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Ben Harrison and the rest of the Florida baseball team will look to even the series on Saturday.

Friday May 21, 2004Baseball Falls in Ninth 5-4 on the Road to Tennessee

Knoxville, Tenn.

Ben Harrison and the rest of the Florida baseball team will look to even the series on Saturday.

An RBI bases loaded single by Kelly Edmundson in the bottom of the ninth broke a tie as the University of Florida baseball team (37-17, 16-12 SEC) fell 5-4 to host Tennessee in game one of a key SEC series. The Gators took a 4-3 lead after seven but the Volunteers scored single runs in each of the last two innings in the victory.

Tennessee had loaded the bases for Edmundson after Kyle Norrid led off the final inning with a double off Florida reliever Connor Falkenbach. Brian Cleveland followed with a single before an intentional walk with no outs loaded the bases. Florida got a force play at home for the first out of the frame before Edmundson hit a high bouncing single over the head of Gator first baseman C.J. Smith which scored the game winner.

Falkenbach took the loss to fall to 7-5 in relief of Florida starter Justin Hoyman. Falkenbach would pitch one inning and give up three hits and just the one run. Hoyman got the no decision after being removed in the eighth.

Both starters in the contest gave solid efforts as Volunteer starter Luke Hochevar threw 131 pitches before being lifted with one out in the eighth. Hochevar gave up 10 hits and four runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

Florida finished with 13 hits including 12 singles but the Gators left 10 on base in the loss.

The Gators fell behind 2-0 after Tennessee scored a run in each the first and second. Alex Suarez drove in Josh Alley in the first to get the Vols on the board. Alley had doubled to right and came home on a single through the box by Suarez. Kelly Edmundson drew a walk in the second and came home on a single to right by leadoff hitter Eli Iorg.

Florida left three on base through two innings as a pair of two out singles in each frame was wasted. The Gators matched Tennessee with five hits in the first five innings but four of the five hits came with two outs.

Tennessee would add a third run in the fourth to seize control for Hochevar. Michael Rivera led off the Vols fourth with a double and scored after advancing to both third and home on fielder’s choice groundouts. Eric King would pick up the RBI with his ground ball to second base.

Hochevar would keep Florida scoreless until the Gators got to the right hander in the sixth. The rally was setup after Ben Harrison was hit by a pitch with one out. Jeff Corsaletti followed with a single that put runners at the corners for Adam Davis. Davis grounded into a fielder’s choice that plated Harrison with Florida’s first run. With Davis still aboard and two outs, Matt LaPorta had the big blow of the inning. The freshman tied the game as he launched a 2-2 Hochevar pitch over the fence down the left field line to tie the game at three

Florida them went ahead for the first time in the contest as C.J. Smith delivered a RBI single in the seventh. Brian Jeroloman led off the inning with a single before being removed for pinch runner Gavin Dickey. Dickey would advance to second after Stephen Barton was walked before Smith came through in the clutch with his shot up the middle that allowed Dickey to cross the plate.

Tennessee would tie the game one inning later but the Gators survived trouble in the inning. Iorg drove home Rivera with the tying run with his a double down the left field line but Tennessee still had runners at second and third with one out. The Gators elected to intentionally walk Josh Alley to load the bases with one out. Hoyman was then removed after 7 and 1/3 innings in favor of Falkenbach. Falkenbach would throw just two pitches in the eighth as his second pitch to Suarez went for double play as Jonathan Tucker stepped on third and threw to first to end the inning.

Tennessee reliever Scot Drucker got the win to improve to 7-3 as he pitched the final 1 and 2/3 innings and gave up three hits.

Florida will start right hander Tommy Boss (3-4) in game two while Tennessee will counter with right hander Sean Watson (4-5). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

NOTES:

  • Justin Hoyman gave up a run in the first inning for just the second time in his 16 starts this season.
  • Harrison’s hit by pitch was the 23rd of his career, which moved him to fourth place all-time in the Florida career record books.
  • Gavin Dickey stole the first base of his career in the seventh after he entered the game as a pinch runner.
  • All nine Gators in the starting lineup had base hits.
  • Adam Davis stole his 19th base of the season which tied him with Mark Ellis for the most steals ever by a Florida freshman in a single season.
  • Florida lost its second straight one run game and fell to 11-5 in one-run contests this season.

 

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