Friday April 19, 2013Florida Baseball Uses Season-High 18 Hits To Subdue Missouri, 8-6
Florida (21-18/9-7 SEC) utilized a balanced offensive attack to post an 8-6 victory over Missouri (12-21/4-12 SEC) and boost its winning streak to seven games in the teams’ series opener on Friday night at Taylor Stadium.
The Gators totaled a season-high 18 hits, as their top six hitters in the lineup chipped in with multiple-hit outings, while the quartet of sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (3-for-5), freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) (3-for-6), senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) (3-for-4, two runs) and sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) (3-for-5, two RBI) had three hits apiece. Florida batted a scorching 10-for-17 (.588) with two outs and notched six two-out RBI in the contest.
Junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) (3-5) captured his second-consecutive start after overcoming a four-run first inning and sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) worked the final 1.2 innings to register his 10th save in 11 opportunities. The righty is now three saves from the school’s single-season mark shared by Danny Wheeler (1994) and Josh Fogg (1998).
The Gators used a two-out RBI single by sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (2-for-5, two RBI) to take a 1-0 lead against Missouri junior Rob Zastryzny (2-7) in the first inning. Sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (2-for-4, three runs) singled into left field with one down and moved to second base with his fourth theft of the season with two out. Shafer lined a single into right field to drive Turgeon and Ramjit followed with a base-hit before Zastryzny had Tobias go down on strikes.
The Tigers countered with four runs on four hits in their first at bat against Crawford. Sophomore Logan Pearson (2-for-3, two runs) drew a leadoff walk and sophomore Case Munson’s bunt single was thrown wide of first base by Crawford, resulting in runners on second and third base. Senior Dane Opel (3-for-5, two RBI) tied the game with a single into center field that brought home Pearson and junior Keaton Steele gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with an RBI single into left field. A sacrifice bunt by Dylan Kelly moved Opel and Steele into scoring position and an RBI grounder by junior Kendall Keeton scored Opel. Freshman Josh Lester expanded the Tigers’ margin to 4-1 with a single down the left-field line that plated Steele.
Ramjit led off the fourth with a single up the middle and came around to score on a long single off the top of the right-field wall by Tobias to narrow the Gators’ deficit to 4-2. Seconds later, freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) delivered a base-hit into center for two runners aboard with none out, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Zastryzny had sophomore Mike Fahrman (Tampa, Fla.) pop up a sacrifice attempt and then had senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) hit into inning-ending double play.
Florida rallied for three runs on four hits in the fifth inning to grab a 5-4 advantage. Turgeon belted a one-out homer over the right-field wall for his team-leading fourth round-tripper to narrow the gap to 4-3. It was also UF’s first big fly since March 31. Gushue roped his first triple of the season into the gap in right center and Zastryzny countered with a strikeout of Shafer. Ramjit evened the game with his third hit of the night, a double to left field, and Tobias moved the Gators back in front with a single into left field.
After Zastryzny (5.2 IP, 12 H, 6 R) retired the first two Florida batters in the sixth, Martin singled into right center field and Turgeon drew a four-pitch walk, prompting a pitching change. Gushue greeted redshirt junior Jake Walsh with a single into left center that scored Martin for a 6-4 lead for the visitors.
Crawford registered the first two outs in the bottom of the frame before yielding a base-hit into right field by Dillon Everett (3-for-4) that ended a run of seven-consecutive batters retired. Munson sliced a single into right field for runners on the corners, bringing sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) in for Crawford (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 K, 4 BB). The righty whiffed Munson to preserve the Gators’ two-run advantage.
Tobias deposited a one-out double just inside of the right-field line in the seventh and redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) came through with a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single into left center field to give the Gators a 7-4 lead.
Florida tacked on another run in the eighth on a two-out RBI double by Shafer that brought home Turgeon, who had reached on a fielder’s choice and stolen second base.
In the home part of the stanza, Everett stroked a one-out single into right field and took second on a fielding error by Shafer, ending the night for Harris (1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 K). Pearson then brought the Tigers within 8-5 courtesy of an RBI single off of junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.). Magliozzi was summoned from the bullpen and walked Munson. After Opel delivered an RBI single into left field to bring home Pearson for an 8-6 score, Magliozzi caught Steele looking on strikes and had Kelly fly out to straightaway center field.
With the Tigers down to their final three outs, Lester drew a one-out walk. However, Magliozzi responded with back-to-back strikeouts of sophomore pinch hitter Jake Ivory and Everett to secure the Gators’ seventh win in a row, fifth-straight in SEC play.
The Gators and Tigers will meet in game two on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and the contest can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell. Freshman left-hander Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) (1-3, 3.51) will oppose Missouri sophomore righty Brett Graves (0-5, 5.24). 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.
· Florida has registered season-highs in hits in its last two SEC contests – 17 against South Carolina and 18 versus Missouri.
· Fourteen of UF’s 21 victories this year have been come-from-behind.
· Florida overcame a three-run deficit (4-1) to emerge victorious, marking the second time it had done that this season (trailed Indiana, 3-0, on March 9 and won, 6-4).
· The Gators improved to 4-2 in SEC openers this season, including 2-1 on the road.
· Florida now leads the all-time series with Missouri, 6-1.
· Sophomore Casey Turgeon had a pair of stolen bases and scored three runs from the second spot in the batting order.
· The Gators totaled five extra-base hits: three doubles, one triple and a homer.
· Before tonight, junior Daniel Gibson had gone nine-straight outings without allowing a run.
· UF pitching totaled 10 strikeouts tonight (4 by junior Jonathon Crawford, 3 each by sophomore Ryan Harris and sophomore Johnny Magliozzi).