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Steven Porter earned his first collegiate victory on the mound in the Gator victory.

Wednesday March 24, 2004Baseball Ends Home Stand with 11-6 Victory Over Dartmouth

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Steven Porter earned his first collegiate victory on the mound in the Gator victory.

Sound pitching and big runs early lifted the University of Florida baseball team (21-5, 2-1 SEC) past Dartmouth College (5-6) Wednesday at McKethan Stadium by a score of 11-6. The Gators will head to Lexington this weekend to face Kentucky for a key SEC three-game series.

The win wrapped up an 11 game home stand for the Gators who improved to 19-3 at home this season in the victory.

Left-hander Steven Porter (1-2) would get all the support he needed as he picked up his first college win. Porter had a solid start going five innings while giving up two runs on three hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout.

The Gators scored early putting up eight runs in the first four innings. The two squads had a scoreless first before Florida pushed a run across in the second. A RBI single courtesy of Justin Tordi in the second brought in Brian Leclerc. Leclerc led off the inning by forcing a walk from Dartmouth starting pitcher Tim Grant. Leclerc would get to second base on another walk to Brian Jeroloman, setting up the RBI opportunity for Tordi.

Dartmouth evened the game in the top of third as Scott Shirrell hit a solo home run into left center.

The game was not tied long as Florida started to pull away with a five spot in the third. The big blow was a three-run shot by Matt LaPorta with Leclerc and C.J. Smith on base. Before the homer, Florida scored twice on three consecutive hits. Jeff Corsaletti knocked home Adam Davis with a double after Davis had earlier reached on a bunt single. Corsaletti scored one batter later as Smith singled him home with a single to left field.

Dartmouth added another run in their half of the fourth with a solo shot by Brian Zurhellen before the Gator offense went back to work.

UF would tag on two more runs in the fourth that started with a single by Jonathan Tucker and a throwing error by that allowed Davis to reach. Corsaletti hit his second double of the night that brought in two more Gators as they scored for the third consecutive inning.

Smith was not done scoring for the night and came home from second in the sixth on a Corsaletti single to right. Smith earlier had reached on a walk and stole second.

Dartmouth made it interesting toward the end of the game. The Big Green would score two runs in each the eighth and ninth. Shirrell led off the eighth by reaching on an error, followed by back-to-back singles by Andrew Nacario and Ed Lucas to give the Big Green runners on first and second with a run already pushed across. Reliever Connor Falkenbach got Jeff Speights to foul out and after Patrick Nailer singled to right to score Nacario, Falkenbach promptly struck out Zurhellen to end the inning.

In the ninth Shirrell scored on a Ed Lucas single after reaching on an error and Nacario scored on a Nailer base hit to right center. Six different Dartmouth players had RBI for the Big Green while Shirrell scored three of their six runs.

Corsaletti and Jeroloman each had a pair of hits and drove in two for Florida who finished with 12 base hits.


NOTES

- The Gators finished their 11-game home stand with a 9-2 record.
- Jeff Corsaletti extended his hit streak to eight games while Tordi extended his to seven games.
- UF put up five or more runs in an inning for the 12th time this season.
- C.J. Smith stole his first base of the season in the sixth inning.
- Eight on the nine Florida starters in the lineup had base hits for the Gators.
- UF was hit by at least one pitch for the 13th straight game. UF has 31 hit by pitches this season.
- With his single RBI in the game C.J. Smith recorded his 100th career run knocked in.
- Florida improved to 9-0 when scoring 10 or more runs in a game in 2004.

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