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Saturday May 1, 2004Baseball Runs League Streak to Six with 7-4 Win Over Auburn

Gainesville, FL

Despite numerous distractions the University of Florida baseball team (32-12, 12-7 SEC) ran their league-winning streak to six games as the Gators knocked off visiting Auburn (29-15, 9-10 SEC) Friday night. The game was delayed 52 minutes due to rain in the Gainesville area and the teams battled in front of 1,456 rain soaked fans.

The Gators Tommy Boss picked up his third victory of the season on the mound as he tied his career high with six innings pitch. Boss would give up eight hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out three in throwing 96 pitches. He improved to 3-2 on the hill while Auburn's Arnold Hughey fell to 6-2 on the season.

Florida was clenching to a 4-3 lead after five when a three-run sixth opened the game up as Florida's Connor Falkenbach held on for Boss. Falkenbach would hurl the final three innings and protect the lead as he gave up two hits and a run in earning his third save. He would strike out the side in the ninth to end any drama and the game.

Leading 4-3 the Gators would use four hits and a two out double from Austin Easley to extend the one run lead. Three straight singles capped by a Justin Tordi bunt base hit scored the first run of frame as Jeff Corsaletti came home on the perfectly executed play. Easley would drive a 1-0 Hughey pitch to the right center gap scoring Matt LaPorta and Tordi and giving UF a 7-3 lead.

The game was tied early as both teams scored twice in the first. Auburn scored two unearned runs in the first after a two out error at third base. The Tigers Clete Thomas took advantage with two runners on as he doubled home Tug Hulett and Sean Gamble with a shot to the right center gap.

Florida's Ben Harrison responded in the bottom half of the inning as he hit his 11th home run of the season the opposite way. After a pair of strikeouts, C.J. Smith singled up the middle, which was followed by the game tying Harrison long ball.

Florida took the lead for good in the third after Adam Davis singled with one out. Following a walk to Smith, Harrison picked up another RBI with a hard shot single at the shortstop. With runners at the corners Jeff Corsaletti lifted a fly ball sacrifice to center driving in the fourth Florida run.

Auburn tightened the game to one run in the sixth after Thomas led off the inning with a triple. He came home on a RBI groundout to shortstop by Chuck Jeroloman before Florida pulled away.

Auburn tacked on their final run in the eighth as Thomas delivered once again. Jeroloman drove Thomas home with a double after Thomas began the inning with a double.

Harrison had three RBI in finishing 2-for-4 while Brian Jeroloman also had a pair of hits for Florida's 10 hit attack.

In taking the loss Hughey lasted 5 and 2/3 innings and gave up 10 hits and seven runs with two walks and six strikeouts.

Thomas had a pair of doubles and a triple in finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Auburn.

NOTES:

  • Smith ran his hit streak to a season best 11 games with a single in the first.
  • Brothers Chuck Jeroloman (Auburn) and Brian Jeroloman (Florida) played against one another for the first time as collegiate players.
  • Falkenbach's appearance in Friday's game was his SEC leading 24th in 44 Florida games this season.
  • Florida recorded 10 or more hits in a league game for the 13th time this season.
  • The Gators scored three runs in an inning for the 14th time in 2004.
  • UF improved to 25-2 when they score six or more runs.
  • The two Florida pitchers coaxed 16 ground ball outs.
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