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Brian Rose hit his 10th homer of the season in the ninth for Florida.

Sunday May 4, 2003Late Rally Falls Short in 4-3 Loss at Auburn

Gainesville, FL

Brian Rose hit his 10th homer of the season in the ninth for Florida.

A three-run ninth inning rally wasn’t enough as the University of Florida baseball team (32-15-1, 11-12-1 SEC) fell short in its bid to take two of three games at Auburn (34-14, 15-9 SEC) as the Tigers held on for a 4-3 game three victory.

After going scoreless in the first eight innings the Gators mounted a comeback in the ninth. UF entered the inning down 4-0 but rallied for three runs. After an out, Ben Harrison doubled down the left field line. Mario Garza knocked Harrison in with a double to the right center gap for the first Florida run. Brian Rose then ran the count to 3-2 against Steven Register and deposited the relievers’ pitch over the left field wall to close the gap to 4-3. Pinch hitter Matt Maley then was hit by a pitch by Levale Speigner to put the tying run aboard. Speigner then got a pair of outs on a foul out and a line drive that went straight to the third baseman off the bat of Jeff Corsaletti.

Florida’s Justin Hoyman and Auburn’s Colby Paxton kept both offenses in check as they battled on the mound. Hoyman would give up a pair a runs in the second and one in each the seventh and eighth before being lifted with no outs in the eighth. He retired 10 straight batters from the third until the sixth before allowing three straight singles to start the seventh inning.

Hoyman fell to 7-4 with the loss after going 7.0 innings and giving up seven hits and four runs (three earned) with two walks and five strikeouts.

Auburn would score what turned into the game winner in the eighth after the Tigers pushed across an unearned run after Tug Hulett reached on a fielding error. The error allowed Javon Moran to come home after he had singled and advanced to third on a steal and a throwing error on the steal attempt.

Paxton earned the victory to run his record to 6-1 as he gave up just two singles over his 7.0 plus innings of work. He would walk one and strikeout two.before being lifted after 94 pitches for Auburn ace reliever Steven Register. Speigner earned his first save of the season after getting the final two outs.

The Tigers scored two early runs in the second off Hoyman. After a leadoff base hit by Bobby Huddleston, Karl Amonite drew a walk. The Gators then turned a double play but Auburn’s Clete Thomas responded with an infield single that plated the first run of the game. Schade doubled down the right field line, which brought home Thomas and gave Auburn a 2-0 advantage.

Auburn would add a run in the seventh. In the inning the Tigers quickly loaded the bases on the three singles. Scott Schade hit an RBI sacrifice fly scoring Josh Todd who was pinch running for Karl Amonite. Hoyman would remain in the game closing in on the 100-pitch mark and get out of the jam with a strikeout and flyout.

Garza had two hits for Florida including the double, while Thomas had a pair of hits for the Tigers. The teams combined for just 13 hits in the game.

 

NOTES

  • Auburn snapped the Florida series win streak at three by taking two of three games from the Gators.
  • The Gators fell 1 ˝ games behind South Carolina for first place in the SEC Eastern Division after the Gamecocks swept Kentucky this weekend.
  • The Gators had their Sunday record fall to 9-2-1. UF entered the contest winning three straight Sunday contests.
  • The Rose home run was the 10th of the season and 20th of his career.
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