Saturday May 17, 2003Baseball Earns Must Need Victory 13-4 Over UK
Mario Garza went 2-for-4 and hit a homer for the second consecutive day.
After falling behind early the Florida baseball team (34-18-1, 13-15-1 SEC) responded with four multi-run innings to run away with a key 13-4 victory over visiting Kentucky (23-32, 8-20 SEC) Saturday afternoon. The win put the Gators in position for a possible SEC Tournament berth with a victory on Sunday.
Florida would pound out 16 hits and score 13 runs one day after having 19 hits and 19 runs in a 19-0 victory over the Wildcats.
The Gators fell behind by three runs before the offense responded in the second. Florida would score in three straight innings from the second through the fourth and Mike Pete came on in relief and shut down the Kentucky bats.
Kentucky would jump out on top 3-0 after a pair of runs in the first and another in the second. The first Wildcat batter of the game Casey Gilven walked. Spencer Graeter then singled to left center field. Caleb Stewart scored Galvin for the Wildcats first run and Caleb Brock followed suit with an RBI single of his own to give Kentucky the 2-0 lead. The Wildcats tacked on another run in the second inning. A walk by Joe Naill and a Gilven single set up a Graeter sacrifice bunt to make the score 3-0.
After giving up the three runs in the first two innings, Gator starting pitcher Tommy Boss was removed for Pete who earned the victory improving his record to 4-2. Pete would finish the game as he went the final 7.2 innings and gave up six hits and one run in throwing 88 pitches.
Kentucky starter Heath Castle started strong retiring Florida in the first before the scoring rampage. Castle would last just 2.1 innings and give up six hits and seven runs with three walks and three strikeouts. He fell to 6-5 with the loss.
The Gators rallied in the second inning and took the lead from the Wildcats. After Ben Harrison and Mario Garza walked to open the inning, back-to-back triples by Stephen Barton and Justin Tordi in the second tied the game at three. A sacrifice fly by Jonathan Tucker scored Tordi and gave the Gators the 4-3 lead they would not relinquish.
Florida then added three additional runs in the third gave the Gators some breathing room. Harrison homered over the left field bleachers scoring two runs after a Brian Rose walk. In the next at bat, Garza doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Wildcat error.
A pair of homers stretched the lead even more in the fourth as Jeff Corsaletti hit the Gators third triple of the game that scored Dowdy who had earlier walked. Rose then hit a two-run shot off the scoreboard and Garza followed suit two batters later as hit his ninth homer, a solo shot, down the left field line.
Kentucky added a single run in the seventh inning after Mike Breyman hit a sacrifice fly scoring Naill.
Florida tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh for the final margin of nine. After a one-out walk to Dowdy, Corsaletti doubled home a run for his second RBI of the game. Following a hit by pitch Harrison doubled home Corsaletti.
C.J. Smith had three hits for the Gators while all nine starters had at least one base hit. Harrison finished with three RBI while Garza scored three runs.
Kentucky’s Brad Pickrell had three hits and Graeter had a pair of singles while scoring a run and adding a RBI.