Sunday February 15, 2004Miami Takes Series with 14 Run Victory Over Baseball
The second ranked University of Miami baseball team won its second consecutive game against the Gators 19-5 to take the series 2-1. Miami had 23 hits including six for extra bases. Florida used seven pitchers including four in the final three innings.
Adam Davis led Florida at the plate as he had three hits including a triple while Stephen Barton drove in three of the five Florida runs.
Florida starting pitcher Matt Fuchs struggled early allowing Miami to score three first inning runs. He walked the first two batters he faced in the first and Ryan Braun drove the first run of the game home with a single up the middle. Another base hit by Jim Burt made the score 2-0 in favor of the Hurricanes and a fielder’s choice RBI groundout by Erick San Pedro scored Burt for the third run of the inning.
After a quiet first by Florida that saw the Gators leave two runners on base, the offense pushed two runners across the plate in the second. After an out, Austin Easley had a bunt single that was followed by Brian Jeroloman being hit by a pitch. Justin Tordi singled home Easley from second and Adam Davis tripled to the left center field gap that brought home Jeroloman and made the score 3-2.
Fuchs settled down in the second and got a pair of strikeouts and a groundout with a pair of runners on base. He was removed at the start of the third for relief pitcher Connor Falkenbach. Fuchs would pitch the two innings and give up three hits and three runs (two earned) with three walks and three strikeouts.
Florida would chase Hurricane start Brandon Camardese in the third when Ben Harrison walked and Jon Skorupski singled through the left side. Danny Gil would come on for Miami and shut down the Florida bats for the next four innings. The freshman would go four scoreless innings and give up just a pair of hits with eight strikeouts.
Miami would get to Falkenbach in the fifth as they had five hits in the inning. Back-to-back singles by Burt and Gaby Sanchez put two runners on. After an out the Hurricanes loaded the bases on a Brian Barton bunt single. Richard Giannotti drove a run home with a single to left after which Falkenbach was removed for Mike Pete. After the second out on the inning Joey Hooft made the score 5-2 in favor of Miami. Hooft hit a line shot to right scoring one and the inning ended as Barton tried to score but was thrown out at the plate by Harrison.
Miami tacked on two more runs in the sixth to make the score 7-2. Sanchez had an RBI sacrifice fly and a second runner scored on a wild pitch.
After four innings with just three hits Florida got a lift off the bench in the form of Stephen Barton. In a pinch hitting role and Harrison on first after a walk Barton hit a two-run homer down the right field line to cut the lead to three at 7-4.
Miami then broke the game wide open as Florida used three pitchers in the seventh and Miami scored seven runs. The Hurricanes would add five more runs in the eighth.
The big blows in the seventh were a two-run homer by Adam Ricks and two run singles by Burt and Giannotti. Miami sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning and had seven hits. Florida reliever Justin Stiver did come in the game and leave the bases loaded
The Miami eighth saw five runs score as Burt had a RBI triple and Giannotti scored two more with a single into center field.
Florida did mount a rally in the ninth as they loaded the bases with one out. Barton then scored Davis with an RBI sacrifice fly. Another walk to Jeff Corsaletti reloaded the bases but Chris Perez retired Matt Maley to end the game.
Gil would pick up the win on the mound while Perez earned the save as he threw the final three innings. Fuchs took the loss for the Gators/