Monday February 24, 2014Florida Baseball Weekly Report - Week 2
Florida Baseball Weekly Report – Feb. 24, 2014
(Games from Feb. 17-23)
Overall Record: 5-3 (4-1 at home, 1-2 on road)
Record Last Week: 3-2 (2-0 at home, 1-2 on road)
Streak: Won 1
Last Week’s Results (3-2)
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Defeated UCF, 5-1
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Defeated North Florida, 8-7
Friday, Feb. 21 – Lost at No. 20 Miami (FL), 6-4
Saturday, Feb. 22 – Lost at No. 20 Miami (FL), 5-2
Sunday, Feb. 23 – Won at No. 20 Miami (FL), 6-4
This Week’s Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Florida Gulf Coast (5-3/A-Sun) (McKethan Stadium), 7 p.m. (SUN/FSFL)
Friday, Feb. 28 – Illinois (2-4/Big Ten) (McKethan Stadium), 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Florida)
Saturday, March 1 – Florida Gulf Coast (5-3/A-Sun) (McKethan Stadium), 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 – Illinois (2-4/Big Ten) (McKethan Stadium), 1 p.m.
Florida (5-3) claimed three of its five outings last week, posting mid-week victories over UCF (5-1) and North Florida (8-7), before falling twice at No. 20 Miami (FL) (4-6, 2-5, 6-4)…Despite losing its first series to the Hurricanes since 2009, UF has been on the winning side in 14 of the last 17 encounters with UM…Junior catcher Taylor Gushue (.387, 9 RBI) went 6-for-12 (.500) with four runs and two RBI at Miami, junior outfielder Justin Shafer (.250) was 4-for-10 (.400) with two RBI and freshman outfielder Ryan Larson (.217) was 4-for-11 (.364)…Fifteen different pitchers saw action for the Gators over the 25 innings and the group registered 18 strikeouts and limited the Hurricanes to a .240 clip…After dropping the first two matchups in Coral Gables, UF up a four spot on six hits in the first inning, added two runs in the fourth and held off a ninth-inning Hurricanes’ threat to take the series finale, 6-4…The Gators used 11 hits and relied on seven arms, including freshman left-hander A.J. Puk (1-0, 4.15) who chalked up his first career win, and sophomore righty Eric Hanhold (1-1, 4.70), who earned his first career save…Florida tied its Saturday night output of six hits in the first inning alone Sunday after batting through the order and putting up four runs, courtesy of three singles, two doubles and a triple...Gushue first plated sophomore Richie Martin (.333, 9 runs) after Martin doubled to lead off the game…A triple by freshman Peter Alonso (.238) brought Gushue across the dish and Alonso then scampered home on a single by Larson down the right-field line for the 4-0 Florida lead…Four Gators had multiple hits (2) in Sunday’s win (Alonso, Larson, Martin and freshman John Sternagel), the most players with multiple hits in a game for the Orange and Blue this season…Sunday’s contest brought several lineup changes for the Gators, as Gushue was UF’s designated hitter for the first time in 2014, junior Braden Mattson (.429, 6 RBI, 6 runs) earned his first start as a Gator behind the plate at catcher and Sternagel (.600) saw his first career start at Florida at third base…A three-run homer in the sixth inning by the Hurricanes snapped a 2-2 tie and clinched the series triumph on Saturday with a 5-2 win…In his second start, freshman righty Brett Morales (0-1) worked a scoreless first two frames and went a career-best 4.0 innings but was not involved in the decision…Shafer went 2-for-3 and had tied the contest with an RBI single in the sixth…In the series opener between the Sunshine State rivals, UF totaled three runs in the first inning and added a fourth in the eighth, but the Gators couldn’t hold off Miami and fell short, 6-4…Gushue delivered a career-best performance, going 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, two runs and an RBI…The catcher’s four hits contributed to the Gators’ 10 overall…Junior southpaw Bobby Poyner (1-1, 2.89) took the loss after surrendering five runs (three earned) over four innings, while freshman righty Shaun Anderson yielded one run over a career-long 2.2 innings and freshman lefty Kirby Snead retired all three batters he faced with strikeouts…On Wednesday, Florida plated three runs with two out in the eighth inning to turn a 7-5 deficit into an 8-7 victory over North Florida…The Gators trailed 4-0 in the second inning, grabbed a 5-4 advantage in the seventh and trailed by two runs entering the home part of the eighth before rallying… After the Ospreys had scored three runs on three hits and an error in the top of the frame, Mattson (2-for-4) had a one-out single…Sternagel drew a pinch-hit walk for a pair of runners aboard and an infield single by freshman Buddy Reed (1-for-2, two runs) loaded the bases and a fielding error on a potential inning-ending grounder by Martin enabled Mattson and Sternagel to come home for a 7-7 stalemate…Junior Casey Turgeon (3-for-5, two RBI) ripped the next offering up the middle to provide the winning margin…UF snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring four runs with two out in the seventh inning to down UCF, 5-1…Junior Zack Powers drew a bases-loaded walk and Mattson (2-for-3) followed with a two-run single into left center field…After Puk walked to load the bases again, Shafer collected an infield RBI single for his initial hit of the season to finalize the 5-1 margin…Freshman righty Logan Shore (0-0, 1.29) had a strong collegiate debut, limiting the Knights to one unearned run over 5.1 innings in which he scattered three hits and registered four strikeouts…Sophomore Danny Young (1-0, 2.57) notched his first win of the campaign with 3.2 innings of scoreless ball in which he surrendered one hit…The Gators will play four games this week, hosting Florida Gulf Coast (5-3) and Illinois (2-4) in a double round-robin format at McKethan Stadium that starts on Thursday night.