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Jonathan Tucker had three RBI to go along with three hits in the 13 run Gator victory.

Thursday February 26, 2004Baseball Offense Carries Gators to 20-7 Win

Gainesville, FL

Jonathan Tucker had three RBI to go along with three hits in the 13 run Gator victory.

Behind a lethal offensive attack the University of Florida baseball team (8-3) defeated the University of Michigan 20-7 Thursday in the second and final game of the series between the two teams. Florida had 14 hits but benefited from 12 walks, five wild pitches and two balks committed by the Michigan pitching staff.

The game would end after seven innings due to Michiganís travel arrangements.

The Gator offense started the contest the same way it began on Wednesday with a big first inning. Ben Harrison, who went 2-for-3 with three runs, doubled to left-center off of Michigan starting pitcher Jim Brauer, driving in freshman Brian Leclerc. After the second walk of the inning to Jeff Corsaletti, C.J. Smith hit his second home run in as many games and sixth of the season to give the Gators a 4-0 lead. The Gators added one more run in the inning when Matt Maley reached and scored on two separate wild pitches.

Michigan would cut the deficit to a single run in the top of the second by scoring four runs. The Wolverines rallied with five straight hits highlighted by a RBI double by catcher Matt Rademacher. A.J. Scheidt and Brad Roblin also drove in runs for Michigan. The inning came to an end when Tommy Boss got the final two outs with runners aboard. Boss picked off Brad Roblin from first and then coaxed second baseman Chris Getz into a popout

Florida got one run back on a RBI sacrifice fly by Harrison in the second. He drove in Adam Davis who walked, stole second and advanced to third on a Jonathan Tucker single.

Michigan would not go away early as they closed the gap to one a second time on a solo home run to left by outfielder Mike Schmidt.

Florida then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the inning as the Gators sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs. Brauer started the inning on the mound for Michigan but the Wolverines would send two more pitchers to the mound. Smith led off the inning and reached on a throwing error before Maley singled off Brauer. After the first out of the inning, Justin Tordi doubled bringing home Maley. The extra base hit knocked Brauer out of the game. He would take the loss but not before more damage was done.

Two Michigan relief pitchers could not find the strike zone as six of the next seven hitters walked. The one hitter who did not walk was Tucker who hit a two RBI single to right field. The final two batters were finally retired by reliever Jeff Niemiec on a strike out and line out.

Pitcher Adam Sanabria would come on for Florida in the third and earned the win on the mound for the Gators. He would pitch four innings and give up six hits and two runs with a pair of strikeouts.

The Gators would add a pair of three run innings in the fourth and again in the sixth. In the fourth Jon Skorupski would hit a two-run home run down the left field line and Tucker would pick an RBI with an infield single. Smith had an RBI single in the sixth and later scored on a wild pitch. Austin Easley also drove a run home on an RBI sacrifice fly.

Tucker continued to fill his role as the leadoff hitter by going 3-for-5, scoring twice and also driving in three runs. Maley also had a pair of hits while Davis scored three times.

Michigan had 14 hits in the game but the Florida pitchers did not walk a batter. At the plate Chris Burhans and Brandon Roberts had three base knocks while Roberts also scored twice.


  • This was the first Thursday baseball home game since the Gators played Austin Peay March 7, 2002.
  • Floridaís eight-run third inning was the most runs theyíve scored in any inning this season.
  • The game marked the tenth time the Gators scored 20 runs in one game under head coach Pat McMahon.
  • Senior Bo Dring got his first base hit as a Gator with an infield single to Michiganís third baseman.
  • By driving in four runs C.J. Smith has 21 RBI in the first 11 games.
  • Michigan pitchers threw 186 pitches in the contest.
  • Florida improved its record to 6-1 in the all-time series with the Wolverines.



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