Saturday May 31, 2014College of Charleston Edges No. 8 Florida, 3-2, In NCAA Gainesville Regional
The Gators fell to the College of Charleston on Friday night.
After a three-hour, 10-minute weather delay, fourth-seeded College of Charleston downed top-seeded Florida, 3-2, on Friday night at McKethan Stadium in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
With the victory, the Cougars (42-17) advance to face second-seeded Long Beach State (33-24) in a winner’s bracket game on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Gators (40-22) will face third-seeded North Carolina (34-26) in an elimination game earlier in the day at 1 p.m. The Dirtbags defeated the Tar Heels, 6-1, this afternoon.
The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Gator freshman Logan Shore (7-4). Sophomore Blake Butler (2-for-5) led off with a single and scored on a double by senior Brandon Murray. After a single by sophomore Carl Wise (2-for-4), freshman Nick Pappas roped a two-run double to center field to score both of his teammates.
Held hitless into the third, Florida loaded the bases with one down against redshirt sophomore Taylor Clarke on consecutive singles by junior Casey Turgeon (2-for-3) and sophomores Richie Martin and Harrison Bader (2-for-5). The Cougar right-hander worked out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts.
Junior Mike Fahrman narrowed the gap to 3-1 in the fifth with a pinch-hit RBI grounder. Bader started things off with a single and junior Taylor Gushue drew a walk before junior Braden Mattson lofted a fly ball into left center field. Although the Cougar outfielder nearly made a spectacular catch, the ball squirted free against the wall. However, Mattson was called out on the basepaths for passing Gushue, leaving UF with two runners in scoring position. Fahrman’s grounder to shortstop put the hosts on the board.
Martin brought the Gators within 3-2 in the sixth with a sacrifice fly that scored junior Josh Tobias (2-for-3) who had singled with one out and moved to third on a base-hit by Turgeon.
Florida junior Justin Shafer retired all 12 batters he faced over four innings, with a season-high five strikeouts. Sophomore Eric Bauer (6-2) picked up the win for CofC, with senior Michael Hanzlik retiring the side in the ninth for his 15th save of the campaign.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan
“Congratulations to the College of Charleston; they played a really clean game. They came out of the gates really quick, scoring three there in the first. I thought we settled down and pitched well from that point forward, but credit the College of Charleston. They did enough to win and they pitched themselves out of some jams. I think we left 11 on base and we were just one key hit away from tying that thing up. So, we know what’s in front of us. We’re in the loser’s bracket, but we have plenty of pitching and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow at 1 p.m.”
On the quick turnaround:
“It is what it is. We have no choice. We’re not going to talk about it. We win, we advance. We don’t, season’s over. Both teams played in the same situation; they [College of Charleston] had a long delay too. If they would have lost, they would have had the quick turnaround so I’m not going to look too much into that, we just have to get going.”
· Florida fell to 12-1 in NCAA Regionals held in Gainesville under head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
· The Gators are now 16-7 in one-run games this season.
· The start of the game was delayed for three hours and 10 minutes due to weather issues.
· Casey Turgeon was 2-for-3 with two walks out of the leadoff spot.
· The Gators pulled off the hidden ball trick after Nick Pappas’ double in the first inning, as shortstop Richie Martin tagged the runner straying from second base.
· Left fielder Buddy Reed threw a runner out at home to end the first inning, his first collegiate assist.
· Reed notched his fifth stolen base of the year with two down in the fourth.
· Logan Shore has worked at least five innings in all 15 of his starts this season. He gave up 10 hits and three hits, with six strikeouts and two walks.
· Mike Fahrman collected his fifth RBI of the year in the fifth inning.
The Gators will meet North Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Mick Hubert.
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