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Fritz Reichardt hit his first-career homerun in the seventh inning.

Saturday April 26, 2003Baseball Explodes For 14 Hits In 13-5 Victory

Gainesville, FL

Fritz Reichardt hit his first-career homerun in the seventh inning.

A 14-hit explosion including a 2-for-4 three RBI performance from Brian Rose helped lift the University of Florida baseball team (30-12-1) to a convincing 13-5 victory over No. 12 Mississippi State in game one of doubleheader Saturday.

Ben Harrison also had a big day at the plate for Florida as he went 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Fritz Reichardt drove in four runs and Jeff Corsaletti was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI.

After Florida starting pitcher Christian Madson was pulled after two innings of work, Adam Sanabria came on in relief and picked up his first win as a Gator. Sanabria would go five innings and give up five hits and four runs with three walks and two strikeouts.

The Gators never trailed after putting three runs across in the second. They would add a single run in the third and the deciding four runs in the fourth as they seized command 8-3 after four.

Rose led off the second with an infield single which was followed by a Corsaletti hit by a pitch. Lee Roberson hit an RBI single to right, scoring Rose for the first run of the ball game. Justin Tordi’s sacrifice then scored and another run. Leadoff hitter Jonathan Tucker them made the score 3-0 with a run-scoring single.

Mississippi State struck back in the third inning to keep the game close. Back-to-back walks put runners on base and a Matthew Brinson RBI double scored the duo and brought the game within one.

The two teams traded solo homeruns in the bottom of the third and top of the fourth innings. Florida’s Corsaletti and the Bulldogs Jon Mungle each hit bombs to tack on runs making the score 4-3 in favor of the Gators.

The Gators used a Rose homerun to pull away in the fourth. After Tucker reached on a fielder’s choice, Harrison and Brett Dowdy hit consecutive singles. Dowdy’s shot through the left side drove in Tucker, before Rose delivered, taking a 3-2 Paul Maholm pitch and hitting it into the left field bleachers.

The Bulldogs pulled the game within three runs in the seventh. Matthew Maniscalso led off with a double to left center field and Brinson hit a homerun to close the gap. Florida answered in the bottom of the inning. A C.J. Smith walk and a Corsaletti walk set up the three-run homer by Reichardt giving the Gators an 11-5 lead.

Two additional Gator runs were scored in the eighth, solidifying the victory. Smith walked to open the inning and Rose was hit by a pitch. Both runners stole to advance. Corsaletti hit an RBI single scoring Smith and Reichardt’s sacrifice fly scored the final Florida run of the game.

Maholm would take the loss as he dropped to 6-2 as he went five innings and gave up 10 hits and eight runs with a walk and four strikeouts. Brinson drove in four runs for the Bulldogs as he finished 2-for-4 with a double and homer.

NOTES

  • Florida ran its win streak to eight games against Mississippi State.
  • Ben Harrison became the sixth different Gator with a hit streak of 10 or more games this season. Harrison’s single in the first ran his hit streak to a career-best 10 games.
  • The Gators hit two homers off of Bulldog starter Paul Maholm who had entered the game giving up just one homer all season in 68.0 innings.
  • Florida’ Fritz Reichardt hit his first-career homerun as a Gator in the seventh inning.
  • The 13 Florida runs were tied for the most Gator runs in an SEC game this season.

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