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Stephen Barton hit the Gators second grand slam of the season.

Tuesday April 15, 2003Big Fifth Propels Baseball to 9-1 Victory

Gainesville, FL

Stephen Barton hit the Gators second grand slam of the season.

Freshman Bryan Ball threw five shutout innings giving up two hits and the Gator (26-11-1) offense had 13 hits including two homers in a 9-1 victory over visiting Bethune-Cookman (18-20) Tuesday evening. The Gators improved to 20-3 in non-conference games with the victory.

Ball making his sixth start of the season gave up just a pair of singles over his five innings in improving to 4-1 on the season. The right hander struck out four without a walk and threw 62 pitches in his 13th outing of the season. Six Florida pitchers threw in the game and gave up just three hits without walking a batter.

Brian Rose gave the Gators an offensive lift going 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate, while both Jeff Corsaletti and Ben Harrison had a pair of hits.

After a single run in the first on an RBI single from Harrison that scored Brett Dowdy the Gators would go empty handed until the fifth. In the fifth a pair of home runs accounted for seven Florida runs and extended the lead to 8-0.

In the inning after Justin Tordi and Jonathan Tucker got on base on a hit by a pitch and a walk, C.J. Smith hit his 13th homer of the season over the left field wall. The big inning wasn’t over as Harrison, Corsaletti and Rose each hit singles to load the bases. Stephen Barton provided the offense as he stepped to the plate and hit the first grand slam of his career. It was the third homer of the season for Barton.

The two teams traded runs in the seventh inning. John Gragg tripled and scored on a Roberto Rodriguez sacrifice fly. Florida added another run when Corsaletti doubled and Rose recorded an RBI with his single to left field.

Bethune-Cookman starter Brandon Worall took the loss as he went 4.2 innings with eight hits and six runs with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Gators travel to Foley Field in Athens, Ga. to take on the Georgia Bulldogs in a three-game weekend series April 18-20. Both Friday’s and Saturday’s games will be televised live on Sunshine Network at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. Saturday’s game also is the SEC-TV Game of the Week and can be seen on Fox Sports South. First pitch for Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST.


  • With the win over Bethune-Cookman, Florida improved to 17-0 all-time against the school.
  • With his infield single in the fourth Brian Rose extended his hit streak to a career-best 14 games. It is the longest hit streak for a Gator player this season.
  • The grand slam was the second of the season for a Gator player as Mario Garza hit the first of his career against South Florida Feb. 25.
  • All nine Florida players in the starting lineup recorded at least one base hit.


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