Saturday May 7, 2005Baseball Falls To Arkansas, 3-2, in 10 Innings
Before a boisterous crowd of 8,114 fans at Baum Stadium on Saturday afternoon, No. 19 Arkansas (35-13/11-12 SEC) used a bases-loaded fielder’s choice by freshman Clint Arnold in the bottom of the 10th to earn a 3-2 victory over No. 4 Florida (31-15/14-9 SEC). The Gators’ fourth-straight defeat dropped them to second place in the Eastern Division behind Tennessee (34-14/14-8 SEC), a 6-5 winner in 10 innings against South Carolina (32-15/12-11 SEC) this afternoon.
Sophomore Stephen Robison legged out an infield hit with one down in the inning and moved to second on the play as a result of a throwing error by sophomore Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.). After an intentional walk to freshman Ben Tschepikow, senior Connor Falkenbach (Parkland, Fla.) hit junior Craig Gentry to load the bases. Arnold’s ground ball to second base was enough to bring across Robison with the winning run.
Junior Charley Boyce (8-6) worked 5.1 scoreless innings for Arkansas to pick up the win, while Falkenbach dropped to 3-2 in his lone inning of work. For Florida, junior Alan Horne (Marianna, Fla.) matched his career high with nine innings and set a personal best with 12 strikeouts. The righty limited the Hogs to four singles and threw 130 pitches in his longest outing since tossing complete-game for Ole Miss against Western Michigan on Feb. 28, 2003.
In the first, senior Jeff Corsaletti (Port Charlotte, Fla.) punched a leadoff single to right and was sacrificed to second by Davis. Freshman Shaun Seibert answered with a strikeout of sophomore Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) before having junior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.) ground out to first.
Arkansas drew first blood for the second day in a row on a two-out RBI single by senior Scott Hode in the first inning. Gentry had opened the frame with a base-hit into left off Horne and Arnold popped up a bunt attempt that LaPorta snagged with a diving catch. After Gentry moved into scoring position with his 13th stolen base, Horne countered with a strikeout of sophomore Danny Hamblin. Freshman Brian Walker drew a walk from the right-hander and Hode collected his 16th RBI of the campaign with a hit into right.
The Gators tied the game in the third on a double into left center by Corsaletti, his 10th two-bagger of the campaign. Junior Justin Tordi (Orlando, Fla.) started things off with a single and moved to second on a bunt by sophomore Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.). Corsaletti was able to connect on a 2-2 pitch from Seibert for his 40th RBI.
Barton smacked a double to left to begin the fourth but was gunned down trying to advance on a fly-out to right by freshman Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.). Sophomore Blake Parker caught the ball for the Hogs and fired a perfect relay to senior Clay Goodwin covering third base to complete the double play. Sophomore Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) earned a free pass and took second on a wild pitch and classmate Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.) followed with a walk to end the afternoon for Seibert (3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 K, 3 BB). Sophomore Daryl Maday came out of the bullpen and fanned Tordi to strand the runners on base.
UF seized its initial lead of the series on a double by Davis in the fifth scored Corsaletti all the way from first base. Corsaletti had drawn a one-out walk before Davis jumped on a 0-1 pitch and sent it into right field for his 10th double of the season. LaPorta earned a base on balls to give the Gators two runners aboard and Barton’s grounder advanced his teammates into scoring position and prompted a pitching change. Boyce replaced Maday (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K, 2 BB) and induced a pop-out by McArthur to keep the margin at 2-1.
Horne retired 11 batters in a row, including five by strikeout, before permitting a walk to Hamblin with one down in the sixth. A grounder by Walker advanced the runner into scoring position and Hode delivered his second two-out RBI single of the afternoon to even the contest at 2-2.
Corsaletti sliced a single to start the seventh and Davis followed with a looper just above the first baseman’s head to give UF runners on the corners with none out. LaPorta grounded weakly on a 3-2 count to Boyce, who made an easy throw home to erase Corsaletti and then Barton grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to keep the game tied.
Junior Chris Hollensworth walked on four pitches with one out in the bottom of the inning and was caught trying to steal second by Jeroloman. Horne fanned sophomore pinch hitter Jake Dugger for his 10th K to become the first Gator hurler with double-digit punchouts since Justin Hoyman had 13 versus Brown on March 12, 2004.
Tschepikow reached on an infield hit to short to begin the Hogs’ eighth and Horne rebounded with a strikeout of Gentry. Jeroloman foiled Tschepikow’s stolen-base attempt but LaPorta dropped Arnold’s pop-up in foul territory to extend the at bat. After Arnold walked, Horne had Hamblin fly out to Dickey to send the game to the ninth.
Playing its first extra-inning game since March 6, a 6-5 win over Villanova, Florida took advantage of a fielding error by UA shortstop Hode to enable LaPorta to reach to begin the 10th. Barton laid down a bunt to advance his teammate into scoring position but Boyce retired McArthur on a grounder. Following an intentional walk to Leclerc, the righty had Jeroloman fly out to right.
Florida held a 9-5 advantage in hits, led by Corsaletti’s 3-for-4 outing. Hode was 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Razorbacks. Senior Tommy Boss (Dunnellon, Fla.) (5-3, 4.70 ERA) will oppose sophomore RHP Josh Smith (1-1, 3.23) in tomorrow’s finale at 1 p.m. live on Cox Sports.