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Jonathan Tucker went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Friday April 11, 2003Baseball Drops Series Opener 9-4

Gainesville, FL

Jonathan Tucker went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

A late offensive push by South Carolina (21-13, 6-7 SEC) lifted the Gamecocks to a series opening 9-4 victory over the University of Florida baseball team (24-10-1, 5-7-1) Friday night. Five runs in the final three innings lifted the Gamecocks over Florida who had their five-game SEC home run streak snapped.

The game was tied at four before the seventh when South Carolina pushed across the winning run. The Florida relief pitchers held South Carolina scoreless in the middle three innings after South Carolina took a 4-3 advantage. The Gamecocks took a one run advantage with a single run in the seventh. In the inning, singles by Justin Harris and Landon Powell set the table for Bryan Triplett who hit a run scoring single to right field.

Steven Bondurant picked up the victory for South Carolina as the senior pitched 8.1 innings and gave up 10 hits and four runs with a career-best 12 strikeouts. Bondurant threw 155 pitches before being removed with an out in the ninth.

South Carolina cushioned their lead with three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. Tim Seaton hit an RBI single to left center field to start the Gamecock scoring in the eighth. Justin Harris added another RBI single and Brian Buscher reached after being hit by a pitch and later scored on a Landon Powell single. Jon Coutlangus added an RBI single in the ninth for the ninth South Carolina run.

Florida struck first with a single run in the opening frame to take a 1-0 lead after UF starter Adam Sanabria struck out the side in the first. Jonathan Tucker and C.J. Smith hit back-to-back singles before a Ben Harrison liner to left field scored Tucker and gave the Gators the early lead.

The second inning brought two more runs for the Gators. Jeff Corsaletti opened the inning with his 13th double of the season. In the next at bat, Matt Graziano walked putting two runners on before Mario Garza’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners. Singles by the next two batters, Jake Riordan and Brett Dowdy, each scored a run to put UF ahead 3-0.

Scoreless through the first two innings, South Carolina found their rhythm in the third with four straight hits that gave the Gamecocks a one run lead through three. Michael Campbell led off the inning with a double to left center field. Jon Coutlangus had a bunt single and Steven Tolleson hit an RBI single to get the Gamecocks on the board. The big blow with two runners on was a Brian Buscher three-run homer off the scoreboard.

The Gator starting pitcher Adam Sanabria threw 2.1 innings giving up six hits and four runs with no walks and a career-high tying four strikeouts in taking the no decision. The Florida pitching staff struck out nine an did not walk a batter in the game. Darren O’Day took the loss as he pitched an inning of relief and gave up one run on three hits.

Tucker and Smith both had two hits for Florida while Tucker also scored twice. South Carolina’s Justin Harris had a career-high hits for the Gamecocks.

NOTES

  • Brian Rose set a career high by having a hit in his 11th straight game. Rose extended his hit streak with a single in the sixth inning.
  • South Carolina’s 18 hits were a new SEC high for the season.
  • Florida fell to 0-9 when they score less than five runs.
  • The loss snapped UF’s seven game home win streak

 

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