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Freshman Brian Leclerc had a pair of base hits including a two run home run.

Sunday April 11, 2004Baseball Can't Hold On in 10 Inning 7-6 Loss to Gamecocks

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Freshman Brian Leclerc had a pair of base hits including a two run home run.

Another nail biter ended in a loss for the University of Florida baseball team (26-10, 6-6 SEC) as the Gators fell in 10 innings 7-6 to host South Carolina. UF could not hold a 6-2 lead after seven innings as the Gamecocks rallied for the victory. All three games of the series were decided by one run and two went extra innings.

Florida would jump on top with leads of 5-0 and 6-2 before South Carolina got to the Florida bullpen. The Gamecocks scored the game winner when Brendan Winn hit a single to right scoring Steve Pearce from third in the extra frame. Pearce led off the inning with single and then advanced to third on a Michael Campbell setting up the heroics for Winn. Winn would finish 2-for-4 with four RBI as he also stepped up big in the eighth for South Carolina.

Florida starter Justin Hoyman would retire the first 12 batters of the game in order before Landon Powell led off the fifth with a bloop single to center. He would come out after six due to a blister on his middle finger and receive a no decision after the Gamecocks came back late. He gave up just two hits and struck out three with one walk. The lone run off Hoyman came in the sixth when Hank Parks hit a solo home run to center off the junior.

After scoring five runs in the second on Saturday the Gators put another five spot on the board Sunday in the third inning. The Gators had five hits in the inning and Brian Leclerc highlighted the inning with a two-run bomb to center field.

Austin Easley led off the frame with a double to the left field gap, which was followed by a single from Adam Davis that ricocheted off the umpire and left Easley at second. A sacrifice bunt moved the runnerís ahead one base, which set up the first run of the game. Easley came home on a wild pitch and Jeff Corsaletti drove home Davis with a double down the right field line. Following a walk C.J. Smith singled in the third run before Leclerc delivered with his fourth home run of the season.

The Gators threatened again in the sixth with two runners in scoring position with just one out. Gamecock starter Aaron Rawl worked out of the jam as he got a strikeout and a fielderís choice groundout to end the inning.

Following the Parks home run in the sixth, South Carolina would scored another run in the seventh as Ryan Mahoney knocked home Winn with a double off the wall in center.

The Florida offense was quiet following the second until the eighth against Rawl. Justin Tordi gave the Gators more insurance as he hit a two out solo home run to left center field giving Florida a 6-2 lead.

South Carolina responded in a big way as the Gamecocks tied the score in the eighth with Winn delivering a three-run home run. Michael Campbell had knocked home the first run of the inning with a single to left, which was followed by the Winn home run. South Carolina had four base hits in the inning including three singles.

Connor Falkenbach would get the loss on the mound as he went three innings and gave up seven hits and six runs. At the plate Leclerc and Tordi each had a pair of hits while Leclerc also drove home two.

Arik Hempy came on for the Gamecocks to earn the win in relief of Rawl. He pitched the final two innings and gave up no hits with a pair of strikeouts.

NOTES:

  • Ben Harrison made only his second start of the season as the designated hitter.
  • Adam Davis was hit by a pitch twice, which tied Jeff Corsaletti for the most in a game this season.
  • The home run allowed by Hoyman was only the third he has allowed this season in 68 2/3 innings pitched.
  • Florida had multiple home runs in a SEC game for the seventh time this season after accomplishing that just six times in all of 2003.
  • UF played two extra inning games in a SEC series for the first since 2001 when the Gators played two extra inning affairs with Mississippi State.
  • Florida had a string of six straight games with a double play snapped.
  • South Carolina won their fourth straight series over the Gators in Columbia.

 

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