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Starter Tommy Boss pitched a complete game in the loss.  Florida plays Georgia at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Thursday May 27, 2004Baseball Falls 3-0 to Vandy at SEC Tournament

Birmingham, AL

Starter Tommy Boss pitched a complete game in the loss. Florida plays Georgia at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Vanderbilt University (41-16) scored three early runs in a pitcher’s duel as the Commodores pulled out a 3-0 victory over the University of Florida baseball team (39-19) on Thursday at the SEC Tournament. The Gators had base runners in every inning except two, but could not push a run across against a pair of Vanderbilt hurlers who kept Florida off balance the entire game.

Florida starter Tommy Boss ended up on the wrong end of a complete game as he gave up three runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in the loss. His record dropped to 3-5 on the season.

Vandy starter Ryan Mullins pitched into the ninth before being lifted with two runners on for reliever Jensen Lewis. Mullins went the eight plus innings and gave up seven hits and no walks with a career best tying 12 strikeouts in running his record to 8-2. Lewis earned the save as he coaxed a double play and struck out the final batter to end the contest.

UF would bring tying run to the plate in the ninth as Ben Harrison led off the frame with a single to center before a Lewis pitch hit Jeff Corsaletti in the head. Lewis closed the door as he got the ground ball double play and the strikeout.

Jonathan Tucker had three of Florida’s seven hits as he finished 3-for-5 while Brian Leclerc went 2-for-4 at the plate. Tucker also stole three bases and was left on third base three times in the contest.

Vandy jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on Boss as Ryan Klosterman led off the game with a triple in the left center gap. He scored two batters later as Warner Jones lifted a fly ball to left field for a RBI sacrifice fly. Cesar Nicolas followed Jones with a solo home run to straight away center field.

The Commodores made the score 3-0 in the fourth on another sacrifice fly. Nicolas led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on ground ball to the right side of the infield. He then came home on a sacrifice fly from Aaron Garza.

The Gators had chances to score as Florida had base runners in each of the first five innings and had a runner on third in three of the first five innings. Mullins worked out of the jams each time to preserve the shutout. Florida would leave seven runners on base including six in the first five innings.

Klosterman and Nicolas had a pair of hits for Vanderbilt while Nicolas also scored the two runs.

UF will play an elimination game tomorrow against Georgia with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. ET at Hoover-Met Stadium. The game will appear on Fox Sports Net and also the Sunshine Network.


Florida head coach Pat McMahon –

"You have to give credit to Vanderbilt and Ryan Mullins for the way he pitched and the way defended behind him. He kept us off balance all game and the defense was outstanding. "

"I give our guys a lot of credit because they have great heart and determination. We bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth for a chance to tie the ball game. We just battled our hearts out but got beat tonight. We don’t like that and I know that we will be ready to compete tomorrow."

Florida junior Tommy Boss-

On the loss in his complete game effort
"I just felt that I settled down and got into a groove in the fifth or sixth inning. Early on I made mistakes on a few pitches and it cost us in trying to get the game under control. I just felt real comfortable on the mound and I knew our defense would make plays behind me."



  • With his three steals Jonathan Tucker tied his career high set Feb. 15. 2003 against Miami (Fla.) … The three stolen bases tied a Florida season high for a single player.
  • The Commodores have not allowed a run in the two games of the SEC Tournament which spans a total of 18.0 innings.
  • Florida has faced Vanderbilt four times in the SEC Tournament and is 0-4 in the meetings with the Commodores in the postseason affair.
  • Boss threw the first complete game of his career in the loss … It was the sixth complete game by a Florida pitcher this season and it was also the first complete game for a Florida pitcher in the last two seasons besides the 11 thrown by Justin Hoyman during that span … In his last 32 and 1/3 innings and five starts Boss has given up just nine earned runs.
  • With a single in the ninth, Ben Harrison ran his hit streak to a season best nine games.
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