Sunday April 25, 2004Baseball Sweeps Vandy with Extra Inning 3-2 Win
A walk off home run in the bottom of the 10th by Adam Davis gave Florida a 3-2 victory over Vandy.
Florida’s Adam Davis hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the University of Florida baseball team (31-12, 11-7 SEC) a 3-2 win and the sweep over Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt Sunday at McKethan Stadium. Florida’s sweep of the Commodores is their second in three seasons.
Davis ended the game with his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the 10th. Leading off the inning Davis drove a 2-1 pitch from reliever Ryan Rote just over the fence in right center giving Florida their fifth straight league victory.
Darren O’Day (5-1), who entered the game in the sixth inning, recorded the win, while Rote (1-3) suffered the loss. Jeff Corsaletti was 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk, and Davis was 2-for-5 with a single and the game-winning home run.
The score was tied at one entering the eighth before Ben Harrison gave Florida the lead with a solo home run to left center – his 10th long ball of the season.
O’Day recorded the first two outs in the top of the ninth when Jonathan Douillard hit a solo home run to right field which tied the score at two. O’Day would retire the final batter of the ninth on a flyout as the Gators came to the plate.
Florida would threaten in the bottom of the inning as Corsaletti singled with one out, which was followed by the second out of the inning. Jonathan Tucker stepped to the plate and singled to right center and Corsaletti was waved home but was thrown out on the relay throw from second baseman Warner Jones.
Vanderbilt had the chance to take the early lead in the first inning, as Mike Baxter doubled down the left field line with one out. Jones singled to right field, but Harrison threw Baxter out at home to end the threat.
The Gators struck first in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with two outs. Brian Jeroloman reached on a walk, Justin Tordi singled up the middle and Corsaletti walked to load the bases. Ryan Kennedy was hit by a pitch plating Jeroloman with the first run of the contest.
Vanderbilt got on the board in the top of the sixth inning as Ryan Klosterman singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Baxter’s single to right field. O’Day entered the game for Florida with no outs and struck out Jones for the first out of the inning. Cesar Nicolas grounded out to second but drove in Klosterman for the Commodores’ first run.
The Commodores threatened again in the top of the eighth inning, loading the bases with one out. Tony Mansolino attempted a suicide squeeze, but popped the bunt up to O’Day, who then threw over to third for the final out of the inning.
Florida starter Bryan Ball went five innings and gave up six hits and one run with three strikeouts in getting the no decision. He gave way to O’Day who went the final five innings and gave up just the home run in earning the win.
Vanderbilt starter Ryan Mullins also got a no decision as he pitched eight innings and gave up six hits and two runs with a pair of walks and three strikeouts.
At the plate for the Commodores, Klosterman and Baxter each had three hits.
Florida hosts Auburn next weekend, with Friday’s game beginning at 6:30 p.m.