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Friday March 29, 2013No. 11 Ole Miss Claims Series Opener In 11 Innings Over Florida Baseball, 4-3

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 11 Ole Miss (23-4/4-3 SEC) worked 11 innings and notched a 4-3 series-opening victory over Florida (11-16/2-5 SEC) on Friday night at McKethan Stadium. Junior Aaron Greenwood (3-0) threw two scoreless innings and gave up one hit to pick up the win for the Rebels, while senior Brett Huber collected his seventh save of the season as the Gators stranded the tying run on second base.

 

Junior Will Allen (2-for-5) started the 11th inning with a double into left center field and was replaced by junior pinch runner Austin Wilson. Sophomore Will Jamison laid down a bunt and sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) (2-1) attempted to throw Wilson out at third base. However, an errant throw allowed Wilson to score the go-ahead run and Jamison to reach base. Magliozzi caught junior Preston Overbey looking on strikes and had senior Tanner Mathis ground into an inning-ending 6-3 double play.

 

Sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) led off the bottom of the inning with a four-pitch walk from Huber but was erased at second base on senior Cody Dent’s (Boynton Beach, Fla.) sacrifice attempt. After sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) flew out to center field, Dent advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Huber responded by having freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) ground out to complete the contest.

 

“We just have to get a big at-bat when we need it,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “It’s as simple as that. We scored two runs in the fourth inning, then we go 0-2 on their leadoff hitter in the fifth, give up a 0-2 hit, then we walk the next guy and end up giving them a run. Once again, the little things have been hurting us.”

 

“[Daniel] Gibson was really good tonight. I thought Mags [Johnny Magliozzi] was good. Our relief [pitchers] did a nice job, but once again, we put ourselves in that position in the ninth and 10th where we just needed one hit and the game would have been over. There are positives, and we need to stress the positives. We are playing better, but there’s no consolation for finishing close.”

 

Ole Miss grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by junior Austin Anderson. Senior Tanner Mathis opened the game with a double into left field off of freshman righty Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) and was sacrificed to third base on a bunt by sophomore Auston Bousfield. Anderson’s fly ball to left field brought home Mathis with the first run. With two down, junior Stuart Turner drew a walk and senior Andrew Mistone (2-for-4) singled through the left side of the infield. Carmichael ended the frame with a strikeout of sophomore Sikes Orvis.

 

The Rebels loaded the bases with one out in the second, as Allen had a leadoff single, was sacrificed to second by Jamison and Overbey and Matthis were hit by pitches. Carmichael worked out of the jam by having Bousfield line out to Dent and Anderson fly out to right field.

 

Turgeon singled up the middle with two down in the third and Bader drew a walk. However, junior Bobby Wahl had sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-5) ground out to preserve the Rebels’ 1-0 advantage.

 

After Carmichael struck out Allen to start the fourth, Jamison earned a free pass. Carmichael struck out Overbey for the second out, with Jamison swiping second base on the play. Heads-up base-running resulted in a 2-0 lead for Ole Miss, as Jamison scored on a wild pitch from second base.

 

The Gators tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the frame with a pair of sacrifice flies. Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (3-for-5) led off with his team-leading 11th double down the left-field line and went to third on a wild pitch by Wahl. Redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) walked for Gators on the corners and senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) delivered his team-leading fifth sacrifice fly of the year into center field to narrow the deficit to 2-1. Sophomore Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) blooped a single into left field for two runners aboard and Tobias reached on a fielder’s choice and Mitchell was safe at second base on a fielding error by Anderson to load the bases with one out. Dent lofted a sacrifice fly into right field, his second of the season, that plated Powers with the equalizer. Mitchell was thrown out at home plate to complete the inning after Tobias was caught in a run-down in between first and second base trying to enable his teammate to score.

 

Ole Miss re-claimed the lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Orvis. Anderson singled up the middle and Turner walked before Mistone moved both of his teammates into scoring position with a bunt, prompting a pitching change. Junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) replaced Carmichael (4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K) and Orvis lofted his first pitch into left field for a sacrifice fly to bring home Anderson.

 

In the home part of the stanza, Bader stroked a one-out single into left field and stole second base his team-high fifth theft. A grounder by Gushue nudged Bader to third and a strong throw by Mistone from third base on Shafer’s bunt kept the Rebels in front.

 

Dent doubled down the right-field line with one out in the seventh and Wahl countered with a strikeout of Turgeon, his first of the night. The right-hander then picked Dent off second base to hold the score at 3-2.  

 

Gushue delivered a one-out double into the right-field corner, ending the night for Wahl (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER). Shafer greeted redshirt senior Tanner Bailey with an infield single for runners on the corners and Powers came through with a single into center field to score Gushue with the tying run. A grounder by Ramjit advanced Shafer and Powers and freshman Matt Denny relieved Bailey (01. IP, 2 H). The left-hander hit sophomore pinch hitter Mike Fahrman (Tampa, Fla.) to load the bases but then had Tobias fly out to right field.

 

Gibson recorded the first out in the ninth and was replaced by Magliozzi. Over a career-high four innings in which he surrendered zero runs and had three strikeouts, Gibson yielded two hits. Soon after, Magliozzi retired both Rebels he faced and was boosted by a tremendous stop and throw by Dent that closed the inning.

 

Dent walked on four pitches and Greenwood was summoned to replace Bailey. Turgeon laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Dent into scoring position and Greenwood struck out Bader and had Gushue fly out to right field to provide the fans with free baseball.   

 

After Magliozzi retired the side in order in the 10th, Shafer led off with a base-hit into right field and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Powers. Greenwood set down Ramjit on a grounder, moving Shafer to third, and struck out freshman pinch hitter Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) to send the game to the 11th.

 

Junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) (0-4, 5.67) is set to go in game two against Ole Miss junior right-hander Mike Mayers (2-2, 2.83). Rod Delmonico and Bernie Guenther will broadcast tomorrow’s game at 1 p.m. for CSS, which will be carried on Cox Sports Channel 199 in Gainesville, while Jeff Cardozo and Larry Vettel 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 of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball program.

 

Game Notes

·         Even with the loss, Florida still holds a 46-45 advantage in the all-time series with Ole Miss.

·         The Gators have yet to win an extra-inning game this year (0-4).

·         After a two-out single in the first inning, Taylor Gushue stole his second base of the season.

·         Senior Vickash Ramjit hit his team-leading fifth sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to score sophomore Justin Shafer for the Gators’ first run of the game.

·         After a single in the first inning, Gushue extended his hitting streak to three games.

·         Freshman Harrison Bader stole his fifth base of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning. He leads the team in stolen bases with five swipes on nine attempts.

·         The first two Gators’ runs tonight were scored off of sacrifice flies. As a team, UF now has 18 sacrifice flies.

·         Shafer hit his team-leading 11th double of the season in the fourth inning.

·         Senior Cody Dent notched his second double of the season with a two-bagger in the seventh inning.

·         Relief pitcher Daniel Gibson set a new career-high for innings pitched with four.

·         Gibson has been spot-on against Ole Miss in his career. In now three appearances, Gibson has yet to give up a run with just three hits.

·         Gushue hit his third double of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his second hit of the night, the sixth two-hit game for him this year and 11th of his career.

·         With his single in the 10th, Shafer now has six three-hit games this season to lead the team and nine multi-hit games total for the year.

·         Going 3-for-5 against the Rebels on Friday, Shafer is now 6-for-11 (.545) in his career against Ole Miss with two doubles.

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