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Friday March 14, 2003Baseball Falters 9-0 at LSU in SEC Opener

Gainesville, FL

A lethal Louisiana State University hitting attack pounded out 17 hits as the Tigers defeated the University of Florida baseball team 9-0 in both teamís SEC opener. The Gators recorded five hits in the game off of Brian Wilson who pitched a complete game.

Jonathan Tucker led the Gators at the plate with a pair of hits. All five of the Gator hits were singles, while LSU had nine extra base hits.

LSU rallied early to knock Florida starter Connor Falkenbach out of the game in the third. The Tigers scored twice in the first on a two RBI single from Ivan Naccarata. LSU then had five straight hits to start the third and finished the inning leading 6-0. An RBI double from Naccarata was followed by a two-run homer from Blake Gill. An RBI double from Quinn Stewart then scored Clay Harris for the final run of the inning.

Falkenbach finished the game throwing 54 pitches and gave up eight hits and five runs while striking out one. He took the loss to drop to 2-1 on the season. Tom Potter came on for the Gators and pitched a career-high six innings, giving up nine hits and four runs (three earned) while striking out six.

Wilson earned the win to improve to 4-2 as he walked just one and struck one nine. At the plate for LSU. Hill was 4-for-4 and had three doubles while six other Tiger hitters had multiple hits.

LSU added two runs (one earned) in the fourth on an RBI single from Gill. A second runner scored on the play as the ball was misplayed in the outfield.

A solo homer by Ryan Patterson in the seventh accounted for the other Tiger run.

The two teams will play the middle game of the three game series Saturday starting at 2 p.m. CT at Alex Box Stadium.

 

NOTES

  • Florida was shutout for the first time since a 10-0 loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament May 16, 2001, a span of 88 games.
  • Sophmore C.J. Smith did not record a hit to end his hit streak at a Florida individual team-best 13 games.
  • UF recorded a season-low five hits. Their previous low this season was seven.
  • The Gators have lost five straight games to LSU in Baton Rouge, La.
  • Jonathan Tucker recorded two or more hits for the sixth consecutive game.
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