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Tuesday April 3, 2012North Florida Downs No. 1 UF Baseball, 10-5

Jacksonville, Fla.

North Florida (18-13) plated four runs in the second inning and scored in six different innings to defeat No. 1 Florida (24-5), 10-5, on Tuesday night in front of 2,144 fans at Harmon Stadium, the second-highest attendance in the facility’s history.

 

Senior T.J. Gavlik was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, senior Andrew Karmeris (2-for-5) homered and doubled and sophomore Alex Bacon was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs to help the Ospreys snap a three-game losing streak to the Gators. Senior Chandler Jagodzinski (1-0) threw two scoreless innings as the second of UNF’s five pitchers to earn the victory, while freshman Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) (1-1), the second of eight Gator pitchers, took the loss.

 

The Gators took advantage of an error to take a 1-0 lead against senior Evan Stermer in the first inning. Senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) (3-for-4, two runs) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a leadoff infield single and freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (3-for-5) followed with a base-hit into right field. Junior Mike Zunino’s (Cape Coral, Fla.) grounder to third base was misplayed by Andrew Karmeris, enabling Pigott to score and Turgeon to reach third. Stermer retired both senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) and freshman Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) on foul pop-ups and had junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) ground out to end the frame.

 

Making his return to action for the first time since Feb. 26, freshman right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) breezed through the first inning on eight pitches (seven strikes) and registered a pair of strikeouts.

 

UNF used four-straight hits off Poyner and five total in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead. Sophomore Tyler Marincov started things off with a double and senior Michael Wesner (3-for-4, two runs) singled into right field to move his teammate to third. Bacon doubled to deep left center to clear the bases and give the Ospreys a 2-1 lead. Junior Chris Carter (2-for-4) singled into left field for runners on the corners and Poyner (4 H, 4 R, 3 ER) was replaced by freshman Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.). Bacon scored on junior Corey Bass’ fielder’s choice, and a throwing error by junior first baseman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) enabled Carter to take third. Gavlik roped an RBI single into left field to bring home Carter with the fourth run. A sacrifice bunt by junior Joe Wielbruda pushed Bass and Gavlik into scoring position and Magliozzi caught Andrew Karmeris looking on strikes and had junior Paul Karmeris ground out to prevent any further damage.

 

A two-out RBI single by Carter in the third frame expanded UNF’s advantage to 5-1. Wesner poked a one-out single into right field and was able to reach second base on a fielding error by Tucker. Magliozzi had Bacon foul out to third base and Carter drove in Wesner with a hard single up the middle.   

 

Andrew Karmeris launched his third homer of the year to left field with two down in the fourth to build a 6-1 margin for the Ospreys.

 

Florida narrowed the gap to 6-3 in the fifth inning. Junior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) (1-for-4, two runs) reached on an error by Gavlik to open the stanza, Pigott drew a walk from freshman Spencer Herrmann and Turgeon bunted for a single to load the bases with none out. Zunino grounded into a 5-3 double play, bringing Dent across, and Tucker delivered an RBI single into left center to score Turgeon and prompt a pitching change. Junior Trey Ferrano came in for Herrmann (1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and had Gushue ground out.

 

Sophomore Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) replaced Magliozzi (3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) prior to the Ospreys’ fifth at bat and surrendered a one-out single into center field to Bacon before walking Carter and Bass to fill the bags. Gavlik brought home Bacon with an RBI grounder to first base for a 7-3 score, ending the stint for Gibson. Freshman Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) had Wielbruda line out to Fontana to strand the runners.

 

The Ospreys tacked on another run in the sixth on a wild pitch for an 8-3 lead. Andrew Karmeris doubled to left field to begin the inning and went to third on a grounder by his brother Paul. Shafer had Marincov fly out to center field and then walked Wesner intentionally before uncorking a wild pitch that brought home Karmeris.

 

Zunino lofted a sacrifice fly in the seventh that brought the Gators within 8-4. Pigott led off the frame with a single and Turgeon blooped a double down the left-field line. Zunino’s team-leading sixth sac fly reduced the deficit to four runs and redshirt freshman Jamie Cardwell replaced Ferrano (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R). Tucker walked on four pitches but was picked off first base before Gushue drew a two-out free pass. Cardwell had Fontana fly out to complete the inning.

 

In the bottom of the frame, Gavlik ripped an RBI triple into right center field off freshman Corey Stump (Lakeland, Fla.) to score Bass and Andrew Karmeris’ two-out grounder was misplayed by Maddox to bring home Gavlik for a 10-4 score.

 

Pigott’s third hit of the night was a two-out double to the gap in right center field in the eighth that drove in Dent with the game’s final run. Dent had singled and gone to second on a throwing error. UNF held a 13-10 advantage in hits and each team committed three errors.   

 

Florida returns to McKethan Stadium on Thursday night by hosting No. 7 LSU (22-6/6-3 SEC) on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. in the opener of a three-game series.

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