his third career start, Florida sophomore Bryan Augenstein
was perfect for 7.2 innings before yielding a single through the right side of
the infield on a 3-2 pitch to Cincinnati
junior Brian Szarmach in the Gators’ 10-4 victory on
Saturday night at McKethan Stadium. The 6’5” right-hander
set down the first 23 batters he faced and totaled a career-high nine
strikeouts over eight innings. There have been only seven no-hitters in UF’s 92 years of baseball.
“Bryan has worked extremely
hard,” said head coach Pat McMahon.
“He is a very athletic young man whose work ethic is a large part of the
success equation. Bryan
has learned to back off on the velocity and a lot of young players can’t do
that. It shows a lot of maturity.”
been conditioning and working as hard as I could during the fall and spring to
put myself in positions like this,” said Augenstein.
“I feel that I have learned a lot from our coaches and my ability to locate
pitches has improved a lot.”
(8.0 IP, 3 H) was lifted in the ninth after allowing two more hits and was
charged with a pair of runs on his way to his first collegiate victory. Freshman
southpaw J.K. LaCoste
Fla.) will make his collegiate debut for
the Orange and
Blue (2-0) against junior RHP Glen Simon in tomorrow’s series finale at noon.
team produced a hit until the Gators broke through with five runs in the third
on four hits and two Bearcat errors. Senior Chris Woods (Gainesville, Fla.) opened the frame by legging out a bunt to second
base off Cincinnati
junior Kyle Rapp and advanced to second on a passed ball. Junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) followed
with a towering homer over the left-field bleachers to give UF a 2-0 lead.
Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) ripped
a single up the middle and junior Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) flew out to the warning
track in center field, junior Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.) connected on a two-run
blast that landed over the left-field fence. Jeroloman’s
dinger was his first hit of the campaign, ending an
0-for-6 drought. Junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) was hit by a pitch and moved
to second on a balk before junior Gavin
Dickey’s (Tallahassee, Fla.) grounder was misplayed, leaving the Gators with
runners on the corners. A throwing error by Rapp on a pickoff attempt allowed Leclerc to score the fifth run of the inning.
was plunked to start UF’s fifth at bat and Dickey
reached on a one-out error before junior David
Cash (Odessa, Fla.)
walked to load the bases with one down. A fielder’s choice by senior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.) brought Jeroloman
home with an unearned run for a 6-0 advantage.
Cincinnati sophomore reliever Kevin Schrader
took over on the hill for Rapp (5.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4
ER) in the sixth but was lifted with two outs after issuing consecutive walks
to LaPorta, Jeroloman and Leclerc. Sophomore A.J. Upton induced a pop-up from junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.)
on his initial pitch to strand the trio of runners.
Sophomore Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.)
delivered a pinch-hit single in his first at bat of the season to boost UF’s lead to 7-0 in the seventh. Cash drew a leadoff walk,
advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Barber’s laser past the
Bearcat first baseman.
pushed across three more runs in the eighth to build a 10-0 lead. McArthur was
hit by a pitch to begin the stanza and advanced to second on LaPorta’s flyout. Jeroloman reached on a fielding error for two Florida runners aboard
and Leclerc stroked a single to score McArthur.
Petrie then collected his first two RBI as a Gator by punching a base-hit into
Bearcats averted the shutout with six hits and four runs in the ninth inning
and prevented Augenstein from going the distance.
Junior Nick Maragas led off with an infield single to
third and freshman Adam Yeager roped a single to right to end the evening for
the right-hander. Sophomore pinch hitter Adam Calez
greeted senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville,
Fla.) with a double to plate Maragas and UC freshman Josh Harrison had an RBI grounder that
resulted in the second run. Following a ground out to O’Day
by senior Mark Muscenti, senior Logan Parker (double)
and freshman Cory Hodskins (single) had consecutive
hits to narrow the deficit to 10-4. The right-hander had senior Jack Nelson end
the game with a fly ball to Petrie in left.
With their outburst
in the ninth, the Bearcats matched the Gators’ total of seven hits. Seven
different players accounted for UF’s hits, while the
trio of Davis (1-for-4), Jeroloman (1-for-3, three
runs) and Petrie (1-for-2) chipped in with two RBI apiece. Szarmach
was 2-for-4 to lead Cincinnati.
- There have only been seven
no-hitters in Florida’s
92 years of baseball. The last occurred on March 19, 1993, when Doug
Brennan (7.0) and Chris Nelson (2.0) combined to defeat Pace, 16-0.
- Today’s first pitch was delayed
44 minutes due to rain in the area.
- Bryan Augenstein’s
last start was March 22, 2005 against UCF (2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ND).
- Of Adam Davis’ 19 career home
runs, only two have been two-run shots.
- Florida opened the scoring in the series opener with
four runs in the second.
- The Gators were hit five times
this afternoon for a total of seven in the series.