The Florida baseball team (45-18) set two Florida NCAA post-season records
on the way to handing Bethune-Cookman (39-22) a 21-10 loss and eliminting
them from the NCAA Regional in Gainesville. The Gators set records for
most RBI and most runs scored in a NCAA post-season game.
Florida started with a big first inning. Playing as the visiting team, the
Gators scored four unearned runs on one hit and three Bethune-Cookman
errors. Lead off batter, Mark Kiger popped up to second base. Aaron
Davidson reached base on an error by thirdbaseman Jose Ramos. Pat Osborn
followed reaching first on an error by the shortstop Wes Timmons. Wildcat
pitcher Jason Dooley loaded the bases by walking Ryan Shealy. Davidson
scored on a fielder's choice play. Ben Harrison was safe on the play and
Shealy was out at second. Mario Garza reached base on balls. Aaron
Sobieraj used a hard hit single to score Osborn and Harrison and advance
Garza to third. Garza scored on an error by the short stop, for a 4-0
The Gators added two more runs for a 6-0 lead in the third inning. Shealy
led off the inning with his 22nd home run of the season. He is now only
one away from Brad Wilkerson's school record for home runs in a season.
Harrison reached base on an error by the Wildcat firstbaseman. He stole
second and third and scored on the RBI single by Sobieraj.
Bethune-Cookman considerably narrowed the gap in the bottom of the third.
Pedro Pichardo led off with a base hit. Simmons followed with a bunt
single. Both runners advanced on the sacrifice bunt by Rusty Moore.
Timmons hit a two RBI single to score the runners, advanced to second on
the throw and advanced to third on a throwing error by Gator centerfielder
Jake Rioedan. Timmons scored on the sacrifice fly by Jose Ramos to make
the score 6-3 Florida. Two straight walks by Florida starter Jimmy Ramshaw
out two more Wildcat runner son base with two outs in the inning. Oscar
Folks III drove a double down the right field line to score the two
runners and bring the Wildcats within one at 6-5.
The Gators added to their lead in the top of the fourth. Riordan led off
the inning with a walk. Kiger followed with a base hit down the left field
line. Both he and riordan advanced a base on a wild pitch. Davidson drove
them in with a two RBI single. Davidson advanced to second on the throw.
At that point, Cesar Montes de Oca came in to replace Wildcat starting
pitcher, Dooley. He got the first out of the inning as Osborn flew out to
right field. Shealy was hit with a pitch to put two Gator runners on.
Garza slammed a home run out to the left field bleachers to put Florida up
Florida added five more runs in the fifth to take a 16-5 lead. Brian Rose
came in when Davidson drew a bases loaded walk. Osborn hit the fifth Gator
grand slam of the season for the 11 run lead. The Wildcats brought in
Nelson Montes de Oca to finish the inning.
Bethune-Cookman added three runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth
inning. Carlos Burgos started the rally with a single to left. Pichardo
followed with another single. With one out in the inning, Moore drove the
fourth home run of the day by either team out in right field, making the
score 16-8 in favor of Florida.
Florida continued the scoring in the seventh inning. Shealy led off with a
double. Harrison scored Shealy with a single to right field. Harrison
advanced to second as the right fielder bobbled the ball. Garza had
Florida's third consecutive hit of the inning. Harrison scored on the
sacrifice fly by Sobieraj, but the Wildcat left fielder dropped the ball
to allow Sobieraj on base. Garza and Sobieraj scored on Riordan triple to
centerfield. Riordan scored on a passed ball for the fifth Gator run of
the inning and the 21-8 lead.
Bethune-Cookman added two more runs in the bottom of the ninth as
Sylvannah Dean hit a home run with a runner on to make the score 21-10.
The Wildcats used seven pitchers, but starting pitcher Dooley took the
loss. His record stands at 9-6 on the season. Florida starter Jimmy
Ramshaw earned the win. His record improves to 6-3 on the saeson. Connor
Falkenbach earned his first save of the season.
Florida and Miami are the only teams remaining in the regional. They will
play at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Miami has a 2-0 record in the regional, while
Florida's record is 2-1. Should the Gators win the first game, a second
game to determine who will advance to the super regional. That game will
begin one hour after the conclusion of the first game.