Friday March 8, 2002No. 6 Baseball Defeats Austin Peay 17-2
No. 6 Florida used a 10-run second inning and a six- inning pitching performance from Alex Hart to register a 17-2 win against Austin Peay Friday at McKethan Stadium. The win was Florida’s 400th victory at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium and improves the Gators to 12-3 on the season. Austin Peay drops to 6-4.
With the win, Hart improves to 5-0 on the season. He has given up just two earned runs (0.58 ERA on season) in 31.0 innings pitched. He struck out six batters and allowed just five hits and two runs (both earned) while throwing 103 pitches. Hart also allowed his first two earned runs of the season in the top of the second inning when Austin Peay’s Michael Johnson hit a two-run home run. The two earned runs snapped 14 consecutive scoreless innings pitched for Hart and were his first earned runs allowed in 26.0 innings pitched this season.
Florida broke open the game as it erupted for a 10-run second inning. Jonathan Tucker led off the inning with a triple down the right field line followed by Mark Kiger’s RBI single. After Matt Goss walked and an out, Ryan Shealy drove in Kiger on a RBI single. David Klebonis drove home Goss on a single followed by an error which advanced Shealy to third and Klebonis to second. Pat Osborn walked to load the bases and Ben Harrison drove in all three runs on a triple down the left field line. Also driving in runs in the inning included Brian Rose (RBI double), Kiger (RBI single), Shealy (2 RBI single). When the inning was over 35 minutes later, the Gators held a 12-2 advantage.
Kiger set a career-high with five runs scored and tied a career-high with four hits. He finished the day 4-5 with three RBI, two doubles and two singles. In his last 20 at bats, he is hitting .700 (14-20). Also having contributing productive days for Florida included Shealy (2-3, three RBI) and Tucker (2-4, three runs scored).
Florida finished the game with 15 hits and committed no errors.
Austin Peay managed just six hits on the evening led by A.J. Ellis’ two. Starter Stephen Pew (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing eight hits, nine runs (9 ER) in 65 pitches and 1.1 innings pitched. Six Governor pitchers saw action in the game.
Game three of the three-game series is set for Saturday at McKethan Stadium at 4 p.m.
*Florida won its 400th all-time contest at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium.
*UF starter Alex Hart gave up his first two earned runs of the season in the second inning. The two runs broke a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Hart and snapped a 26-inning streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Hart is 5-0 on the season.
*Mark Kiger tied a career-high with four hits. is now 14-20 in his last 20 at bats.
*Freshmen pitchers Tommy Boss and Connor Falkenbach each saw their first action on the mound for Florida. Boss struck out two batters in 1.0 IP and Falkenbach struck out one batter in 1 IP.
*Matt Maley hit his first career home run, a shot to right field.
*Florida evens the all-time series with APSU at 2-2 and breaks a three-game losing streak.
*Ryan Shealy and Matt Goss extended hit streaks to 12 and nine games respectively. Shealy’s 11-game streak is UF’s current best streak.