Wednesday March 13, 2002Baseball Outlasts Two Rain Delays for 20-3 Win
No. 6 Florida outlasted two rain delays totaling two hours and 14 minutes as it registered a 20-3 baseball victory against the College of Charleston Tuesday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 14-3 on the season while the College of Charleston dropped to 13-4.
With the two rain delays, the game lasted five hours and 10 minutes and became the longest ever nine-inning game in UF baseball history surpassing a four-hour, 30 minute game vs. Temple on March 6, 1979.
Florida finished with 23 hits. Mario Garza tied a school record with a five-hit performance. He went 5-5 with four runs scored and three RBI. Mark Kiger was a double shy of hitting for the cycle. He finished 4-6, drove in five RBI and scored three runs in finishing with a triple, solo home run and two singles. Aaron Sobieraj also added a 2-3, three RBI, three run day. Matt Goss drove in four runs on two doubles and a 3-4 day while Pat Osborn and Aaron Davidson each contributed two-hit days.
Florida starter David Bartelt (2-1) pitched the first 3.0 innings for the win on a pitch count. He allowed five hits, two runs and struck out two. Five Gators saw action including Jamie Goldfarb (1.0 IP), Scot Drucker (2.0 IP), Connor Falkenbach (2.0 IP) and Matt Foster (1.0 IP). The Gators did not walk a single Cougar batter in nine innings.
Florida led 5-2 before the first rain delay. UF took command in the bottom of the fourth inning when it scored nine runs.
The game was delayed for the first time in the top of the fourth inning. Play resumed 41 minutes later only to be delayed again for an hour and 33 minutes.
College of Charleston starter Charlie Wentzky (2-3) suffered the loss.
*Mario Garza tied the school record for hits in a game with five.
*Mark Kiger finished the game a double away from hitting for the cycle. He went 4-6 with five RBI and three runs scored.
*The five-hour and 10 minute game marked the longest nine inning game in Florida baseball history. The former record was four hours and 30 minutes vs. Temple on March 6, 1979.