Top-seededFlorida (42-20) overcame a
2-0 deficit with five runs in the sixth inning to upend second-seeded North Carolina (41-18-1)
in an NCAA Regional winner’s bracket game at McKethan Stadium on Saturday
night. The Tar Heels next face Notre Dame (37-23-1) in an elimination game
tomorrow at 2 p.m., while the Gators await that contest’s winner at 6 p.m. UF
needs one more win to advance to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional.
Senior Tommy Boss (Dunnellon,
Fla.) tossed his third career complete
game for Florida,
limiting UNC to three hits, and totaled six strikeouts to improve to 7-4 on the
campaign. The right-hander went the distance for the first time since clinching
first-ever berth in NCAA Super Regionals with an 11-0
shutout of UCLA on June 6, 2004.
Florida put two runners aboard against sophomore Andrew Miller in
the bottom of the third but senior Jeff Corsaletti (Port
grounded into an inning-ending double play. Sophomore Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) and freshman JaredKubin(Oakton,
Va.) were both hit by pitches
before Corsaletti grounded to freshman third baseman
Chad Flack, who stepped on the bag and threw over to first to end the inning.
retired the first nine Tar Heels he faced before senior Greg Mangum drew a walk
to lead off the fourth. A sacrifice by senior Justin Webb advanced Mangum into
scoring position and a grounder by sophomore Matt Ellington enabled the runner
to reach third. Flack stepped to the plate and launched his team-leading 15th
homer into the left-field bleachers to help UNC draw first blood.
nine batters to the plate, the Gators erupted for five runs on four hits in the
sixth to seize a 5-2 lead. Junior Justin
Fla.) walked to start the inning and Kubin
followed with a hard single through the right side of the infield. Corsaletti slapped a base-hit to fill the sacks with none
out and sacrifice fly to the warning track in right by sophomore Adam
Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) cut the Heels’ lead in half. LaPorta was hit by a pitch from Miller to re-load the bases
and sophomore BrianJeroloman (Wellington,
Fla.) deposited an RBI single
into center field to tie the game. Freshman Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) moved the Gators ahead with a
groundout and sophomore BrianLeclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) poked a two-run
single up the middle for the three-run margin.
finished 2-for-4 for the Gators, which managed five hits off Miller (8-4). The Gainesville product
registered eight K, walked two batters and hit three UF players. Three
players accounted for its offense. The six-run fifth marked the 20th time this
year that Pat McMahon’s club scored
five or more runs in a frame.