Sunday March 31, 2013Florida Baseball Takes Series With 4-0 Shutout Of No. 11 Ole Miss
Freshman left-hander Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) combined on a four-hit shutout as Florida (13-16/4-5 SEC) claimed the rubber game of its weekend series with No. 11 Ole Miss (23-6/4-5 SEC), 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
With yesterday’s 7-0 victory, it marked the first time since March 10 & 12, 2010, that the Gators had posted consecutive shutouts. Making his first SEC start, Young (1-2) allowed one hit over 5.1 innings to pick up his first collegiate win and Magliozzi worked the final 3.2 innings to notch his fifth save. Senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) (2-for-4) belted a two-run homer as part of a three-run third inning for UF and sophomore Mike Fahrman (Tampa, Fla.) was 2-for-3.
“We pitched well and Ole Miss has a great lineup,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “They’ve got older players in their lineup whom been around the league for two to four years. I don’t remember the last time we had back-to-back shutouts, so it’s pretty remarkable. We hung in there today and Danny Young gave us a really good start, just giving up one hit over five and a third, and then Mags [Johnny Magliozzi] came in and did his thing. We only walked two guys and our offense did just enough. Vick [Vickash Ramjit] was the guy today offensively, his home run put us up two more runs, and he did a really nice job. Overall, this is the kind of weekend we’ve been looking for and waiting for and I’m hoping this will be a nice jumpstart for us.”
“I was able to make good pitches today, get groundouts and let my defense make plays,” Young said. “It’s huge having our offense able to put up runs and knowing as long as you put up zeros, we’re going to win the game.”
The Gators grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out wild pitch by UM sophomore Chris Ellis (1-2) that brought across sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.). Ellis retired the first two batters before Gushue beat out a single to third base and went to second on a throwing error by senior Andrew Mistone. Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) reached on a fielding error by junior Austin Anderson, with Gushue taking third on the play. Ellis’ first wild pitch of the year enabled Gushue to break the ice and Shafer to occupy second base and then redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) drew a walk. A fielder’s choice by Ramjit forced Shafer at third for the final out.
Florida loaded the bases with none out in the second inning but came away empty-handed. Sophomore Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk, Fahrman followed with his second double in as many games into left field and senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) earned a free pass. Ellis wiggled out of the jam by having sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) line out to right field and freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) ground into an inning-ending 6-3 double play.
UF extended its lead to 4-0 in the third stanza, highlighted by a two-run homer from Ramjit into the left-field bleachers. Gushue started things off with a walk, went to third on a double into left field by Mitchell and scored on a throwing error by senior Tanner Mathis. After a sacrifice bunt by Powers advanced Shafer to third base, Ramjit deposited a 1-0 pitch from Ellis over the fence for his third homer of the campaign. Junior Aaron Greenwood replaced Ellis (2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB) and induced a pair of groundouts to end the inning.
Young issued a leadoff walk to Mathis in the sixth and had Anderson fly out to left field before being replaced by Magliozzi. The right-hander induced back-to-back pop-ups by sophomore Ausin Bousfield and junior Stuart Turner to keep the score at 4-0.
Greenwood had retired 10-consecutive Gators before Fahrman blooped a single into center field with two down in the bottom of the frame and Dent followed with a base-hit through the right side of the infield. Redshirt senior Tanner Bailey came in for Greenwood (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and had Turgeon ground out to complete the inning.
Junior Preston Overbey opened the eighth with a single up the middle but was erased at second base on a fielder’s choice by senior Tanner Mathis. Anderson roped a ground-rule double over the wall in right center field for Rebels on second and third and Magliozzi had Bousfield foul out to Gushue and struck out Turner to preserve the shutout.
The Gators return to action on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium against UCF (18-11/4-2 C-USA). The game will begin at 7 p.m., be carried live on FOX Sports Florida with Nick Belmonte and Mick Hubert, GatorVision and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.
· With the 4-0 victory, Florida claimed its first SEC series win of the year and first series win since taking 2-of-3 games from No. 21 Miami (FL) back in early March.
· After yesterday’s 7-0 win and today’s 4-0 win, it was the first consecutive shutouts by the Gators since shutting out Illinois State (8-0) and Charleston Southern (6-0) on March 10 and March 12 in the 2010 season.
· The series win is the second-straight for the Gators over the Rebels in Gainesville.
· Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is now 11-8 against Ole Miss, 6-3 at McKethan Stadium.
· Florida is now 8-5 when scoring first.
· UF is now 6-8 against ranked teams this year.
· In only his second start of the year, sophomore Mike Fahrman’s first hit of the game and second of the season was also his second double of the season.
· With their run in the first inning, the Gators have scored first in three of their last four games.
· Sophomore Taylor Gushue extended his hitting streak to a season-best five games with a single in the first inning.
· Senior Vickash Ramjit hit his third home run of the season with a two-run shot in the third inning. It’s Ramjit’s first homer since March 8 against Indiana.
· Today’s start was the first SEC start for freshman Danny Young.
· The 5.1 innings pitched by Young is a career high.
· Over the last three games, UF starting pitchers have combined for 18.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 BB and 12 K.
· Fahrman tallied his first two-hit game of his career after going 2-for-3 on Sunday with a double and a single.
· Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi made his 15th appearance of the season after coming into the game in the sixth inning. It’s the second-most appearances by a Gator pitcher this season.
· With Ramjit’s homer, Florida is now 7-3 when hitting at least one home run in a game this season.
· Ramjit was the only player in the Gator lineup with more than one hit in today’s game.
· Over the weekend, Ramjit went 5-for-11 (.455) to garner the best average for a Gator hitter against Ole Miss over the last three games.
· Sophomore Justin Shafer went 5-for-13 (.385) on the weekend against the Rebels with two doubles.
· Freshman Christian Dicks stole his first base of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning after reaching on a fielder’s choice.