Saturday February 14, 2004Miami Evens Series with 4-1 Victory Over Baseball
For the second straight night pitching dominated as the No. 19 University of Florida baseball team fell to No.2 Miami 4-1 Saturday evening. The Hurricanes tied the series at a game each with the rubber game slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at Mark Light Field.
Miami used a three run fifth inning to get some breathing room in an early 1-0 contest. The Gators had two runners aboard in four different innings but could not push more than the single run across after leaving nine on base.
It was a pitcher’s duel early as Florida’s Steven Porter and Miami’s Vince Bongiovanni battled on the mound. Both teams went scoreless the first two innings before Miami got on the board.
Erick San Pedro would be the first batter to reach against Porter as he stroked a one out home run to center field in the third to give Miami the 1-0 lead.
Porter was effective early as he retired the first seven batters he faced. Porter would go 4 1/3 innings before being removed with runners at first and second in the fifth. Both base runners reached on walks. The freshman would finish the game giving up two hits and three runs with two walks and a strikeout
The walks proved costly though as San Pedro stepped to the plate and hit a double to the left center field gap scoring both runners. A batter later Richard Giannotti ripped a single to left that ricocheted off the glove of shortstop Justin Tordi. The hit advanced San Pedro to third and Miami made the score 4-0 with a Joey Hooft RBI sacrifice fly that brought home San Pedro.
Bongiovanni only allowed one base runner on a walk in his first four innings. He was chased in the sixth when Florida had their first hits of the game.
The Gators would score for the first time in sixth after back-to-back single by Jeff Corsaletti and C.J. Smith. Brian Leclerc stepped to the plate and hit a bloop double down the left field line that scored Corsaletti to cut the lead to three runs.
Both teams would go scoreless in the final three innings as Miami relief pitchers held off the Florida attack. Bongiovanni would earn the win as he went 5 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and the one run with seven strikeouts. Two Hurricane relief pitchers combined to give up just a pair of hits with three strikeouts.
Porter took the loss for the Gators to fall to 0-1 in his first start as a Gator. In relief Bryan Ball went the final 3.2 innings and gave up three hits and one earned run.
Five different Florida batters had hits for the Gators who finished with just five base hits. Miami’s number eight and nine hitters (San Pedro and Giannotti) had all five of the Hurricanes hits and went a combined 5-for-8 in the contest.