Saturday March 13, 2004Baseball Win Streak Goes to 13 With 10th Inning 6-5 Victory
Brian Leclerc hit the game winning single in the 10th inning as Florida won their 13th straight game
Brian Leclerc’s 10th inning RBI single lifted the 16th ranked University of Florida baseball team (17-3) to their 13th straight victory with a 6-5 win over visiting Brown on Saturday afternoon. The 13 consecutive wins are tied for the second longest win streak in school history.
The tenth inning heroics provided by Leclerc were setup after Jon Skorupski drew a leadoff walk. After a sacrifice bunt by Justin Tordi, Brian Jeroloman was intentionally walked. Leclerc stepped to the plate and drove a single through the right side on a 1-2 pitch that brought home Austin Easley who was pinch-hitting. It was the fifth last at bat victory for the Gators who will attempt to sweep the Bears tomorrow.
Darren O’Day (1-1) collected his first win on the season while Brian Hagerty got the loss for the Bears. Starting Florida pitcher Steven Porter went 3 1/3, allowing no earned runs for the first time this season. O’Day pitched the final two innings and gave up just a single hit on 25 pitches.
The two teams went scoreless for the final three innings after Florida had tied the game in the sixth. The trio of Connor Falkenbach, Lee Roberson and O’Day held Brown scoreless for the last four innings to help preserve the late inning victory.
Florida collected 10 hits as a team with Jeff Corsaletti leading the way by going 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Ben Harrison and Jonathan Tucker each collected three base on balls as Florida could not take advantage of 17 free passes and left a season high 20 on base.
Porter escaped the top of the first without allowing a run despite walking the leadoff hitter, throwing a wild pitch and hitting a batter. In the bottom of the inning Florida got to work early as Tucker worked a free pass to start the inning. He would advance to third courtesy of a stolen base and a throwing error before being driven home by a Harrison double making the score 1-0 after one inning.
Brown got on the board in the fourth when a Paul Christian double drove home James Lowe after he reached on a two base throwing error. Another walk by Porter would knock him out of the game after 60 pitches. Connor Falkenbach came in from the bullpen and would strike out the first batter he faced but then allowed a double down the right field line to Brown’s Danny Hughes bringing in two more Bears. Falkenbach regrouped to record his second strikeout of the inning and Brown held a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Florida answered right back with three runs of their own in there half of the fourth. Tordi led off the inning with a single and advanced to second after Leclerc was walked. Adam Davis provided an RNI as he doubled bringing home Tordi and advancing Leclerc to third. He would score the second ruin of the frame after Brown pitcher Shaun McNamara balked. McNamara would exit the game one batter later after he walked Harrison. Clint Dykehouse would come and give up a RBI single to Corsaletti that brought home Davis which gave Florida a brief 4-3 advantage.
The Bears would take the lead again in the fifth as they scored two runs thanks to a Chris Contrino RBI single and Lowe sacrifice fly. Florida escaped the inning thanks to a heads up play by Falkenbach who backed up home plate on the sacrifice fly and gunned down a Brown runner trying to advance to third. Falkenbach then enticed a week grounder to end the inning but surrendered a 5-4 Brown lead.
Florida tied the score at five in their half of the sixth when Matt Maley collected his fourth RBI of the season when he flew out to right with the bases loaded and one out. Davis scored from third on the play but the Gators would strand two runners as the third Bear hurler of the afternoon, Sam Jennings, came in to escape the jam.
The third game of the series is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday from McKethan Stadium.