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Sophomore Richie Martin was 3-for-3 and scored three runs in the Gators' triumph.

Tuesday May 13, 2014Five-Run Second Inning Lifts No. 13 Florida Baseball Over USF, 8-2; Gators Finish 9-4 In Mid-Week Games

Gainesville, Fla.

Sophomore Richie Martin was 3-for-3 and scored three runs in the Gators' triumph.

Florida (35-18) closed its home schedule with an 8-2 victory over USF (25-27) on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium.

 

The Gators turned a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 advantage after two innings and their bullpen threw seven shutout frames to down the Bulls for the 12th time in 13 meetings under Kevin O’Sullivan. Sophomore Richie Martin was 3-for-3 with three runs, sophomore Harrison Bader was 2-for-3 with a three-run double and junior Casey Turgeon was 1-for-4 with two runs out of the leadoff spot. Freshman Kirby Snead (3-0) tossed 3.1 scoreless frames to earn the win.

 

USF opened the scoring on an RBI double by freshman Luke Borders (2-for-4) in the first inning against freshman Brett Morales. The Bulls then loaded the bases with none out but were kept off the board, as Morales struck out junior Austin Leuck, freshman Andres Leal was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch and junior Zac Gilcrease grounded out.

 

The Gators answered in the bottom of the frame when Martin came home on a wild pitch. Martin had a bunt single, moved to second on a throwing error, reached third on a wild pitch by senior Lawrence Pardo (1-2) and scored on another wild pitch.

 

Junior Kyle Teaf (2-for-4) gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead in the second with a two-out RBI single that brought across junior Buddy Putnam (2-for-4), who had tripled.

 

UF plated five runs in the second, highlighted by a three-run double from Bader, to seize a 6-2 lead. Freshman Ryan Larson led off with single and scored all the way from first base on a bunt single by freshman Buddy Reed that was thrown away. With Reed, Turgeon (walk) and Martin (HBP) aboard, Bader cleared the bases with a double down the left-field line and freshman Peter Alonso drove in his teammate with a two-bagger to right center.

 

Junior Braden Mattson lofted a pinch-hit sacrifice fly with the bases full in the sixth to expand the Gators’ lead to 7-2. Martin closed the scoring by racing home on a wild pitch in the eighth inning with two down.

 

Postgame Quotes

Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan

On getting things going early:

“I thought Harrison’s (Bader) at bat was the probably the biggest with the bases loaded and kind of helped us relax and settle in. Danny Young did a real nice job and Kirby Snead was outstanding again. He threw three and a third (innings), I believe only 30 pitches. If I’m not mistaken, he threw 27 strikes out of 30 pitches. All in all, it was a good night for us; a good midweek win against a really good in-state opponent. We’re looking forward to getting up to Tennessee.”

 

On Kirby Snead’s performance:

“He eats up a lot of quick outs. Most guys, they throw three and third and they’re looking at 45 or 50 pitches. You know, he threw 30 (pitches) to get 10 outs. They stacked the lineup with four lefties at the top and had two lefties staggered there at the bottom half of the order. It wasn’t an easy lineup to throw to, it was just fortunate we have some lefties we can go to.”

 

Freshman left-hander Kirby Snead

On the performance of Florida’s bullpen:

“Our bullpen has really been good this year. We’ve worked hard, and we’re getting ready for this last weekend (at Tennessee). It’s a really good performance from everyone.”

 

Sophomore shortstop Richie Martin

On getting a win in the last home game of the season:

“It’s really important. We’re just glad to get the win and have some momentum going into the series against Tennessee.”

 

On getting leadoff hits:

“That’s Casey (Turgeon) and I’s job in the beginning of the game; we need to get on base. Our roles change during the game, but, obviously we try to get on base and let the big hitters do some damage.”

 

On carrying momentum into the final series at Tennessee this weekend:

“We want to have momentum going into Tennessee. We should go in and try to win every game. If we do that, we put our destiny in our own hands. This is the biggest series of the season so far. We want to win as many games as we can this weekend and then carry that into the postseason.”

 

Game Notes

·         The Gators finished 9-4 (.692) in mid-week contests this year.

·         Florida notched its 14th come-from-behind victory of the season.

·         Kevin O’Sullivan improved to 12-1 (.923) in his career against USF.

·         Freshman Brett Morales made his fourth start of the year and worked the first two innings (5 H, 2 R).

·         Sophomore Danny Young followed with two scoreless frames in which he allowed one hit.

·         Florida’s five runs in the second was the fifth time this year the Gators have scored five or more in an inning.

·         The top of Florida’s order combined for 6-for-10, scored six runs, walked three times and drove home three.

·         UF’s bullpen combined for seven shutout innings. The Gator relief corps allowed four hits and struck out four.

·         Sophomore Harrison Bader picked up his third double of the year and drove home three runs on the play, giving him three games this year with three or more RBIs. Bader later collected his 10th stolen base of the year.

·         Freshman Peter Alonso collected his sixth double of the season.

·         Sophomore Richie Martin tallied three hits tonight, the fifth time this year he has done so. Martin notched his 10th double on the year and recorded his 16th stolen base, making him 16-for-18 on the year.

·         Martin came around to score three times, the fifth time a Gator has scored three runs in a game this season.

·         Freshman Tyler Deel made his fourth career appearance on the mound tonight. Deel’s one-inning outing is a career best.

·         Freshman Kirby Snead fired 3.1 innings of shutout relief, extending his scoreless streak to 12 games and 14.1 innings.

 

Up Next

Florida wraps up the regular season with a three-game series at Tennessee that starts on Thursday night. The games can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.

 

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