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Stephen Barton had three hits and drove in four runs on a pair of doubles in the 14-1 victory.

Sunday March 14, 2004Baseball Ties School Mark with 14-1 Win Over Brown

Gainesville, FL

Stephen Barton had three hits and drove in four runs on a pair of doubles in the 14-1 victory.

The University of Florida baseball team (18-3) tied a school record with their 14th consecutive victory as the Gators defeated visiting Brown University 14-1 Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The win streak started Feb. 21 with a 4-3 win over Miami (Ohio) and ties the 14 game streak from 2001.

The win completed a three game sweep of Brown, as Florida will look to break the team-winning streak Wednesday, March 17 against Army.

Stephen Barton led the Gators at the plate as he drove in four runs and went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Ben Harrison and Brian Jeroloman also had a pair of hits and two RBI. Nine Florida players had base hits for the UF 13 hit attack.

Florida starting pitcher Bryan Ball combined with a pair of relievers to limit Brown to five hits and one run. Ball improved to 4-0 as he pitched seven innings and gave up four hits and one run with three walk and three strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches in his fifth start of the season. Adam Sanabria and David Bartelt would close out the game on the mound for the Gators.

The Gators got on the board early in the first inning scoring three runs on four hits. Florida would not look back, as the Gators would score in five of their eight at bats and led 10-1 after two innings.

In the first Florida would score all they needed as a Harrison double scored Adam Davis whom earlier had walked. Davis would come home one batter later on a shot up the middle by Jeff Corsaletti. Two runners were in scoring position after a C.J. Smith double and the final run of the inning came home on a Stephen Barton single.

Brown answered back with one run of their own in the top of the second when Chris Contrino singled home Paul Christian. The rally was squashed when Florida left fielder Brian Leclerc fielded the single and gunned down a Brown runner trying to advance to third.

Florida broke the game open with seven runs in their half of the second. The Gators sent 11 batters to the plate and received a bases clearing double from Barton that brought home all three runners aboard and made the score 8-1. Later on the inning Justin Tordi brought home Barton with a single while the final run crossed the plate on a Brian Jeroloman RBI single. A botched grounder to second allowing six unearned runs to score ignited the inning.

The Gators would score four runs in the middle three innings including one each in the fourth and sixth and two in the fifth.

In the fourth the Gators quickly loaded the bases on a Smith walk, a Barton double and a Tordi hit by pitch. Jeroloman then drew a RBI bases loaded walk that scored Smith for the third time. In the fifth two unearned crossed the plate as UF put two runners in scoring position. A passed ball and ensuing wild throw allowed Davis and Jonathan Tucker to come home. The 14th and final Florida run scored on a Leclerc single to right. Jon Skorupski led off the inning with a walk and quickly moved up a base on an errant pick off throw. After a pair of outs, Leclerc drove a pitch into right field to pick up the RBI.

James Cramphin took the loss on the mound in the start for Brown. He went five innings and gave up 11 hits and 13 runs (five earned) with six walks and two strikeouts.

At the plate for the Bears Danny Hughes had a pair of hits.

NOTES

  • Florida’s seven-run second inning was their second highest run output in an inning this year.
  • Head coach Pat McMahon improved to 101-43-1 in his third year at Florida.
  • Justin Tordi was hit by a pitch a team leading sixth time.
  • The sweep was the third straight three game sweep of an opponent this season.
  • Including the three pitchers, 19 different Florida players saw action.
  • The Gators drew nine walks in the game and 32 for the series.
  • Florida was playing their sixth game of a 11 game home stand.
  • Florida turned three double plays to up their season total to 24.

 

 

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