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Monday April 14, 2014Florida Baseball Weekly Report - Week 9

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Florida Baseball Weekly Report – April 14, 2014

(Games from April 7-13)


Overall Record: 23-13 (15-6 at home, 6-7 away, 2-0 at neutral sites)

SEC Record: 9-6 (5-1 at home, 4-5 away)

Record Last Week: 3-1 (3-1 away)

Streak: Won 2


Last Week’s Results (3-1):

Tuesday, April 8 – Won at No. 1 Florida State, 8-0

Friday, April 11 – Lost at No. 4 South Carolina, 4-1

Saturday, April 12 – Won at No. 4 South Carolina, 4-3 (13 innings)

Sunday, April 13 – Won at No. 4 South Carolina, 6-5


This Week’s Schedule (All Times Eastern)

Tuesday, April 15 – at FGCU (24-13/9-3 A-Sun) (Hammond Stadium), 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 18 – Georgia (21-14-1/7-7-1 SEC) (McKethan Stadium), 7:30 p.m. (CSS)

Saturday, April 19 – Georgia (21-14-1/7-7-1 SEC) (McKethan Stadium), 7 p.m. (CSS)

Sunday, April 20 – Georgia (21-14-1/7-7-1 SEC) (McKethan Stadium), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)


Team Notes

Florida (23-13/9-6 SEC) claimed three of four outings last week, posting an 8-0 shutout of No. 1 Florida State in Tallahassee before capturing its weekend series at No. 4 South Carolina (1-4, 4-3 (13), 6-5)…The Gators lead the SEC Eastern Division by a game over the Gamecocks and trail No. 16 Alabama (24-11/10-5 SEC) by one game in the overall standings…Florida is rated No. 1 in both the RPI and Strength of Schedule compiled by Warren Nolan…The Gators are 8-1 (.889) against top-five teams this season and have collected a nation’s best 14 victories against teams in the top 50 of the RPI (14-6 record)…After dropping Friday’s opener in Columbia, the Gators rebounded for a pair of one-run wins to take their first road conference set of the year…Florida is 10-5 (.667) in one-run games and is 5-2 (.714) in extra innings…UF also won its third-straight series at Carolina Stadium and picked up its first series victory away from Gainesville after losing the first game since March 2012 (South Carolina)…Junior catcher Taylor Gushue (.326, 30 RBI) led the squad with a .357 (5-for-14) clip in the series and has tied his career-best hitting streak of 10 games, a stretch in which he is 14-for-42 (.333) with 12 RBI, eight runs and two homers…Freshman third baseman/designated hitter Peter Alonso (.270, 13 RBI) and sophomore outfielder Harrison Bader (.254, 12 runs) were each 4-for-13 (.308) over the three games…The Gator bullpen went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and one save against the Gamecocks, with 12 strikeouts in 16 innings…Trailing 4-2 in the eighth inning on Sunday, the Gators rallied for four runs on five hits and an error to seize a 6-4 advantage…Gushue, junior Braden Mattson (.323, 20 RBI) and freshman A.J. Puk (.250, 3 RBI) delivered consecutive one-out singles to load the bases and a fielder’s choice by Alonso and a miscue on the play enabled the visitors to tie the game…Junior Zack Powers (.240, 6 RBI) doubled to left center to give UF the lead and freshman Buddy Reed (.228, 4 RB) followed with an RBI single for a two-run margin…Although the Gamecocks pulled to within 6-5 in the bottom of the frame on a homer by Jordan Gore, sophomore RHP Eric Hanhold (3-3, 4.95) worked a perfect ninth to seal the win and earn his second save…Reed was a career-best 3-for-3, while Gushue and Mattson each chipped in with three hits…Freshman righty Dane Dunning earned his first career win as Florida used seven pitchers in the contest…Junior Justin Shafer (.205, 9 RBI) delivered a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning and alternated with Puk on the mound to keep USC off of the scoreboard in extra innings, as the Gators evened the series on Saturday, 4-3…The Orange and Blue trailed 3-0 after seven innings, and rallied with two in the eighth and one in the ninth before taking the lead in extras…Puk (3-2, 3.74) earned the win with a perfect 10th, two outs in the 11th, one out in the 12th and a 1-2-3 13th…The freshman drove in Florida’s first run on a double after pinch hitting in the eighth and scored the second on an RBI single by shortstop Richie Martin (.295, 17 RBI)…Junior second baseman Casey Turgeon (.246, 21 RBI) drove in the tying run in the ninth with a RBI sac fly…Shafer recorded the last out in the 11th and two in the 12th…The Gators began the 13th with back-to-back singles from Bader and Gushue…Bader would reach third and come around to score on Shafer’s RBI…Florida handed Gamecock closer Joel Seddon, who entered the game not allowing a run in 15 appearances, his first loss of the season…South Carolina scored three runs in the fifth and added one in the eighth to earn a 4-1 series-opening win on Friday…Freshman right-hander Logan Shore (3-2, 1.67) scattered six hits and four runs over seven innings but was on the hook for the defeat…He has gone at least five innings in all eight of his starts this year…Last Tuesday, Florida swept the season series over in-state rival No. 1 Florida State for the second time in three years and shut out the Seminoles for the first time since 1994, with an 8-0 triumph…Five pitchers combined for the shutout and allowed four hits, highlighted by sophomore starter Danny Young’s (4-0, 1.50) season-best five innings of work… Turgeon (2-for-5, 4 RBI) broke open a 1-0 game in the fifth with a three-run shot to right field and the Gators never looked back, adding a run in the sixth and three more in the eighth…Eight of nine starters contributed to the offense with a hit, while Young (5.0 IP, 2 H, 5 K) was followed to the mound by Shafer (1.1 IP, 1 H), junior Bobby Poyner (0.1 IP), sophomore Aaron Rhodes (1.1 IP) and redshirt junior Karsten Whitson (1.0 IP) to complete UF’s fifth shutout of the campaign and first in Tallahassee since April 11, 1989…The Gators play their final non-conference road game of the campaign on Tuesday against FGCU (24-13/9-3 A-Sun) before hosting Eastern Division rival Georgia (21-14-1/7-7-1) at McKethan Stadium starting on Friday night…Florida has not played on its own turf since April 1 and will kick off an eight-game homestand.


