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Friday March 5, 2004Baseball Uses Late Heroics to Defeat Purdue 8-7

Gainesville, FL

After falling behind by a pair of runs late the University of Florida baseball team (13-3) tied the game in the eighth and got a game winning double from Matt Maley in the ninth to defeat Purdue 8-7 Friday night. It was the first game of a three game series between the teams and the win ran Florida’s win streak to nine games.

Brian Jeroloman led off the ninth inning with a line shot towards first base that went through the legs of first baseman Eric Wolfe and put Jeroloman in scoring position. Gavin Dickey came on to pinch run for Jeroloman and Maley came through in the clutch. He took the first pitch from reliever Jason Driscoll and drove it into left-center scoring Dickey for the win.

At the plate Jeff Corsaletti went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of RBI while Jeroloman and Jonathan Tucker each had three hits. Florida finished the game with 15 hits, including five for extra bases.

The Gators were cruising until the eighth inning, when Purdue exploded for four runs, giving the Boilermakers a two-run lead. Eric Wolfe led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a Rob Brockel single up the middle. A double by Matt Bush scored one run and knocked Florida starting pitcher Justin Hoyman from the game. Connor Falkenbach came on and a pair of bunt singles each scored a run before a failed pickoff attempt at first base allowed the fourth run of the inning to cross the plate.

Florida would not quit and tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Ben Harrison drew a walk from Jay Buente and scored on a Corsaletti double. Corsaletti then advanced to third on a deep fly ball by C.J. Smith and tied the game by coming home on a wild pitch by Purdue reliever Trae Dauby.

Hoyman started from Florida and got his second no decision in his last three starts. The right hander would pitch seven plus innings and give up 11 hits and six runs with six strikeouts. He gave way to Falkenbach who went one inning before Lee Roberson came on in the ninth.

Roberson would come up big as he pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out a pair to earn his first win of the season in only his third appearance.

Purdue attacked early in the game by loading the bases in each the first two innings, but Hoyman stayed focused and only gave up one run in the second. Wolfe came home on a double play ball hit by Andy Dahl. The Gators’ second baseman Adam Davis made a running, extended catch in shallow right to end the inning.

The Gators came back with their own run in the bottom of the third when Harrison picked up his first of his two RBI of the night with an infield hit to third that scored Davis. Davis reached on a fielder’s choice, stole both second and third and then came home on the infield single to tie the score at one.

The Boilermakers took the lead a second time in the top of the fifth when Simon Klink was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, which scored Mitch Koester. Hoyman retired the first two batters with a groundout and a strikeout, but then gave up three straight singles to load the bases for Klink.

The lead did not last long when Harrison led off the Gator’s fifth with a 400-foot home run to straight away center. Florida tagged on another run in the inning that started with a walk to Corsaletti. Purdue’s starting pitcher Scott Byrnes attempted to pick off Corsaletti, but threw it in the dirt and Corsaletti advanced two bases. Smith then brought home Corsaletti with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Gators a 3-2 lead.

Florida made it 5-2 in the sixth when Jonathan Tucker started the inning with his third hit of the night with a single to right. Tucker advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Davis and a balk by relief pitcher Jay Buente. Harrison hit a shot to the third that was bobbled for an error, which scored Tucker. Harrison moved to third on a wild pickoff throw and came home on a Corsaletti single to left.

Purdue finished with 13 hits led by Wolfe who went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored. The two teams will resume the series Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.

 

NOTES:

  • In 10 of Florida’s last 11 games the offense has produced 11 or more hits.
  • Florida improves to 3-1 on the season in one-run games.
  • In the last two games Justin Tordi is 6-for-9 and has raised his batting average to .390
  • The two teams combined for seven doubles.
  • Florida hit a home run for the ninth straight game.
  • Adam Davis took the team for stolen bases with seven.
  • Brian Jeroloman threw out his second base runner attempting to steal in as many games.
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