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Freshman Adam Davis had three hits and scored a run for Florida in the 9-5 loss to Georgia.

Sunday April 4, 2004Early Barrage by Georgia Knocks Off Baseball 9-5

Gainesville, FL

Freshman Adam Davis had three hits and scored a run for Florida in the 9-5 loss to Georgia.

The University of Florida baseball team (25-8, 5-4 SEC) was shut down after the fourth and could not mount a comeback as the Gators fell 9-5 to visiting Georgia on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,545 fans at McKethan Stadium. The Bulldogs jumped ahead early and maintained the lead for the four run victory.

The Gators trailed from beginning to end as Georgia scored seven of their nine runs in the first three innings. The Gators trailed 7-5 after four but reliever Mitchell Boggs shut down their offense. Florida was never able to get back in the game as just one runner reached base in each of the final five frames and only two were in scoring position following the fourth against Boggs.

Boggs went 4 2/3 innings and gave up just two hits and no runs while walking two with three strikeouts. Will Startup came into the game in the ninth and retired Florida in order to end the game.

Florida starter Tommy Boss took the loss on the mound for the Gators as he went just 2 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits and seven runs.

Boss would get into trouble in the first as he hit two of the first four batters he faced and Georgia took advantage with five two out runs. Kyle Keen accounted for the first run as she hit a bullet into the hole at shortstop. Another single by Joey Side drove home the second run of the inning and Josh Smith followed with a two RBI double that made the score 4-0 in favor of Georgia. Clint Sammons then hit the second Georgia double of the inning, which scored Smith from second and ended the first inning scoring for the Bulldogs.

Florida quickly responded with three runs in the first and one in the second to cut the Georgia lead to 5-4. Adam Davis led off the Florida first with a double down the right field line. Two batters later Ben Harrison stepped in and hit an RBI single to center. After the second out of the inning freshman Brian Leclerc singled and fellow classmate Matt LaPorta brought the two runners home with a shot down the left field line.

In the second a one out single by Davis brought home Brian Jeroloman who had led off the inning with Florida’s third double of the contest.

Georgia stretched the lead to three runs a second time by adding two more runs in the third. Boss was removed in the inning for Darren O’Day who came in and pitched a career high 6 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and two runs with no walks and three strikeouts.

The first two batters of the inning reached on a double and single, putting runners at the corners. After a fly ball to the outfield advanced Keen to second, Smith hit his second double of the game that scored two for the Georgia 7-4 lead.

Florida and Georgia then traded runs in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth. The Gators loaded the bases with one out in the fourth after a pair of singles and a walk. Jeff Corsaletti brought home a run with a groundout to first base before a fly out ended the inning with two runners in scoring position. Florida would not threaten again as Boggs took over.

Georgia responded as Jason Jacobs hit a bases loaded RBI single to left field. The Bulldogs could have tacked on more runs but Leclerc through out a second runner attempting to score at the plate to end the inning.

The Bulldogs scored their last run of the contest in the seventh inning when Side came home on a ground ball fielder’s choice hit by Sammons. Side finished 4-for-5 with three ruins scored as he had three infield singles including one in the seventh when he reached and advanced to third on a second single.

Davis had three hits including a double while Leclerc and Tucker had a pair of hits for the Gators. Smith drove home four for Georgia who had 16 hits in the contest.

 

NOTES

  • Florida scored three or more runs in the first inning for the seventh time this season.
  • Florida pitchers hit a season-high four batters.
  • Florida scored five runs in all three games of the series.
  • Jeff Corsaletti had his career high 14 game hit streak snapped.
  • Florida had 10 or more hits for the ninth straight game.
  • Ten of Florida’s 31 this went for extra bases in the series.
  • Matt LaPorta’s double was the first of the season.
  • Freshman accounted for seven of Florida’s 10 hits.

 

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