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Wednesday February 27, 2013North Florida Defeats Florida, 7-6, In 10 Innings

Gainesville, Fla.

Senior Corey Bass delivered a one-out double to center field in the 10th inning that scored junior Alex Bacon with the eventual winning run as North Florida (6-2) dealt Florida (3-6) a 7-6 loss on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. The Gators had tied the game in the ninth with a pair of runs to force extra innings.

 

Bacon began the 10th with an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by freshman Kyle Brooks. Sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) (1-1) was called for a balk that pushed Bacon to third and Bass followed with a double to move the Ospreys in front. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) came in and plunked senior Joe Wielbruda (2-for-4) and had sophomore Drew Weeks fly out. After a wild pitch advanced both runners, Magliozzi struck out junior Tyler Marincov (2-for-5, two runs) to hold UF’s deficit at a run.

 

In the home part of the inning, sophomore pinch hitter Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) reached on a throwing error by Weilbruda to begin the frame. Freshman Corbin Olmsted moved from first base to the mound for sophomore Evan Incinelli (2-0) and Gator freshman Brady Roberson (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) sacrificed Mitchell into scoring position with a bunt. Olmstead struck out freshman pinch hitter Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) for the second out and then issued a walk to freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) on a full count. Olmstead notched his first save by having sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) fly out to center field, handing Florida its fifth loss in a row.

 

“I’m just a little disappointed,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “This is not a time to panic or start pointing fingers; we just have to play better. It’s like we’re playing back on our heels a little bit, and that’s what’s disappointing. We spent a lot of time the last few days talking about that issue and we just have to play a little bit better. We’re just not playing very well and we need to get it going. We have to learn from our mistakes. We have to move on. We’re going to coach them up and be ready to play Miami.”

 

The Ospreys threatened in the second by putting two runners in scoring position, but were kept off the board by junior Keenan Kish (Worcester, Pa.). Freshman Donnie Dewees drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a grounder by senior Paul Karmeris (2-for-5, three RBI). Kish struck out Bacon for the second out and Brooks reached on a fielding error by redshirt sophomore third baseman Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) for runners on the corners. After Brooks stole second base, Kish responded by having Bass fly out to center field.

 

In the home part of the inning, senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) was hit by junior David Trexler with one down and freshman Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) (2-for-4) followed with a single into right field for his first career hit. Trexler worked out of trouble by striking out Roberson and having senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach. Fla.) fly out to center field.

 

UNF opened the scoring in the third inning on a two-run, bases-loaded single by Dewees and an RBI grounder by Karmeris. Wielbruda started the frame with a base-hit into right field and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Following a hit-by-pitch to Weeks, Kish (2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R) was replaced by freshman Mike Vinson (Miami, Fla.). The right-hander caught Marincov looking on strikes but then issued a walk to Olmstead that loaded the bases with one down. Dewees singled up the middle to score Wielbruda and Weeks and Vinson was called for a balk to advance the runners. Karmeris’ grounder to second provided the Ospreys with a 3-0 lead as Olmstead scored.

 

The Gators countered with three runs in the fourth inning, as Ramjit delivered a sacrifice fly to left field and Roberson punched a game-tying, two-run single into right field. Powers and sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-4) began the stanza with back-to-back singles and Ramjit’s team-leading fourth sacrifice fly put the hosts on the board. Dicks roped a double into right field to advance Gushue to third and Roberson drove in his teammates with a single just inside of the right-field line. Senior Tommy Organ took over for Trexler (3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R) and struck out freshman pinch hitter Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) before Martin raised his hitting streak to seven games with a two-out single into left field. Organ had Turgeon ground out to end the inning.

 

Karmeris provided UNF with a 4-3 lead in the fifth on a two-out RBI double. Marincov and Olmstead had consecutive one-out singles to prompt a pitching change, as freshman Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) came in for Vinson (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 K). A fielder’s choice by Dewees forced Olmstead at second and left the Ospreys with runners on the corners. Karmeris came through with a two-bagger into right field to score Marincov and freshman Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) came in for Danciu. The righty had Bacon fly out to strand a couple of runners in scoring position.

