Saturday March 9, 2013Florida Baseball Evens Series With Indiana, 6-4
Sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was a career-best 4-for-4 and drove in three runs as Florida (8-8) used a pair of three-run innings and 5.2 innings of stellar relief from freshman right-hander Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) (2-1) to even its weekend series with a 6-4 triumph over Indiana (7-3) on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) retired the Hoosiers in order in the ninth to collect his third save.
“That’s the first time all year that we handled adversity pretty well,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We fell behind 3-0 after three [innings], and they’re a really good team and our players know that. The dugout was really good from the first inning until the ninth. I thought our team got a huge lift when [Jay] Carmichael came in; you could just kind of see when he came in with a runner at first and nobody out and we got out of that inning giving up only one run. Then, we turned around and put three on the board and had some really good at-bats in the bottom of the third. We scored some runs in the sixth to distance ourselves.”
“Carmichael was outstanding and Casey Turgeon had a great day. We showed a tremendous amount of resiliency against a really good Indiana team. They [Indiana] have a really good lineup and can hit. With that being said, after losing a tough game last night, we bounced back today. Most importantly, I’m proud of the way we battled and how the dugout was—they were really excited all game and they stayed behind their teammates.”
"I was pretty comfortable [on the mound], but everybody contributed to this win and battled hard,” Carmichael said. “When one didn't do it, somebody else stepped up. That's what brothers are for.”
Indiana plated two runs on three hits in the first inning against freshman starter Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) on an RBI single by redshirt sophomore Scott Donley (2-for-4) and a run-scoring grounder by senior Michael Basil. Sophomore Kyle Schwarber (2-for-5) had singled with one down and moved into scoring position on a two-bagger to left field by sophomore Sam Travis. Donley opened the scoring for the second-straight day by legging out a single to bring in Schwarber and Basil followed with a grounder to first base that scored Travis.
Schwarber boosted the Hoosiers’ advantage to 3-0 in the third inning with an RBI single that scored senior Justin Cureton, who had led off by being hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Following Schwarber’s sixth-consecutive hit in the series, Carmichael took over for Simpson (2 IP, 5 H, 3 R). Travis was plunked for two runners aboard, sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) robbed Donley of a hit with a leaping grab and Carmichael induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play from Basil to hold the deficit at three runs.
The Gators evened the game in the third inning with four hits and three runs. Sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) (1-for-3, two runs) started the frame with a flare into right center and then stole second base. Senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) singled through the right side for runners on the corners and a failed pickoff attempt by redshirt sophomore Aaron Slegers at first base allowed Tobias to come home with the Gators’ first run. Turgeon delivered his first double of the season into right center to score Dent to narrow the gap to 3-2. Slegers recorded the next two outs before sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-4) knotted the game at 3-3 with an RBI single up the middle. Sophomore Luke Harrison (0-1) came in for Slegers (2.2 IP, 5 H, 3R) and Gushue was caught stealing to end the inning.
Donley began Indiana’s sixth with an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Basil. A grounder by junior Dustin DeMuth pushed Donley to third and Shafer made a running grab in right field on a ball hit by redshirt sophomore Will Nolden to preserve the stalemate.
Florida tallied three runs on three hits in the home part of the sixth and grabbed a 6-3 lead on a go-ahead RBI single by freshman Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) before a two-run, two-out single by Turgeon with the bases loaded. Gushue began the frame with hot-shot into right field that resulted in a double and Harrison (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R) had Ramjit foul out before being replaced by junior Ryan Halstead. A passed ball advanced Gushue to third base and Stypulkowski put the Gators on top with a base-hit through the left side of the infield. With two down, Tobias and Dent were hit by consecutive pitches to fill the bags. Turgeon came through with base-knock up the middle to bring across Stypulkowski and Tobias.
"We have to grind out the game as it goes along and that's something that we did today,” Turgeon said of the Gators’ victory. “When guys get on base, good things can happen. They took some pitches and wore some pitches; they found a way on.”
Carmichael collected the first two outs of the eighth before issuing a free pass to Basil. Junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen and walked redshirt junior pinch hitter Casey Smith. Sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) was called upon with the two Hoosiers aboard and sophomore Chris Sujka delivered a pinch-hit RBI single into left center to bring the visitors to within 6-4. Harris had senior pinch hitter Trace Knoblauch fly out to left field to complete the inning. Magliozzi threw eight pitches in the ninth to secure the series-evening triumph. Each team had nine hits in the contest, while the Gators played error-free.
The Gators and Hoosiers will wrap up their series tomorrow at 1 p.m., with freshman RHP Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (0-0, 5.19) opposing sophomore LHP Kyle Hart (1-0, 3.07). It will be available on GatorVision and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Larry Vettel.
· With today’s victory, Florida improved its record to 3-1 on Saturday games this season.
· The Gators notched their sixth come-from-behind victory of the campaign.
· Trailing Indiana 3-0, Florida recorded three runs in the bottom of the third inning to knot the score at 3-3.
· Freshman Kevin Stypulowski singled to score sophomore Taylor Gushue in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Gators a 4-3 lead. It was Stypulowski’s second RBI of his career.
· Sophomore Casey Turgeon set a career-best with four hits on the day. It marked the second-consecutive game and fifth time this year he had multiple hits in a game. In addition, he had his first two doubles of the year against the Hoosiers.
· Turgeon matched his season-high with three RBI. He has had an RBI in three of the past four games.
· Gushue had a hit in his fourth-straight game, matching his longest streak of his collegiate career. He also recorded multiple hits for the third time this season.
· Freshman Jay Carmichael pitched a career-high 5.2 innings in relief of fellow freshman Tucker Simpson en route to the second win of his career. He surrendered one run and struck out four Hoosiers, one shy of his career best.
· Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi registered his third save of the year.
· Senior Cody Dent has had a hit in each game in the series against Indiana.
· Sophomore Josh Tobias scored a team-high twice against Indiana, matching his season-best.