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Sunday April 6, 2003Baseball Drops Game Three 4-1 to Vanderbilt

Gainesville, FL

In a rain drenched game three, the University of Florida baseball team (23-9-1, 5-6-1 SEC) had their bats quieted for a third straight time as Vanderbilt took the final game of the series 4-1 on Sunday. Rain poured throughout the game that included a 20-minute weather delay in the bottom of the fourth.

Brian Rose provided the only offense early in the game for the Gators as hit a solo homer over left field to start the second inning. It was fifth homer for the season for the senior catcher.

Florida starting pitcher Christian Madson cruised through the first three innings as he retired the first nine batters in order. Vanderbilt took a 3-1 lead on Madson and the Gators in the fourth after Ryan Klosterman singled to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt and line out, Warner Jones had a loop double down the right field line scoring Klosterman with the tying run. Jonathan Kaye then singled in the go ahead run. A single up the middle by Jeff Boutwell was played by Jake Riordan but his errant throw plated the final run of the inning.

The Commodores tacked on a run in the sixth as Kaye was walked and later came home on a groundout RBI by Jonathan Douillard.

Vanderbilt starting hurler Ryan Mullins went 7.0 innings and gave up four hits and one run with no walks and six strikeouits. He picked up the win and Jensen Lewis earned his second save of the series and fourth of the season. Madson dropped to 2-1 for Florida in taking the loss on the mound.

Florida threatened against Lewis in the eighth as they loaded the bases with no outs on a pair of walks and a fielding error. Lewis then retired three straight batters on a pop out, strikeout and a flyout which ended the Gator eighth.

Florida is back in action when it hosts Stetson Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.

NOTES

  • In the three game series the Gators had just 17 hits and scored four runs.
  • Relief pitcher Connor Falkenback made two appearances in the series and pitched 5.2 innings and gave up three hits and two runs with seven strikeouts.
  • Catcher Brian Rose went 4-for-12 in the series with a triple, homer and RBI. Rose had hits in all three games to run his hit streak to nine games.
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