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Sunday June 20, 2010Baseball Falls To UCLA At CWS, 11-3

Omaha, Neb.

Eight starters had at least one hit as UCLA (49-14) defeated Florida (47-16), 11-3, in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA College World Series in front of 23,271 fans on Saturday night at Rosenblatt Stadium. Sophomore right-hander Trevor Bauer (11-3) registered 11 strikeouts over seven innings, giving up six hits and three runs, and established the school’s single-season K total to collect the victory. 

 

With the triumph, the Bruins next face TCU (52-12) in a winner’s bracket game on Monday night at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Meanwhile, the Gators will face Florida State (47-19) in an elimination game on Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2. It will be the fifth meeting of the campaign for the Sunshine State rivals.

 

UCLA drew first blood in the first inning against sophomore Alex Panteliodis (Tampa, Fla.) (11-3) on an RBI single by sophomore Dean Espy (3-for-6, two RBI) into left field. Having hit three batters all season, Panteliodis plunked both junior Niko Gallego (4-for-5, two runs) and freshman Beau Amaral (3-for-4) to begin the contest. Redshirt senior Blair Dunlap moved his teammates into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Espy followed with a base-hit to drive in Gallego. The Bruins tried to bring Amaral across on a suicide squeeze bunt by freshman Cody Regis, only to have Panteliodis throw the runner out at the plate. The lefty worked out of trouble by striking out junior Chris Giovinazzo.

 

The Gators answered in the bottom of the frame on a two-run, two-out single by freshman Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) (1-for-4) off Bauer to seize a 2-1 lead. Freshman Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk after an eight-pitch at bat and senior Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) raised his hitting streak to eight games with a single into right field. Bauer was called for a balk to advance both runners into scoring position but then rebounded to have sophomore Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) pop up in foul territory and freshman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) go down looking on strikes. Johnson roped the right-hander’s next offering through the left side of the infield to score both of his teammates and boost his hitting streak to 10 games. Freshman Mike Zunino’s (Cape Coral, Fla.) bid for extra bases fell short on an inning-ending diving catch by center fielder Amaral.

 

Although Florida threatened in the second with a pair of runners in scoring position, Bauer kept the Gators off the board. Sophomore Tyler Thompson (Tequesta, Fla.) led off with an infield hit but was erased at second on a fielder’s choice by junior Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.). Soon after, Adams swiped second and moved to third on a throwing error by sophomore catcher Steve Rodriguez. Bauer struck out senior Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Fontana earned his second free pass of the contest. Fontana moved over on a theft but Bauer countered with a strikeout of den Dekker to end the frame.

 

The Bruins plated three runs on three hits in the third and were helped by a Gator error and a wild pitch to build a 4-2 advantage. Gallego and Amaral began the stanza with back-to-back singles and then executed a double steal. Dunlap reached on a fielding error by Maddox at third, enabling Gallego to score the tying run, and Panteliodis uncorked a wild pitch to bring home Amaral. Regis delivered an RBI single into center to put UCLA up by two runs.

 

In the fourth, Rodriguez (2-for-4) drew a one-out walk and Gallego ripped a double into left center to chase Panteliodis (3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER) and give the Bruins two men in scoring position. Freshman Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) took over on the mound and a passed ball by Zunino allowed Rodriguez to come in for a 5-2 cushion. Amaral drew a walk and Dunlap was hit to fill the bags with one down. The southpaw fanned Espy and Regis to prevent any further damage.

 

Adams connected on his ninth homer with one down in the bottom of the inning to bring the Gators within 5-3. It came on a 3-1 pitch from Bauer and landed in the left-field seats.

 

Giovinazzo started the fifth with a base-hit up the middle and Rodriguez (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R) hit senior Justin Uribe (2-for-4, two runs) to prompt another Florida pitching change. Junior Brett Krill greeted senior Jeff Barfield (Perry, Ga.) with a sacrifice bunt that advanced his teammates and Rodriguez roped a two-run single up the middle to balloon the margin to 7-3.

 

Another wild pitch by UF in the sixth resulted in an 8-3 lead. Espy led off with an infield single, stole second and went to third on a grounder by Regis. Barfield let loose a wild pitch during Giovinazzo’s at bat that enabled Espy to come racing home.

 

Junior Matt Campbell (Tampa, Fla.) took over for Barfield (2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R) to start the seventh and the Bruins boosted their margin to 9-3 on an RBI single by Amaral that scored Rodriguez, who had doubled to open the stanza.

 

Krill provided UCLA with a seven-run margin in the eighth with a base-hit up the middle that drove in Uribe, who had stroked a two-out double down the right-field line. Espy had an RBI single through the right side of the infield off redshirt sophomore Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) in the ninth to complete the scoring. UCLA had an 18-6 advantage in hits and scored in eight of the nine frames.

 

Game Notes

·          Florida fell to 8-12 (.400) all-time in the NCAA College World Series.

·          Tonight’s contest was the first-ever meeting between the Gators and the Bruins in the NCAA College World Series, with Florida dropping to 3-2 all-time versus UCLA.

·          Florida fell to 2-4 (.333) against teams from the Pac-10 at the CWS.

·          The Gators and Bruins both scored in the first inning, marking the first time since 1947 that every team in the first two CWS games scored in the first frame. UF dropped to 3-10 (.300) when its opponent scores in the opening stanza.

·          UCLA’s 11 runs on 18 hits were the most allowed by Florida in the College World Series since Southern California scored 12 runs on 19 hits in a 12-10, 11-inning win against UF in the 1998 CWS. The run total was the most given up by the Gators since a 15-3 loss at Ole Miss on March 27 and marked the most runs ever scored by the Bruins versus Florida.

·          Florida lost by at least eight runs in the NCAA College World Series for the first time since a 19-8 setback vs. LSU in the 1991 College World Series. The eight-run margin of victory was UCLA’s highest ever vs. Florida.

·          Twenty-three of the team’s 43 RBI this NCAA Tournament have been of the two-out variety.

·          Over Florida’s 10 postseason games, freshman Brian Johnson is hitting a team-high .500 (14-for-28) with nine RBI, four runs and four extra-base hits (two doubles, one homer and a triple). Johnson also extended his career-high hitting streak to 10 games.

·          Nolan Fontana is hitting .333 (7-for-21) in six NCAA Tournament games with nine walks, seven runs, three RBI, two doubles and a homer. Fontana became the eighth player in school history to walk three times in a NCAA Tournament game with three walks tonight.

·          After out-scoring opponents by a margin of 64-19 in the third inning, Florida was outscored by UCLA, 3-0, in the third frame.

·          Florida’s four wild pitches were its most since throwing six against Miami (Fla.) on March 1, 2009.

·          Alex Panteliodis allowed a season-high tying five runs (four earned) after allowing just four runs (all earned) in his first two NCAA Tournament starts this year. Panteliodis hit the first two batters of the game after hitting just three batters all season.

·          Steven Rodriguez hit two batters tonight after having hit zero batters in his previous 27.1 career innings.

·          The Gators have allowed a run in the first inning in five of their last six CWS games.

·          After going 3-0 as an assistant coach at Clemson in opening games at the College World Series, Kevin O’Sullivan became the first Florida head coach to lose his opening game at the CWS since Joe Arnold in 1988.

 

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