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Mario Garza went 3-for-6 with four RBI and a homerun in the Gator win.

Wednesday March 19, 2003Baseball Shuts Out Army 16-0

Gainesville, FL

Mario Garza went 3-for-6 with four RBI and a homerun in the Gator win.

The University of Florida baseball team ran their McKethan Stadium win streak to 14 games as the Gators shutout Army 16-0 Wednesday night in front of 1,601 fans. Florida scored nine runs in the third and then scored in four of the next five innings to preserve the victory. UF will now open their SEC home schedule this weekend as they host Alabama March 21-23

The Florida pitching staff had a stellar performance as starter Bryan Ball improved to 3-1 on the season after throwing 4.0 innings and giving up four hits with no walks and a career-high three strikeouts. Mike Pete then came on and pitched two scoreless innings while three other hurlers finished the game each throwing one inning to preserve the shutout. Gator pitchers did not walk a batter in the game for the first time this season while they struck out nine.

The Gators had 14 hits in the game led by Mario Garza who had three hits, three runs scored and four RBI and Brett Dowdy went 2-for-4 with five RBI. Ten different Gators recorded a hit to contribute to the win.

An outfield error by Army opened up the game for the Gators in the third as they scored nine runs in the inning. Justin Tordi singled and later scored on a Mario Garza homerun. In the next at bat, Ben Harrison walked. Seven straight Gators reached base starting with a three base error by an Army outfield that advanced Jeff Corsaletti to third and scored Harrison. Brian Rose walked and Matt Maley hit an RBI single scoring Corsaletti. An Army error advanced the runners and Tordi was hit by a pitch to load the bases. In the next at bat, Brett Dowdy hit a three RBI triple and he scored on the play after another Army error. Tucker was hit by a pitch and Garza continued a stellar inning with a double scoring Tucker giving the Gators a 9-0 advantage.

The Gators tacked on two runs in the fifth and one in each the sixth and seventh. C.J. Smith was hit by a pitch to open the fifth. Corsaletti then walked. Dowdy hit a two RBI single scoring Corsaletti and Dowdy bringing the lead to 11. In the sixth, Corsaletti singled and scored the 12th run on a Rose single and Army error. Garza started off the seventh inning by striking out, but reached first base on an error. After C.J. Smith walked, Garza came home on a wild pitch to score a run.

Florida put together five straight hits in their final inning at the plate as they added three runs. Matt Cresap, Garza and Smith each had RBI singles in the inning.

Dan Copello took the loss for Army as he threw 2.2 innings and gave up five hits and eight runs (three earned) with three walks. Josh Holden and had two hits while Jeremy Stache doubled and went 2-for-3.

 

NOTES

  • The Gators batted around for the 10th time this season in the third inning.
  • The Gators were hit by a pitch a Florida and SEC single game record seven times.
  • The last time Florida shutout a team was May 24, 2002 when Florida defeated Mississippi State 5-0 in the SEC Tournament.
  • UF improved to 3-0 all-time against Army, Florida has outscored Army 43-7 in their three meetings.
  • Florida improved to 10-2 this season in weekday non-league games.
  • This is the 8th time this season that the Gators have scored 15 or more runs.

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