Wednesday March 6, 2013Florida & Jacksonville Wrap Up Two-Game Series At McKethan Stadium Wednesday Night
After meeting at John Sessions Stadium on Tuesday night, Florida (6-7) and Jacksonville (4-8) will conclude their mid-week set at McKethan Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Gators overcome a 5-4 deficit with a pair of runs in the seventh inning and tacked on two more insurance runs in the ninth to take an 8-5 decision over the Dolphins.
Junior LHP Daniel Gibson (0-0, 3.60) will make his first career start for Florida and will oppose JU sophomore RHP Alex McRae (1-1, 4.91). In seven relief appearances this year, Gibson has given up six hits and two runs in five innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.
Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell will call the action for the Gator IMG Sports Network, live audio and stats will be available on GatorZone.com and fans can also follow updates on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball program.
In a back and forth affair on Tuesday, sophomore right-hander Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) (2-0) matched his career high with six strikeouts over 3.1 scoreless innings to earn the win, freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) was a career-best 3-for-4 with three runs and sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) started the game with a homer and was 2-for-4 with three runs as the Gators claimed their third win in a row.
Turgeon opened the contest by homering down the left-field line off of JU junior right-hander Zach Gordon, becoming the first Gator to start a contest with a round-tripper since Nolan Fontana accomplished the feat against Oregon State on June 5, 2010, during the NCAA Gainesville Regional. It was Turgeon’s third big fly of the season to match redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) for the team lead.
Down 5-4 in the seventh, Florida scored the tying run on two-out passed ball and went ahead on a wild pitch. Turgeon singled through the left side with one down and Bader followed with a double into the gap in left center for two runners in scoring position. After Powers struck out, junior Jimmy Appleby replaced freshman Josh Baker (0-2). Turgeon raced home for a 5-5 game on a passed ball and Bader scored on ball four to sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) when Appleby’s pitch eluded the catcher.
Quick Hits About the Gators
· With Tuesday night’s victory, Florida matched its season-best winning streak of three games.
· The series with Jacksonville will conclude a stretch of nine-consecutive games versus a Sunshine State foe.
· Magliozzi (2-0) tossed 3.1 scoreless innings and tied his career-best total of six strikeouts against the Dolphins on Tuesday to pick up the win. He has 14 strikeouts and zero walks in 14.2 innings of work in 2013.
· Turgeon (2-for-4) and Bader (3-for-4) were a combined 5-for-8 (.625) in the top two spots in the Gator lineup in the first meeting with JU and each scored three runs.
· Four Gator pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts on Tuesday, equaling the staff’s single-game high this season. Magliozzi had six K, Shafer had three and freshman LHP Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) had one.
· In his third start, matching junior RHP Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) and freshman RHP Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) for the team lead, Shafer worked a career-high five innings but was not involved in the decision after scattering seven hits and giving up three runs.
· Freshman SS Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) is sidelined after being injured in Sunday’s finale with Miami (FL). He is riding a 10-game hitting streak in which he is 15-for-42 (.357). Martin has reached base in all 12 games this year and is batting .327 overall with seven runs and three stolen bases in three attempts.
· Senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) made his first start of the season at shortstop and went 0-for-4.
· Senior 1B Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) extended is hitting streak to four games by going 1-for-5 with an RBI single. He has had one hit in each game and is 4-for-16 (.250) with three RBI and three runs.
· Redshirt freshman Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) (.368) started in right field on Tuesday and had his first multiple-hit game by going 2-for-5. He has appeared in all 13 games and is batting .357 (5-for-14) in games that he starts.
· Freshman RHP Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) (1-1, 0.87) picked up his first career victory in Sunday’s rubber game with the Hurricanes by throwing two scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in six of his seven appearances and permitted one run in 10.1 innings.
· Florida has used 14 pitchers already this season, half of which are freshmen (six true, one redshirt).
· The Gator starting pitchers are 0-2 this year and its relievers are 6-5 with two saves.
· Sophomore RHP Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) (1-1, 4.11) has made a team-high eight relief appearances and has recorded six K and three BB in 15.1 innings.
· The Gators will play their final non-conference weekend series of the year when Big Ten favorite Indiana (6-2) visits starting on Friday night.
Florida holds a 50-30 (.625) advantage in its series with Jacksonville, including 29-12 (.707) in Gainesville. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan has a 4-2 (.667) record against JU, 3-1 (.750) in Gainesville and 1-1 (.500) in Jacksonville.