Saturday April 24, 1999Catalanotte, Grezlovski Lead UF to Victory
Florida (26-18, 8-12) trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Catalanotte came to the plate after singles by Taylor Wood and Matt Heath. Catalanotte hit his second three-run homer in two days and his 15th of the season to put the Gators up for good.
Ben Grezlovski (7-5) picked up the victory by pitching one-hit ball over four relief innings. He came in for starter Sergio Rodriguez with no outs in the fifth, the bases loaded, and Florida ahead 3-2.
Grezlovski got Nate Janowicz to chop to Kurt Keene at third. Keene stepped on third base to force one runner and then fired home to retire another. South Carolina (29-14, 12-8) did not blow the opportunity, though, as Adam Poe laced a double to left to score two and put the Gamecocks up 4-3.
Rodriguez, making his first start of the season, pitched well allowing only a solo home run to Bryon Jeffcoat and a first-inning single until the fifth. USC starter Kip Bouknight (6-3) struck out 10 Gators but allowed seven runs and 11 hits to earn the loss.
Florida scored their first three runs in the third to take an early 3-1 lead. Catalanotte doubled and scored on a passed ball. Mike Floyd singled home Keene, and Peter Nystrom scored the final run of the inning on a Bouknight wild pitch.
UF added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, capitalizing on two USC errors. With two outs and two on, Keene chopped to USC pitcher Jamie Poston. Poston threw wild to first allowing Heath to score. Right fielder Poe, who was backing up the play, then threw wild to the plate allowing Catalanotte to score the games final run.
Florida now trails the Gamecocks by four games in the Southeastern Conferences Eastern Division. The two teams will play the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. The game will be televised live on the Sunshine Network.
South Carolina 001 030 000 - 4 6 2
Florida 003 003 02x - 8 11 2
Bouknight, Price (8), Poston (8) and Rios. Rodriguez, Grezlovski (5), Brice (9) and Heath. W Grezlovski (7-5). Bouknight (6-3). HR: South Carolina, Jeffcoat (5), Florida, Catalanotte (15). T 2:47. A 2408.