Wednesday March 5, 2014Florida Baseball With Comeback Win Over Southern Miss, 4-2
A two-run seventh inning broke a tie game and lifted Florida baseball (7-6) past Southern Miss (6-7), 4-2, on Tuesday night at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
The Golden Eagles got on the board first, putting up a two spot in the fourth frame. USM shortstop Michael Sterling reached on an error and scored on a Mason Robbins’ double to left field. Sophomore left-hander Danny Young then walked Dylan Burdeaux who scored on a Tim Lynch single.
The Gators came back with two of their own in the bottom of the sixth stanza, ignited by a double from junior Casey Turgeon. Turgeon advanced to third on a groundout by freshmen Peter Alonso. Junior Taylor Gushue was then hit by USM starter Christian Tally and Braden Mattson followed with a clutch RBI single to left field that scored Turgeon and put the Gators on the board. Junior Josh Tobias then knotted the game at two, his first RBI of the season, with a single to left center that scored Gushue.
Scoring in back-to-back innings, the Florida squad put up another two spot in the seventh. Martin was hit by a pitch to start off the stanza and advanced to second on a Turgeon sac bunt. Alonso then earned a free pass and both base runners advanced on a wild pitch. Gushue then walked to load the bases. Mattson delivered with his second RBI of the night with a liner to right field to score Martin. With bases loaded, Puk put the ball in play and reached on an error by the Southern Miss shortstop which scored Alonso, the fourth and final run to cross the plate for Florida.
Florida was solid from the mound all night, starting with left-hander Young, who tossed a season-long 5.0 innings. Young was relieved by fellow sophomore Aaron Rhodes to start the sixth who threw 3.2 scoreless innings and chalked up his first win of the season, just the second of his career. Right-hander Ryan Harris came into the game and recorded the final out to earn the second save of his junior campaign.
· With the victory, Florida tallied its first win against Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 3-1.
· Young made his first start on the mound since May 4, 2013 at LSU. Young threw a season-high 5.0 innings with four K and issued just one free pass.
· Martin now sports a team-best 17-game hitting streak dating back to last season. Going 2-for-4 on the night, this is the fourth time in six games that the shortstop has notched multiple hits.
· Alonso extended his hitting streak to six-games with a single in the first.
· Turgeon tallied his third multiple-base hit with a double to right field in the bottom of the sixth.
· Mattson recorded his second multiple-RBI game donning the Orange and Blue.
· Rhodes made his sixth appearance of the season on the mound and earned his first win of 2014. The right-handed reliever recorded four punch outs in 3.2 innings pitched to match a career-high.
· Going 1-for-4 on the night, Tobias continued his hitting streak to three games and tied the game in the sixth with his first RBI of the season.
· Puk earned his second RBI of the season in tonight’s game.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan
“This was one of those games where we needed to scratch and claw and get a win in any way that we could. It was a good team win. Danny Young did exactly what he needed to do tonight. He gave us 5.0 innings with one earned run. I mean, it was unfortunate that we dropped that ball in right and he ended up scoring, but obviously, he threw the ball well. I thought Aaron [Rhodes] came in and did a fantastic job and obviously, Ryan [Harris] did his thing at the end. Whether the score was 1-0, 10-9 or 4-2, it didn’t matter. This team needed a win tonight and I’m pleased with us coming up here and getting the win. The fans were great tonight. There were a lot of Gator fans and it was a fun night for everybody.”
The Gators return home to McKethan Stadium to play the first of a three-game series vs. Connecticut on Friday, March 7. The first pitch is slated for 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Steve Russell.
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