Saturday February 16, 2013No. 13 Florida Baseball Squares Series Against Duke, 4-2
No. 13 Florida (1-1) evened its weekend series with a 4-2 victory over Duke (1-1) on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. Sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) clubbed a three-run homer in the first inning, freshman right-hander Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) worked four innings in his collegiate debut, freshman left-hander Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) (1-0) earned the win in his first action with 3.2 shutout innings and sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) collected his first career save by setting down all four Blue Devils he faced. The teams will play the rubber game on the season’s opening weekend tomorrow at 12 p.m.
“We got off to a good start today,” said head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. “Casey [Turgeon] put a really good swing on the ball and the ball stayed straight. From our angle, it looked like it wanted to take a right turn, but it stayed straight luckily for us. He’s hitting third for a reason and those first two guys got on base and did a nice job. We do have to do a better job of trying to score – I think they put up four zeroes after that. In the first inning as well, we had first and third with a 2-0 count and [Zack] Powers up and we ended up striking out there. We need to at least try to get one run there.”
“Overall, it was our first win and we certainly have a lot of things to work on, but I was awfully pleased with our pitching. We had two freshmen go out there for 7.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, so it’s good to get those guys out there. I thought Johnny Magliozzi threw about as well as he has thrown since he’s been here.”
The Gators sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning against Duke junior Drew Van Orden (0-1) and grabbed a quick lead on a three-run homer by Turgeon that smacked the foul pole overlooking right field. Freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) had led off by reaching on a throwing error by Duke junior shortstop Angelo La Bruna and freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) followed with a walk. Turgeon belted a 2-0 pitch out of the yard for his first homer since June 1 of last season against Bethune-Cookman in the NCAA Gainesville Regional. Senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) reached on a one-out throwing error by junior second baseman Mark Lumpa and sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) singled into right field on a hit-and-run for runners on the corners. However, Van Orden worked out of further trouble by striking out redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) and picking Gushue off first base.
“The pitcher was trying to throw strikes, and I went up with one thing on my mind: look for that pitch down the middle,” Turgeon said. “He gave it to me, and I put a good swing on it. Coming out here and scoring a run in the first inning pumped our team up and got us going for the rest of the game.”
Redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini brought Duke within 3-2 in the fourth with a two-run homer. Junior Mike Rosenfeld began the inning with a single into left center for the Blue Devils’ initial hit off Simpson, stole second and went to third on a throwing error on the relay by Gushue. Marconcini delivered an opposite field shot to left field to close the gap to a run and Simpson responded by setting down the next three hitters.
In the bottom of the frame, Powers singled through the right side of the infield, moved into scoring position with his first career stolen base and Tobias reached on a throwing error by junior third baseman Jordan Betts for two Gators aboard with one down. Sophomore Remy Janco replaced Van Orden (3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) and had senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) fly out to left field before giving way to redshirt junior Chase Bebout. Although Bader reached on an error by Lumpa that loaded the bases with two down, Bebout threw out Martin attempting to reach on a bunt single.
Danciu made his collegiate debut at the beginning of the fifth after Simpson went four full innings in which he gave up two hits and two runs, with three strikeouts and two walks. Junior Anthony D’Alessandro earned a free pass to start the inning, stole second as junior pinch hitter David Perkins struck out and advanced to third on a throwing error by Gushue on the play. Danciu fielded a comebacker to the mound by sophomore Andrew Istler and held D’Alessandro at third for the second out before inducing an inning-ending grounder by senior Jeff Kremer.
Freshman Nick Hendrix replaced Bebout (1.1 IP) at the outset of the Gator sixth and walked Gushue. Redshirt freshman Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) came through with a pinch-hit single for two runners on base and Tobias laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both of his teammates into scoring position. Dent then provided Florida with a 4-2 lead courtesy of a sacrifice fly into left field.
Istler started the eighth with an infield single and Danciu had Kremer ground to Ramjit, who stepped on first base and then turned a double play with Martin covering second base. Following a walk to Rosenfeld, Magliozzi took over for Danciu, who twirled 3.2 scoreless innings while permitting a couple of singles. The righty had a grounder by sophomore pinch hitter Reed Anthes force Rosenfeld at second base to complete the frame. Magliozzi hurled a perfect ninth to secure the win. Florida held a 5-4 edge in hits and the teams combined for seven errors (four by Duke, three by Florida).
“It was awesome to be out there on the field with everyone,” Danciu said of his performance. “For me, it was exciting to have my first outing at Florida and I had a lot of guys do well behind me.”
Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) will make his collegiate starting debut in tomorrow’s series finale at 12 p.m. against a Duke pitcher to be announced. The game will be carried live on GatorVision and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.
· Florida posted its first win of the season.
· Parker Danciu was the winning pitcher in his collegiate debut.
· Johnny Magliozzi closed out the game for the Gators by retiring all four batters that he faced.
· Florida’s win brought it to within 3-2 in the all-time series with Duke.
· Right-hander Tucker Simpson made his collegiate debut today as the Gators’ starting pitcher.
· Simpson’s first collegiate strikeout came in the top of the first, when he ended the inning by forcing Duke’s Chris Marconcini to swing and miss.
· Sophomore Casey Turgeon hit the Gators’ first home run of the season Saturday afternoon; a three-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to provide UF with its first runs of the game. Turgeon had four homers last year, with his most recent coming against Bethune Cookman on June 1, 2012.
· The three-run homer by Turgeon was the second of his career.
· Freshman Harrison Bader lined a two-out double down the left field line in his second at-bat of the game. It was the first double of his career.
· Simpson didn’t give up his first hit until the fourth inning, when Duke’s Mike Rosenfeld ripped a liner up the middle for a single.
· Zack Powers stole Florida’s first base of the year after swiping second in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out.
· UF committed three errors in Saturday’s game, its most since having three against South Carolina during the 2012 College World Series.
· After starting last night’s game, redshirt freshman Cory Reid came into Saturday’s game in the sixth inning as a pinch hitter and continued his solid start to the season with his second hit in three trips to the plate.
· Senior Cody Dent’s first RBI of the season came at a crucial part of the game, as his sacrifice fly to left field scored Gushue and gave UF a 4-2 lead in the sixth.
· Freshman pitcher Parker Danciu came into the game in the fifth inning as a reliever for his collegiate debut.
· As a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning, freshman Kevin Stypulkowski made his collegiate debut and struck out.
· After giving up the home run to Duke’s Chris Marconcini, the Florida pitching staff only gave up two hits (both singles) over the remaining 21 batters of the game.