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Saturday April 12, 2003Baseball Falls At Home 10-2 to South Carolina

Gainesville, FL

An early 2-0 Florida lead would not hold up as the Gator baseball team (24-11-1, 5-8-1 SEC) fell 10-2 at the hands of South Carolina (22-13, 7-7 SEC) Saturday. The Gamecocks rode the pitching efforts of David Marchbanks to win their second straight game against the Gators. The series finale is Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. EST at McKethan Stadium.

Marchbanks went the distance as he gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) with two walks and six strikeouts. He only allowed one base hit after the second inning and threw 105 pitches in the second complete game of his career.

His counterpart Florida’s Justin Hoyman took the loss as he gave up 11 hits and six runs with four walks and seven strikeouts over his eight innings. Hoyman fell to 5-3 on the season while Marchbanks improved to 7-2.

South Carolina’s Justin Harris had the big day at the plate as he had his second straight four hit game and also drove in three runs. Kevin Melillo also had a solid game as he went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. The Gamecocks had 14 hits in the game.

Florida jumped ahead 2-0 in the second before South Carolina scored three runs of their own against Florida starter Justin Hoyman in the third. Ben Harrison led off the second with a double which was followed by another double by Brian Rose which put two runners in scoring position. Jeff Corsaletti’s RBI infield single allowed Harrison to score and Rose came around for a 2-0 Gator lead after an errant throw on the play.

South Carolina’s big three run inning started with a Kevin Melillo double with no outs. A single by Jon Coutlangus put runners at the corners for Justin Harris who stayed hot with a double down the left field line which scored both base runners and tied the game. Harris later came home for a Gamecock 3-2 advantage on Brian Buscher’s groundout to second base.

South Carolina cushioned their lead with single runs in each the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth Hoyman stranded three runners but Matt Riddle drew a bases loaded RBI walk, and in the sixth Buscher hit an RBI sacrifice fly which put the Gamecocks ahead 5-2.

The Gamecocks then added a one run in the eighth and four in the ninth. Harris had an RBI groundout in the eighth while a Melillo three run homer in the ninth gave the Gamecocks an eight run lead.

NOTES

  • Brian Rose extended his hit streak to 12 games with a double in the second inning. The longest Florida hit streak this season was C.J. Smith’s 13 game streak.
  • South Carolina’s Justin Harris is 8-for-11 in the series with three RBI.
  • Matt Cresap earned his first start since Feb. 23.
  • Hoyman was one strikeout shy of his career-high with seven K’s in the game.
  • The attendance of 2,809 was the third highest SEC home attendance for the Gators this season.
  • Three of the four Florida hits were doubles.

 

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