right-hander Bryan Augenstein
notched a career-high 10 strikeouts over 7.1 innings and top-ranked Florida (8-2) banged out 14 hits in a 10-3 win over Ohio State
(0-2) on Saturday afternoon at The Pepsi Baseball Classic in front of 3,940
fans at McKethan Stadium. Augenstein
scattered eight hits and allowed two unearned runs in running his season ledger
to 3-0. Junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.) was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI,
sophomore Matt Gaski
(Greensboro, N.C.) was 3-for-5 and junior Adam Davis (Ft. Myers, Fla.) launched a three-run homer for the
night’s ball game against Missouri,
we played hard the entire time and I think it carried over to today in a lot of
ways,” said head coach Pat McMahon.
“Ohio State is an outstanding team and can
create pressure. I thought Bryan (Augenstein) had a
terrific performance for us. We are working hard to become a good team.”
for this season was to go out on the mound and put my team in position to win
every time I step out there,” said Augenstein. “We
lost a lot of guys from last year and I knew I had to step up. I trained really
hard in the fall and spring to throw as many pitches as I need to.”
loaded the bases in the first inning with consecutive walks to senior Stephen Barton (Miami,
Fla.), Davis and junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.)
but scored one run. OSU sophomore Cory Leubke had
junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee,
Fla.) ground into a double play and junior
(Wellington, Fla.) struck out to keep the deficit at
Although Ohio State
put its first two runners aboard in the second, courtesy of a double by junior
Ronnie Bourquin and junior Adam Schneider reaching on
an error, it did not score. Augenstein rebounded to
fan freshman J.B. Shuck and senior Jedidiah Stephen
before inducing a grounder by junior Jason Zoeller
that forced Schneider at second base for the final out.
for a 2-0 advantage was denied in the second inning, when junior Austin Pride (Longwood,
thrown out at the dish by left fielder Jacob Howell trying to score on a
two-out single by Gaski.
Buckeyes threatened again in the third, putting runners on the corners with one
out. Sophomore Matt Angle drew a walk and moved into scoring position with a
stolen base. After Howell stroked a single into right to advance his teammate, Augenstein whiffed sophomore Eric Fryer and had Bourquin fly out to left.
A pair of Ohio State
errors on the same play with two down in the fourth resulted in a 2-0 Florida lead. Dickey
walked to start things off and was sacrificed to second by Jeroloman.
Freshman Cody Neer’s
ground ball to short was thrown away and the Buckeye first baseman sailed the
relay throw over the catcher’s head, allowing Dickey to come across with the
loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but could not add to their lead. Gaski legged out a bunt, Davis walked and an infield hit by Leclerc filled the sacks and ended the afternoon for Luebke (4.1 IP, 3 H, 5 BB, 2 K). Junior reliever Trey Fausnaugh caught Dickey looking on strikes and had Jeroloman ground out to first to end the threat.
Florida tacked on two more runs on three
hits in the sixth to build a 4-0 advantage. Pride punched a leadoff single to
right and moved to second on a passed ball. Cash poked an RBI single, Gaski collected his third hit of the contest and Barton
drew a walk to load the bases. Freshman Josh Barrera took over for Fausnaugh (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and
for the second out but issued a free pass to Leclerc
to bring across the fourth run. With Dickey at bat and the bases full for the
third time in the game, Barrera induced a ground ball to force Leclerc at second.
Buckeyes narrowed the gap to 4-2 in the seventh on three hits and a Gator
error. Shuck led off with a single through the left side and Zoeller reached on a throwing miscue to give Ohio State
runners on the corners with one out. An infield hit by junior Wes Schirtzinger scored Shuck and Angle’s groundout pushed two
runners into scoring position. Another infield hit, this time by Howell, pulled
OSU within 4-2. With Schirtzinger perched at third, Howell
swiped second. Augenstein answered by striking out
Fryer to close the frame. The K was the righty’s
ninth of the afternoon, matching his career high.
The Orange and Blue plated
five runs in the bottom of the inning for a 9-2 lead. UF loaded the bases with
none out, as Jeroloman singled to left center,
Pride’s sacrifice attempt was misplayed and Neer
walked. Cash greeted freshman reliever Matthew Selhorst
with an RBI single to left before Gaski lined into a
9-6 double play. Senior Greg Quatrino (Tampa, Fla.) lashed a pinch-hit single just out of the third
baseman’s reach to give the hosts a 6-2 lead and Davis blasted a three-run shot
into the left-field bleachers for his second round-tripper of the campaign and
a seven-run margin.
eighth, Bourquin singled up the middle and Schneider
was hit by a pitch before Augenstein punched out
Shuck for his 10th strikeout. A single to right by Stephen filled the bases and
prompted a Florida
pitching change. Sophomore Josh
Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) struck out Zoeller
and had Schirtzinger ground out to strand the
runners. Jeroloman later lofted a sacrifice fly to
center to drive in Dickey with UF’s final run. Ohio State
capitalized on two UF errors in the ninth with one run to finalize the 10-3
will complete their weekend action by facing Wake Forest
at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Freshman J.K. LaCoste (Jacksonville,
Fla.) (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will
start for the home team.
- Junior first baseman Matt LaPorta missed his second-straight game with a
strained oblique muscle.
- Matt Gaski’s
previous career high was two hits against Cincinnati on Feb. 10.
- The Gators improved to 6-1
all-time versus Ohio
- Three Florida players, Cash, Gaski and Pride, had multiple-hit efforts.