 

Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (3-for-5) began the home part of the inning with his second hit of the night with a bunt single but was picked off. After Powers drew a walk, Gushue singled down the line in left field for Gators on first and third. Organ kept the Ospreys in front on a pop-out by Ramjit and a strikeout by Dicks.

 

A bloop single with two down in the sixth by Turgeon scored Bader to even the contest at 4-4. Bader reached on an error by Brooks at shortstop and came home on Turgeon’s base-knock into right center field. Junior Ryan McMahon replaced Organ (2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER) and had Shafer fly out to center field to keep the game tied.

 

The Ospreys reclaimed the lead with two runs on three hits in the seventh to seize a 6-4 advantage. Weeks led off with a triple to the gap in right center field off Harris and Marincov followed with a double into left center field. A fly-out by Olmstead advanced Marincov to third base and Harris retired Dewees on an infield fly. Karmeris gave UNF a two-run margin with a base-hit up the middle for his third RBI of the night.

 

With the Gators trailing by two runs in their final at bat, Turgeon led off with a single into left center and Shafer followed with a double down the left-field line for two runners in scoring position. Sophomore Jamie Cardwell replaced McMahon (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and yielded a grounder by Powers that closed the gap to 6-5. Gushue then tied the game with his first sacrifice fly of the season to center field. After a two-out walk to Ramjit, Incinelli relieved Cardwell (0.2 IP) and Ramjit was caught stealing with redshirt freshman Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) pinch-hitting to provide the fans with free baseball.

 

The Gators will host No. 21 Miami (8-0) in a three-game series starting on Friday night .The series opener can be seen live on Sun  Sports with Nick Belmonte and Mick Hubert, can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell and will be streamed live on GatorVision.

        

Game Notes

·         With the 7-6 loss to North Florida, UF's record fell to 3-6 on the season.

·         The win for UNF evens the all-time series between the two teams at 6-6.

·         Florida's 1-5 batters in the order made up nearly 70 percent of the Gators hits tonight. (9-of-13)

·         Freshmen Brady Roberson and Christian Dicks both made their collegiate debuts on Tuesday night against UNF.

·         Tuesday's game against the Ospreys was the ninth-straight game for the Gators against a team from the Sunshine State.

·         Roberson's brother, Ryan, is a junior first baseman for UNF but did not play.

·         Freshman Richie Martin led off the batting order for the first time this season.

·         Sophomore Justin Shafer matched his career-long hitting streak of seven games with a two-out single in the bottom of the first inning.

·         Dicks recorded his first career hit against UNF with a one out single in the second inning.

·         Final line for starting pitcher Keenan Kish, 2.0+ IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, on 52 pitches.

·         The 2.0 innings pitched for Kish matched a career high for the junior as a starter.

·         Senior Vickash Ramjit knocked in his seventh RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Zack Powers. Ramjit's RBI total for the season is good for second on the team.

·         Martin extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-out single in the fourth inning.

·         Three Gators (C. Turgeon, T. Gushue, J. Shafer) had multi-hit games Tuesday night.

·         Turgeon tallied his second two-hit game of the season and 18th of his career.

·         Taylor Gushue earned his first multi-hit game of the season Tuesday and seventh of his career after a two-single performance.

·         Shafer notched his third multi-hit game of the season after going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double against North Florida. It was also his first three-hit game of the season.

·         UF recorded at least 10 hits in a game for the fifth time this season.

·         Before tonight, the Orange and Blue had been error free in three-straight games. It had just one error tonight.

·         Relief pitcher Ryan Harris struck out the side in the eighth inning. Those three strikeouts also matched a career-high for him. Harris last had three K's in a game on May 15, 2012 against Samford.

·         Eight of Florida's nine starters recorded at least one hit Tuesday night against North Florida.

·         Tuesday's extra-inning game between the Ospreys and the Gators was UF's second-straight extra inning game at McKethan and third this season.

·         Gator pitchers were called for two balks in tonight's game.

·         Harris threw a career-high 3.2 innings in the game.

·         Sophomore Connor Mitchell saw his first action of the season with a pinch-hit appearance in the 10th and reached on an error.

·         With his two RBI tonight, Brady Roberson had his first multi-RBI game of his career.

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