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Ben Harrison had a double and triple for Florida in the 3-2 loss.

Saturday March 15, 2003Baseball Can't Hang On in 3-2 Loss at LSU

Gainesville, FL

Ben Harrison had a double and triple for Florida in the 3-2 loss.

A late run propelled the Louisiana State University (13-7, 2-0 SEC) baseball team to a 3-2 victory over the University of Florida (15-5, 0-2 SEC) in the second game of a three game series in Baton Rouge, La. UF led 2-0 through five and a half innings but could not hold on as the Tigers pushed two runs across in the sixth and added the winning run in the seventh.

The Gators had four hits in the game led by Ben Harrison who was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. LSUís Ryan Patterson was the only other player in the game with multiple-hits as he was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

After three scoreless innings that saw Gator starter Justin Hoyman leave two runners stranded in each the first two innings the Gators struck with a two out run in the fourth. With two down, Harrison picked up the first Gator hit of the game with a triple to right center. That was followed by a bloop RBI single to center by C.J. Smith that was just out of the outstretched arms of the Tiger center fielder.

The Gators got some breathing room in the sixth after a leadoff single by Brett Dowdy. Dowdy then advanced to third after a balk and a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Tucker. Harrison then delivered in the clutch as he went the other way with an RBI double to right field to make the score 2-0.

LSU tied the game with a two-run sixth. Clay Harris doubled and moved to third on a fielderís choice by Ryan Patterson. Patterson advanced to second on a passed ball and with runners at second and third, number nine hitter Matt Liuzza delivered a single up the middle that scored both and knotted the score.

Hoyman was removed with no outs in the seventh and runners at first and second. Hoyman went 6.0 innings and gave up eight hits and three runs (two earned) with two walks and three strikeouts. Adam Sanabria came on in the sixth and coaxed LSU into a fielderís choice groundout before an RBI sac fly from Harris put LSU in front 3-2 for the first time in the game. Sanabria then got out of the jam with a groundout to end the inning.

UF would not threaten again after the sixth as Bo Pettit retired the final 10 batters in order. Pettit would pitch the second complete game in as many days for the Tigers as he improved to 3-0 on the season. He gave up four hits and two earned runs and struck out eight while not walking a batter.

The two teams will play the final game of the three game series Sunday starting at 1230 p.m. CT at Alex Box Stadium. The game is being televised live on the Louisiana Sports Network.

 

NOTES

  • Florida went 12.2 scoreless innings to start the series before scoring a run with two outs in the fourth.
  • Florida has lost six straight games to LSU in Baton Rouge, La.
  • UF has accumulated only nine hits in the first two games of the series with the Tigers.
  • C.J. Smith recorded 12 putouts at first base as pitchers Justin Hoyman and Adam Sanabria coaxed Tiger batters into 12 groundouts.
  • Florida left four runners stranded while LSU left 10 on base.
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