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Matt Laporta had three hits in the Gator 8-1 win.

Sunday March 28, 2004Baseball Completes Sweep with 8-1 Win Over Kentucky

Gainesville, FL

Matt Laporta had three hits in the Gator 8-1 win.

A pair of Gator pitchers limited Kentucky to one run on seven hits as the University of Florida baseball team (24-5, 5-1 SEC) finished the sweep of the host Wildcats with a 8-1 victory Sunday afternoon. The Florida offense would take care of business after an early tie at one with 15 hits.

Florida starter Tommy Boss (2-0) kept Kentucky at bay as he tossed 5 2/3 innings and gave up just three hits and one run with a walk and three strikeouts.

After a scoreless first the two teams traded runs in the second. The Gator run scored on a Justin Tordi looping single to right field. C.J. Smith led off the inning with a double and after a pair of outs Tordi provided the base hit for the Florida 1-0 lead.

Kentucky quickly responded and tied the score on a RBI groundout from Michael Bertram. Billy Grace had doubled for the Wildcats and advanced to third on ground ball to the right side setting up the RBI opportunity for Bertram.

Florida seized control for Boss scoring the go ahead run in the fifth as both pitchers dueled in the early innings. Boss would retire 13 straight hitters until Casey Gilvin singled with one out in the sixth. Boss would walk the next batter following the single, which put two runners on for Kentucky for the first time in the game. The junior then came through as he struck out the Wildcat number three hitter Mike Breyman for the second out. Connor Falkenbach then came on for Boss and got the groundout he needed to end any threat by Kentucky.

Falkenbach would finish the game on the mound for Florida picking up his second save of the season. He would preserve the victory as he went 3 1/3 innings and gave up four hits and no runs with three strikeouts.

After an out to lead off the fifth, Jonathan Tucker and Adam Davis hit back-to-back doubles to put UF in front 2-1. Jeff Corsaletti followed being hit by pitch on an inside-breaking ball and Ben Harrison delivered the big blow of the inning. Harrison took a 0-1 Snipp pitch and went the other way as he drove the pitch over the right field fence. That four run inning gave Florida the lead for good as they pushed it to 7-1 with a pair of runs in the seventh.

In the inning Smith hit his second double of the contest and moved to third on wild pitch. Brian Leclerc drove Smith home with an RBI sacrifice fly to left. The Gators would start the offense over as Matt LaPorta and Tordi each hit singles. A third single by Tucker, who would finish 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, drove in the second run of the frame.

UF scored their final run in the eighth as Leclerc drove home Corsaletti who earlier had drawn a one out walk.

At the plate LaPorta went 3-for-5 with three singles and Leclerc drove in a pair to run his season RBI total to 27.

Florida ran their win streak to five games and improved to 5-2 on the road with the victory. The Gators will host in-state rival Florida State on Wednesday. March 31 at McKethan Stadium.

NOTES:

  • A Florida batter was hit by a pitch in the 16th straight game.
  • LaPorta’s three hits tied his career high that he set against Brown Match 12.
  • Smith’s two doubles gave him the team lead with 10.
  • The Gators totaled 16 doubles in the series.
  • Florida went without an error for the first time since March 14 against Brown.
  • The Florida pitching staff has given up just 13 earned run in the six SEC games.
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