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Sunday March 30, 2003Baseball Sweeps Series With 7-5 Win Over Tennessee

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida baseball team (22-6-1, 5-3-1 SEC) used three doubles from Brett Dowdy and three RBI from C.J. Smith to complete a three-game sweep of Tennessee (15-11, 4-5 SEC) on Sunday. After a pair of ties in the game Florida used a pair of runs in the seventh to break a 5-5 tie as Connor Falkenbach earned his second win of the weekend pitching the final three innings.

Falkenbach would come in relief in the seventh and would give up just two hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts as Florida held on for victory. In the deciding seventh inning Florida would use four hits to score two runs but the damage could have been worse after a bases loaded double play ended the inning.

Brett Dowdy led off the seventh with a double and promptly moved to third on a sac bunt. It was one of three doubles for Dowdy who finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored. He scored the go ahead run on a C.J Smith single. Smith stole second and went to third on a Ben Harrison loop double over first base. Brian Rose delivered an insurance run with a single to center field.

Florida starting pitcher Christian Madson cruised through the first four innings as he faced the minimum. He was removed with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth as he went 4.2 innings and gave up two hits, two runs (one earned) with two walks and three strikeouts.

After two scoreless innings, three doubles in the third gave the Gators a 3-0 advantage. Justin Tordi started the third with a double to right center field. Jake Riordan hit a RBI single to put Florida on the scoreboard. Dowdy doubled in the next at bat and Smith followed with another double scoring Dowdy and Riordan.

Tennessee scored two in the fifth and a single run in the sixth which tied the score at three. Brian Cleveland started the fifth inning with a single to right center field. A double by Walter Sevilla and two walks allowed the Vols to push two across the plate. A leadoff homerun by Javi Herrera in the sixth tied the game at three.

The Gators took a brief two run lead after six when they added a pair of runs. The lead was short lived as the Volunteers responded with two runs of their own seventh. The Gators scored after Rose was hit by a pitch and Jeff Corsaletti singled. Both runners then came home as Mario Garza looped a two out single to right center. The Volunteers also rallied with two outs as Brett Chappell hit a pinch hit single. After a fielder’s choice groundout and strikeout, Jordan Czarniecki doubled putting two runners in scoring position. The Vols Michael Rivera then came through in the clutch as he singled to right for the game tying runs.

The entire Florida starting lineup had at least one hit as the Gators finished with 13 hits including six doubles in the game. Garza added a pair of RBI and Tordi and Smith also had multiple hits for UF.

NOTES

  • The Gators lead the all-time series versus Tennessee 126-66.
  • Brian Rose was hit by a pitch for the 41st time tying the all-time Florida career record held by David Eckstein.
  • UF has won five straight games in the SEC, the most since they won five in a row from 4/19/02-4/27/02
  • Brett Dowdy extended his hit streak to 11 games with his three doubles.
  • In the series the Florida pitching staff limited Tennessee to 19 hits and nine runs.

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