Top Performances Last Week

Taylor Gushue, Junior Catcher, 6-2, 215, Boca Raton, FL

*Led the Gators with a .316 (6-for-19) batting average over the four contests, including three wins

*Is now hitting a team-best .326 overall and .390 in SEC play and paces the squad in RBI (30), doubles (11) and homers (4)

*Went 5-for-14 (.357) in the series victory over No. 4 South Carolina

*Enters the week on a 10-game hitting streak, matching his career best

*Was 3-for-5 with an RBI single and scored a run in the Gators’ 6-5 win on Sunday

*Came through with a base-hit in the 13th inning on Saturday and junior Justin Shafer later provided the winning margin with a sacrifice fly


A.J. Puk, Freshman Left-Hander/First Baseman, 6-7, 230, Cedar Rapids, IA

*Played a key role at the plate and on the mound in helping Florida to a series victory at No. 4 South Carolina

*With the Gators trailing 3-0 in the eighth inning on Saturday and freshman Buddy Reed on first base after a leadoff single, Puk delivered a pinch-hit RBI double into left center

*Puk later scored on a one-out single by sophomore Richie Martin to bring the visitors within 3-2

*After the Gators tied the game in the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly by junior Casey Turgeon and the teams played a scoreless 10th, Puk moved from first base to the mound

*The left-hander earned the win with a perfect 10th, recorded two outs in the 11th, collected one out in the 12th and worked a 1-2-3 13th with two strikeouts after junior Justin Shafer had moved the Orange and Blue in front with a sacrifice fly

*Started as designated hitter on Sunday and contributed a single during the Gators’ four-run eighth inning that turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 advantage en route to a 6-5 victory

*In 11 appearances this season, with three starts, Puk is 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 21.2 innings, with 27 strikeouts and seven walks


Buddy Reed, Freshman Outfielder, 6-3, 200, Finksburg, Md.

*Came through with a sizzling .714 (5-for-7) average, with two runs and two sacrifice hits

*Enjoyed a career day in the finale at No. 4 South Carolina, going 3-for-3 with the game-winning RBI on a single in the eighth inning

*With UF down 3-0 in the eighth inning on Saturday, Reed led off with a bunt single and scored on a two-bagger by freshman A.J. Puk

*Had a single and a sac bunt during the 8-0 win over top-ranked FSU


Danny Young, Junior Left-Hander, 6-2, 200, Boca Raton, FL

*Fired five scoreless innings as the Gators blanked No. 1 Florida State in Tallahassee, 8-0

*Yielded two hits and registered five strikeouts in UF’s first shutout of the Seminoles at Dick Howser Stadium since April 11, 1989

*Boasts a 4-0 record and a team-low 1.50 ERA this year

*Over 19 appearances, with four starts, Young has 27 strikeouts and 30 innings and has one save





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