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C.J.Smith hit a pair of home runs and had six RBI in the Gator victory.

Sunday February 22, 2004Baseball Uses Eighth Inning Heroics to Take Series 2-1

Gainesville, FL

C.J.Smith hit a pair of home runs and had six RBI in the Gator victory.

The middle of the order provided the offense and the University of Florida baseball team (6-3) used eighth inning heroics for the second straight game as the Gators defeated Miami (Ohio) University 9-8 in the final game of a three game series. The win gave Florida the 2-1 series win over the RedHawks who dropped to 1-2 on the season.

After falling behind 8-7 in the middle of the eight the Gators got a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to take control. The game winner came on a grounder to shortstop that could have ended the inning had the double play been turned. But one of the stars in the game, Jeff Corsaletti, beat out the chopper which brought home Jonathan Tucker from third with the ninth run.

Brian Jeroloman led off the inning with a walk and was removed for pinch runner Gavin Dickey. Tucker then singled which allowed Dickey to move to third. He came home with the tying run on pinch hitter Daniel Brooks single to left. Ben Harrison was then intentionally walked in favor of Miami facing Corsaletti

Corsaletti finished 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored while C.J. Smith hit a pair of homers and finished 3-for-5 with six RBI in the contest for the Gators. The number four and five hitters in the Florida order were both celebrating their birthdays.

Miami took the lead 8-7 for the first time since the third inning in the top of the eighth. Pinch hitter Will Reynolds had a RBI fielder’s choice groundout and a throwing error allowed Geoff Orr to score the go ahead run. The ball did not leave the infield in the inning as the RedHawks took advantage of a pair of infield hits and the error.

Florida’s Tommy Boss picked up the win in relief as he threw an inning and gave up one hit before giving way to Lee Roberson in the ninth. Roberson earned his first collegiate save as he retired Miami in order in the ninth.

Florida took control with a single run in the first inning. A Redhawk throwing error allowed Harrison to reach before Corsaletti singled to center for Florida’s first hit of the contest. Smith collected the RBI that scored Harrison and got the Gators on the board, 1-0.

The RedHawks responded in the third inning with back-to-back singles by Brian Canada and Ryne Robinson to open the inning. Courtney Campbell advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, before a Jason Brown ground out scored Canada. In the next at bat, John Slone singled to right field giving Miami the 2-1 advantage.

Florida quickly reclaimed the lead that it held until the eighth in the bottom of the inning. Two runners were aboard for Smith after Harrison drew a leadoff walk and Corsaletti singled. Smith took a 3-0 Matt Long and drove it over the wall down the left field line

Solo home runs by Miami’s Mike Ferris and Orr knotted the game at 4-4 in the top of the fourth. Again, the Gators responded in the bottom of the inning. Tucker walked and advanced to third on a wild pitch. A Stephen Barton sacrifice fly got Tucker home and gave Florida the one-run lead, 5-4.

Smith struck again in the fifth with Corsaletti on. Corsaletti led off the inning with a double and promptly came home on a Smith home run that he hit with 1-0 count.

Miami struck back with a pair in the seventh to close the gap to a single run. Campbell singled up the middle and later scored off a Brown double to left center. Paul Frietch added the second RBI double of the inning and put the Redhawks within the one run.

Chad Reineke took the loss on the mound for Miami as he gave up the two runs in the eight off of two hits and a walk. Slone had three hits for Miami who had all nine players in the starting lineup get a base hit.

Florida received a solid outing from freshman starter Matt Fuchs who gave up the four runs in his four innings of work.

 

NOTES

  • Florida improved to 6-3 all-time against the RedHawks.
  • Four different Gator players each scored two runs.
  • The two teams used a combined nine pitchers in the contest.
  • Adam Davis hit his second triple of the season as Florida has had nine triples in their last 16 games played
  • UF has yet to allow a run in the second inning as they have outscored opponents 13-0 in the third.
  • Harrison and Corsaletti went a combined 13-for-24 (.542) in the series.

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