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Saturday April 2, 2005Baseball Defeats UK, 20-11, For 2-0 Series Lead

Gainesville, FL

Seventh-ranked Florida (22-7/5-3 SEC) finished a busy Saturday afternoon with a 20-11 triumph over Kentucky (14-11/0-7 SEC) at McKethan Stadium. The Gators had taken the suspended game earlier in the day, 10-9, and have now registered five-straight victories. Powered by a grand slam from sophomore Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) and a bases-clearing double by senior Jeff Corsaletti (Port Charlotte, Fla.), UF scored 11 times in the fifth inning on its way to a season-high 20 runs.

Pat McMahon’s club banged out 16 hits, led by freshman Jared Kubin (Oakton, Va.) (3-for-3, four runs, two RBI), Corsaletti (2-for-5, three RBI), Davis (five RBI, three runs) and freshman Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) (2-for-3, three runs, two RBI). The Gators will send junior RHP Alan Horne (Marianna, Fla.) (1-2, 5.67 ERA) to the hill tomorrow at noon against Wildcat junior Kalen Gibson (4-1, 3.10 ERA).

"I am very proud of our ballclub today," said McMahon. "With the conditions we played under that was an impressive performance. Adam (Davis) continues to get better for us in every way and it takes a special young man to do what Gavin (Dickey) does between playing baseball and football. Some pitchers needed to step forward for us and Mike Pete assumed that responsibility for us."

The Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly to center by sophomore John Shelby. Freshman Antone DeJesus opened the game with a double to right center off senior Tommy Boss (Dunnellon, Fla.) and was sacrificed to third by senior J.B. Schmidt. A walk to junior Michael Bertram gave the visitors runners on the corners before Shelby delivered his third sac fly of the season.

UF grabbed a 2-1 lead in its first at bat on sophomore Matt LaPorta’s (Port Charlotte, Fla.) 10th home run, a two-run shot over the wall in right. LaPorta had belted a three-run jack in the completion of the suspended game earlier this afternoon. After freshman Andrew Albers retired the first two Gator batters, Davis had drawn a two-out walk to set the table for his teammate.

The Gators tacked on four more runs in the second to build a 6-1 advantage. Junior Justin Tordi (Orlando, Fla.) led off with a single and Kubin stroked a one-out base-hit for two runners aboard. McArthur increased his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single into center and Corsaletti walked to load the bases. Junior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.) smacked a two-run double to right for a 5-1 lead and Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Corsaletti with the sixth run. LaPorta earned a free pass and a passed ball gave the Gators runners on second and third before Albers struck out sophomore Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) to end the inning.

Freshman Jared Kubin (Oakton, Va.) provided the hosts with a 7-1 bulge in the third with the second homer and UK junior Justin Scutchfield answered with a three-run bomb in the top of the fourth to pull the ‘Cats to within 7-4. Junior Shaun Lehmann launched a one-out double and junior JP Lowen drew Boss’ career-high third walk before Scutchfield bashed a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers for his second round-tripper of the campaign. Helped by a two-out fielding error and a wind-aided triple by LaPorta off junior reliever Aaron Tennyson that scored Davis, UF answered with a run in the bottom of the frame.

Kentucky knocked Boss out in the fifth by loading the bases with none out and used a two-run, two-out double by Lowen to close the gap to 8-6. Schmidt and Bertram started the stanza with consecutive singles and the runners were able to advance into scoring position when Leclerc bobbled Bertram’s hit to right. Boss hit Shelby with a pitch to fill the sacks, prompting McMahon to enter senior Mike Pete (Brandon, Fla.). The left-hander struck out the lone batter he faced, junior Kevin Caldwell, before giving way to senior Connor Falkenbach (Parkland, Fla.). After the righty popped up Lehmann, Lowen doubled down the left field line just beyond the reach of Barton.

Highlighted by Davis’ second grand slam of 2005, Florida sent 15 batters to the plate and put up 11 runs in the fifth to go ahead, 19-6. Sophomore Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.) was hit by a pitch from Tennyson and Kubin drew a walk before McArthur delivered his second RBI single of the day for a three-run Gator margin. Corsaletti extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single to load the bases and Barton earned a base on balls to bring home Kubin. Davis cranked his fifth homer over the fence in left and Leclerc and Tordi later followed with two-out singles. UK committed an error on a Jeroloman’s grounder, enabling Leclerc to score from second with UF’s 15th run. Kubin lashed an RBI single to left and McArthrr walked to load the bases again. Corsaletti cleared the sacks with a double to the gap in center.

Shelby opened the seventh with a single before Falkenbach fanned freshman Colin Cowgill. Lehmann poked a double to give UK runners on second and third and Lowen’s fly ball was misplayed for two unearned runs for a 19-8 count on the board. After Tordi walked and Jeroloman singled in the home part of the seventh, freshman pinch hitter Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) singled up the middle for a 20-8 margin. The Wildcats plated three runs in the top of ninth against freshman Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.) to complete the scoring at 20-11.

Boss allowed six hits and six runs over four innings, Pete (2-0) retired one batter in the fifth, followed by Falkenbach (2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER) and Augenstein (2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K). Albers (3-2) allowed seven runs on six hits in three innings, while Tennyson surrendered 10 runs (six earned) on six hits in 1.2 innings. Junior Matt Robinson (2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R) and freshman Greg Dombroski (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R) rounded out the Kentucky pitchers.

Game Notes:

  • Matt LaPorta homered in consecutive games for the second time this season, also accomplishing the feat at Ole Miss on March 18-19.
  • Jeff Corsaletti’s eighth double put him in the team lead this season and moved him to sixth on the school’s all-time list with 46 two-baggers.
  • LaPorta has now driven in seven runs in the series.
  • Florida now has three grand slams this season, two by Adam Davis and one by Brian Leclerc.
  • UF’s previous high for runs in an inning was nine in the sixth stanza against Florida A&M on Feb. 22.

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