Pigott’s stolen base in the first frame was the Gators’ first theft of the year.
· Nolan Fontana collected his first collegiate hit with an infield single in the second inning.
· Pitchers Jeff Barfield, Nick Maronde and Justin Poovey, as well as catcher Hampton Tignor and infielder Jandy Rosabal made their 2010 season debuts today.
Matt den Dekker was 6-for-13 (.462) in the
series and scored four runs, while Kamm
· The Gators out-scored the Bulls by a 22-9 margin and out-homered USF, 5-0.