Tuesday March 26, 2002No. 6 Baseball Wins 17-1 Decision Over Army
Ryan Shealy hit two home runs and No. 6 Florida used a school-record tying nine pitchers to defeat Army 17-1 Tuesday before a midweek crowd of 2,015 at McKethan Stadium. The win improves Florida to 22-5 overall (4-2 in the SEC) and drops Army to 5-8 overall.
Shealy followed Mario Garza’s solo shot in the fifth with solo home run of his own when he cleared the left field bleachers for his 10th homer of the year. His three-run shot to left field in the seventh gave Florida an 11-1 lead. Shealy finished the game 2-5 with two runs and four RBI. He has now hit four home runs over the last three games including at least one homer in three consecutive games. The senior from Fort Lauderdale has now hit a team-leading 11 home runs on the season.
The Gators used a school-record tying nine pitchers in the ball game. Previously, Florida had used nine pitchers in two other games- vs. Florida Southern on 3/4/67 and vs. Florida Southern on 3/6/65. Redshirt freshman Ryan Sadowski (1-0) earned his first collegiate victory after throwing the second inning.
"There was some outstanding performances tonight," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "Early in the ball game, we didn’t do as good of job offensively that we needed to do. We defended the field well. We needed to get some of our pitchers work and our young pitchers responded very well."
Florida built a 3-0 lead after the first four innings. Four straight singles gave Florida a 1-0 second inning lead on an Aaron Davidson RBI single to left. The Gators took advantage of back-to-back hits by Matt Goss and Aaron Sobieraj (bunt single) aided by two Army errors to make it 2-0 in the third inning. UF went up 3-0 in the fourth when Jeff Corsaletti drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on Brian Rose’s sacrifice bunt and scored on an errant throw.
Mario Garza and Shealy made it 5-0 Florida with back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth inning. Garza launched a solo home run to centerfield to lead off the inning and Shealy followed with a towering shot past bleachers in left field. After Brian Rose walked and Aaron Davidson was hit by pitch, Kiger gave UF a 6-0 lead when he drove Rose home from second on a line drive single up the middle.
Rose nailed a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left field for a two-run homer and 8-1 Gator seventh inning lead. UF put the game out of reach in the seventh with seven runs including Shealy’s second home run of the evening. Ben Harrison (2-2) drove in five RBI on two-RBI single in the seventh and a three run homer in the eighth. Mark Kiger finished with a career-high tying four hits.
Army starter Justin Kashner (1-1) took the loss after throwing 103 pitches and 6.1 innings. Kashner gave up 14 hits, eight runs (seven earned) and walked three. He also struck out three Gators.
Florida is back in action this weekend as it hosts Auburn for a three-game weekend series. No. 21/17/23 Auburn enters the series with a 20-6 overall and 4-2 SEC record. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on Sunshine Network with Mick Hubert and Nick Belmonte making the call.
*Florida used a school-record tying nine pitchers in the game. It ties the school record of nine set two times- vs. Florida Southern on 3/4/67 and vs. Florida Southern on 3/6/65. Previously, the most pitched used by Florida this season was seven vs. Siena on Feb. 27, 2002.
*Ryan Shealy and Mario Garza hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. That was the fifth time UF has hit back-to-back home runs this season. Shealy has now hit home runs in three consecutive games. Shealy also became UF’s first player to hit double digits in home runs with his first of two home runs on the evening (he now has 11 on the year).
*Mark Kiger finished with a career-high tying four hits. It is his second straight game with four hits.
*The attendance of 2,015 was the largest midweek McKethan Stadium crowd of the year.
*The meeting was the second ever between Florida and Army in baseball. Florida is now 2-0 vs. the Black Knights. The last meeting was in 1999, a 10-6 Florida victory.
*Florida pitcher Ryan Sadowski earned his first career victory.
*Florida finished the evening with 23 hits, the sixth time this season that it has registered 20+ hits in a game. It also marked the 23rd time in 27 games that UF has registered at least 10+ hits.