Sixth-ranked Florida State snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fifth
to hand fifth-ranked Florida
a 6-4 defeat on Tuesday night in front of 4,601 fans at McKethan
Stadium. The crowd was the fifth-largest mid-week attendance in school history
for the Gators. The Seminoles (11-1) received a career-high 6.1 innings from
junior Tyler Chambliss (4-0) and home runs from sophomores Dennis Guinn and
Tony Thomas, Jr., to send UF (8-4) to its third loss in four games.
that Florida State
pitched and competed very well, and (Tyler)
Chambliss pitched an outstanding game for them,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “We got better tonight in
all phases of the game. Our bench was quality, we received a quality start from
Kris (Gawriluk) and we pitched fairly well out of the
bullpen. Florida State was very well prepared, they put
up six runs and I thought that was the biggest thing – their ability to expand
the lead. Good clubs find a way to win games, we are not a good club yet but we
are working at it and taking steps to improve.”
we improved tonight as a team toward the end,” said junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee,
Fla.). “We could not score
more runs than FSU and I take the blame for that. I had opportunities to drive
in guys and I did not get the job done.”
opened the scoring in the first on an RBI single to left by junior Brian Leclerc
Fla.). Junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) legged out an infield hit with one
down and Dickey’s grounder to short
was misplayed, resulting in a pair of runners aboard. Leclerc
laced a 1-1 pitch from Chambliss into left to score Davis
and a grounder by junior Austin Pride (Longwood, Fla.)
advanced Dickey and Leclerc into scoring position. Chambliss
had junior Brian Jeroloman
(Wellington, Fla.) ground out to end the inning.
Florida State evened the score
at 1-1 in the fourth on Guinn’s team-leading fourth homer, a solo shot with two
down into the left-field bleachers off junior Kris Gawriluk (Deltona, Fla.).
Although Leclerc smacked a leadoff double to right in
the bottom of the frame, Chambliss set down the next three hitters to keep the
Seminoles tallied three runs on three hits in the fifth to seize a 4-1 lead.
Thomas laced a one-out single to right and redshirt
freshman Mark Gildea followed with a walk. Batting
.051 entering the game, junior Danny Diaz ripped a two-run double to give FSU a
two-run advantage. After Gawriluk issued a free pass
to junior Shane Robinson, he was replaced by junior David Hurst (Jacksonville,
Fla.). Making his first Division
I start, Gawriluk (0-1) allowed five hits and four
runs over 4.1 frames. Sophomore Jack Rye greeted the reliever with an RBI
single up the middle before the lefty had junior Ryne
Malone pop-up to short. Sophomore Josh
Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.)
took over on the hill and had Guinn ground out.
In the home
portion of the stanza, sophomore Brandon
McArthur (Seffner, Fla.)
had a base-hit into shallow center and senior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.)
was hit by a pitch. Davis
delivered an RBI single to right to narrow the gap to 4-2 but Chambliss worked
out of the jam by having Dickey ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
connected on his third homer of the season, a two-run jack in the sixth with
junior Josh Spivey aboard, to provide Florida State
with a 6-2 cushion. Diaz and Robinson had back-to-back two-out singles to
prompt another Gator pitching change, as junior Steven Porter (Ocoee,
Fla.) replaced Edmondson.
Although Rye walked on four pitches to load the
bases, Porter jammed Malone on an infield pop-up to Davis.
Florida mounted a threat in the seventh but
could only close the gap to 6-3. Freshman pinch hitter Avery Barnes (High Springs,
Fla.) notched his first collegiate
hit to start things off and moved to second on a throwing error on the play. McArthur
followed with a walk and Barton singled to right to fill the sacks for the
Gators. Davis was
hit by a pitch to bring across Barnes and end the night for Chambliss (106
pitches, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K) in favor of senior Brent Marsh. The right-hander
induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play by Dickey to preserve the three-run
lead for the ‘Noles.
pulled the Orange
and Blue to within 6-4 in the eighth by belting his first homer as a Gator. The
hit was the first surrendered by Marsh in six innings this season. Jeroloman was hit by a pitch and moved into scoring
position on freshman Cody Neer’s (Orlando,
Fla.) liner that struck
Marsh. Southpaw Matt DiBlasi came out of the bullpen
and had senior Greg Quatrino
ground out to keep FSU ahead. Junior Luke Tucker worked a 1-2-3 ninth, with two
strikeouts, to collect his second save.
FSU held a
10-8 advantage in hits, as Diaz, Guinn and Thomas chipped in with two hits
apiece. Davis and Leclerc were each 2-for-4 to lead
the Gators. Each squad stranded seven runners on base.
- Matt LaPorta
missed his fourth-straight game for the Gators and remains day-to-day with
an oblique strain.
- Brian Leclerc
recorded his fourth multiple-hit outing off the season.
- The Gators had allowed two
homers through 11 games entering tonight before the Seminoles had two.
- Florida fell to 5-4 at McKethan
Stadium with the loss.
- UF was hit three more times
tonight, giving them 24 HBP this year.