Friday May 9, 2014No. 10 Vanderbilt Evens Series At No. 8 Florida Baseball, 3-0
Freshman Kirby Snead matched his career long with 4.2 scoreless innings for Florida.
Sophomore right-hander Carson Fulmer threw a complete-game four-hitter as Vanderbilt blanked Florida, 3-0, on Friday night at McKethan Stadium.
The No. 10 Commodores (37-14/15-11 SEC) used a three-run fifth inning to square the series and end the No. 8 Gators’ (34-17/19-7 SEC) league winning streak at a school-record 12 games. Fulmer (4-1) registered his first career complete game and handed Florida its second shutout of the season by allowing four singles, with eight strikeouts and two walks.
The Commodores threatened with runners on the corners and none out in the second inning but were kept at bay by sophomore starter Danny Young. After junior John Norwood led off with a double and junior Vince Conde (2-for-4) legged out a bunt single, Young retired the next three hitters.
Although Vanderbilt loaded the bases in the third inning with two down, Young escaped the jam by catching Conde on strikes. Sophomore Xavier Turner had a one-out single but was erased on a fielder’s choice by freshman Bryan Reynolds. Redshirt sophomore Zander Wiel (3-for-5) had singled and Norwood walked to fill the bags.
Vanderbilt plated three runs in the fifth to open the scoring. After Reynolds drew a leadoff walk from freshman Dane Dunning (1-1), Wiel greeted freshman Shaun Anderson with a single into right center and Norwood walked to load the bases. A fielder’s choice by Conde brought home Reynolds and a throwing error by sophomore Richie Martin enabled Wiel to come home. Sophomore Rhett Wiseman (2-for-4) singled off of freshman Kirby Snead and freshman Karl Ellison laid down a squeeze bunt to score Conde with the third run.
Snead was a bright spot for the Gators, tossing 4.2 scoreless frames to match his career-long stint.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan
On Vanderbilt pitcher Carson Fulmer:
“We knew going into the game that it was going to be one of those games like last night (1-0 Florida victory). We knew it was going to be like that game we played against (LSU’s Aaron) Nola (2-1 Florida win on March 29). We’ve watched plenty of video on (Carson Fulmer). In his three previous starts, he hasn’t given up a run. He’s a competitor. We’ve seen him in high school; he’s from Florida. We knew all about him.”
On tomorrow’s rubber match:
“It should be a good game. They’ve got a good starter with a good arm, and we’ve got a good starter with a good arm. They’ve got a rested bullpen, and we’ve got a rested bullpen. It’s a pretty evenly-matched game. It should come down to who makes the least mistakes, to be honest with you.”
On Kirby Snead’s pitching:
“That was huge. I told the team at the end, he kept his pitch count down and did a nice job. He kept our older guys out of the ballgame so they’ll be fresh tomorrow.”
Freshman left-hander Kirby Snead
On his pitching performance tonight:
“I just came in and didn’t let them score any more to keep us in the ball game. I just did my job, kept getting outs and kept throwing strikes. That’s all I really need to do. That worked tonight.”
· The Gators’ SEC school-record winning streak ended at 12 games. It was Florida’s first loss since the series opener at South Carolina on April 11 (4-1).
· Danny Young made his seventh start, fourth in SEC play, for the Gators. He worked three innings and gave up five hits, with two strikeouts and a walk.
· After Young, Dane Dunning (1.0 IP, 1 R, 2 K, 2 BB), Shaun Anderson (0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R), Kirby Snead (4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 K) pitched for the Orange and Blue.
· Snead’s outing matched his career long, 4.2 innings against LSU on March 30 when he earned his first career win. In that game, the lefty also did not allow a run.
· Snead has not allowed a run in 11 appearances, dating back to April 6 against Kentucky.
· Florida’s four hits came from Zack Powers (2nd), John Sternagel (6th), Harrison Bader (7th) and Richie Martin (9th).
· The Gators were shut out for only the second time this season and the second time at McKethan Stadium (Illinois, 2/28).
· UF is now 12-2 in SEC home games and 9-2 against teams ranked in the top 10.
· The Orange and Blue dropped the second game of a league series for only the second time this season. The last SEC game-two setback occurred during the second week of conference play, a 5-4 loss to Texas A&M.
The Gators and the Commodores will wrap up the series tomorrow at 12 p.m., with UF’s three seniors (Keenan Kish, Zack Powers & Karsten Whitson) being honored in pregame festivities. The game will be shown on FSN/Sun Sports and WatchESPN with Larry Conley and Dave Neal.
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