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A two run home run by Jeff Corsaletti in the eighth tied the game at four.

Friday April 9, 2004Baseball Comeback Falls Short in 10 Inning 5-4 Loss to USC

Gainesville, FL

A two run home run by Jeff Corsaletti in the eighth tied the game at four.

A walk-off 10th inning home run lifted South Carolina (24-6, 5-5 SEC) to a 5-4 victory over visiting University of Florida (25-9, 5-5 SEC) Friday evening. UF had tied the game with three runs in the final three innings before the heroics by South Carolina. Game two of the series will start at 3 p.m. Saturday and will be shown live on the Sunshine Network.

Landon Powell delivered the blow as he hit a two-out home run over the center field wall to give the Gamecocks the victory. Relief pitcher Connor Falkenbach got the first two batters of the inning on a strikeout and popout before the home run. Powell finished 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the contest.

South Carolina led until Florida scored a single run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to tie the contest. Falkenbach would take the loss on the mound as he went four innings and gave up four hits and one run with four strikeouts. He came on after a great start by Tommy Boss who was removed in the sixth.

The Gamecocks used a Michael Campbell solo home run in the second to jump on top of Boss.

Florida tied the game in the top of the fourth on a long ball. South Carolina starter Billy Buckner had retired the first eight batters in order before two reached in the third on an error and hit by pitch. Ben Harrison then led off the next inning and took a 3-2 Buckner pitch over the left field wall.

Boss would find himself in trouble in the fourth as the first two batters reached on singles. He then got a strikeout and a ground ball double play to end the inning and keep the game tied. He later was removed with two outs in the fifth.

The junior would get a pair of groundouts and then give up a single to Landon Powell in the sixth. He would be removed with one base runner aboard after going 5 2/3 innings and giving up seven hits and two runs with no walks and a strikeout.

Lee Roberson would come on and walk the first batter he faced before Brendan Winn put the Gamecocks ahead by three runs as he hit a three-run home run

The Florida offense would immediately respond cutting the lead to one run in the seventh. The Gators used small ball to push a run across as Stephen Barton led off the inning with a single. He would move up to third on a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball before Brian Jeroloman drove him home. Jeroloman lifted a fly ball to left field and picked up the sacrifice fly RBI.

Following the seventh, Buckner was removed after throwing 114 pitches in earning a no decision. He gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts.

Florida would then send eight batters to the plate in getting to reliever Chad Blackwell in the eighth. Adam Davis led off the inning with a single to left and Jeff Corsaletti provided the game tying hit. Corsaletti blasted a Blackwell pitch high over the wall in right field for his third home run of the 2004 campaign. The next two Gators were retired before the bases became loaded. Blackwell came out with the bases jacked for Arik Hempy who got the final out after a battle with Jeroloman

Florida had eight hits led by a pair by C.J. Smith. UF would leave eight on base including four in the final three innings.

NOTES:

  • UF starting pitcher Tommy Boss coaxed 13 ground ball outs and only one fly out.
  • The Corsaletti home run was the first given up by South Carolina closer Chad Blackwell this season.
  • Florida hit two or more home runs in a game for the 13th time in 2004.
  • Justin Tordi had a career best 10 assists which is tied for the second best total in a game in Florida history.
  • The extra inning loss was the first of the season for Florida who fell to 3-1 in games in extra innings.

 

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