Friday April 4, 2003Baseball Falls at Vanderbilt 2-1 to Open Series
The University of Florida baseball team (23-7-1, 5-4-1 SEC) had their five game SEC win streak snapped as Vanderbilt (14-14, 3-7 SEC) used a solo homer in the seventh inning to pick up a 2-1 victory at home. The two teams combined for 12 hits in the pitcherís duel.
Vanderbilt starting hurler Jeremy Sowers picked up the win as he went 7.0 innings and gave up five hits and one run with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Jensen Lewis went the final two innings and picked up the save.
Leadoff hitter Ryan Klostermanís homer to lead off the seventh sparked Vanderbilt and gave the Commodores the 2-1 advantage as they held on for the victory.
Vanderbilt struck first with a two out run in the third as Klosterman reached on a fielderís choice. He stole second and came home on single up the middle by Matt Zeller.
Florida finally got to Sowers in the sixth after C.J. Smith led off the inning with a solo shot to left center. It was the 10th homer of the season for Smith.
Florida starter Adam Sanabria picked up a no decision after being pulled with two runners on in the sixth. Connor Falkenbach came on in the sixth and coaxed the final two batters into a strikeout and a groundout to end the Commodore threat. Sanabria went 5.1 innings and gave up six hits and one run with three walks and four strikeouts.
The Gators had five hits in the game as Smith went 2-for-3 with the homer. Florida left six men on base while Vanderbilt left eight. At the plate for the Commodores Klosterman was 3-of-4 for the Vanderbilt seven hit attack
The two teams will play the second game of the series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. EST. The probable starters for game two are RHP Robert Ransom (2-0, 3.05 ERA) for Vanderbilt and RHP Justin Hoyman (5-1, 2.29 ERA) for the Gators.