Sophomore Bryan Augenstein
fired the first complete game of his career to lift fifth-ranked Florida (9-5) to a 4-1
victory over Texas A&M (12-2) at McKethan Stadium in front of 3,781 fans on Saturday
afternoon. The right-hander (4-0) limited the Aggies
to three hits and registered eight strikeouts in snapping UF’s
three-game losing streak. Augenstein leads the Gators
with a 1.15 earned run average and has totaled 32 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. The
teams will play the rubber game of the three-game set tomorrow at 1 p.m.
great respect for Texas A&M and their veteran ball
club that they have right now,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “It was a
huge win for us based on this recent stretch. Bryan (Augenstein)
continues to perform consistently. His mound presence keeps growing and I like
the way he is competing. His pitch count was down in the seventh and although we
started to get guys ready, I told (pitching coach) Ross (Jones) ‘This is his
“When I go
out on the mound, I put it into my head that no one can beat me,” said Augenstein. “I have a different intensity level this year
and try to get after every pitch I throw.”
Junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.)
led off the second inning with his first homer of the season into the
left-field bleachers off freshman Kyle Thebeau (1-1)
to give the Gators a quick lead. The run was Florida’s
first since the eighth inning against Florida State
on Tuesday night after being blanked by the Aggies in
the series opener, 4-0.
Junior Adam Davis (Ft. Myers, Fla.)
walked on four pitches to start the fourth and was sacrificed into scoring
position by Leclerc. After junior Austin Pride (Longwood,
Fla.) flew out to center, the Aggies elected to walk junior Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.)
intentionally. The move paid off when Thebeau jammed
freshman Cody Neer
on a pop-up to the catcher.
three Aggie errors, the Gators added a run in the fifth on a groundout by
freshman Avery Barnes (High Springs,
Fla.), the first RBI of his
career. Senior Chris Woods (Gainesville, Fla.)
beat out a single to open the frame and wound up at third due to two Texas A&M’s miscues on the play, as the third baseman threw
wide of the bag and the second baseman fumbled the ball to allow Woods to reach
third. Sophomore Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.)
grounded out to third and Barnes’ ground ball to the shortstop was booted,
allowing Woods to score.
retired the first 16 hitters before junior Josh Stinson smacked a solo homer to
right center in the sixth to pull Texas A&M to
within 2-1. It was just the third extra-base hit and first round-tripper
surrendered by Augenstein this season.
led off the bottom of the seventh with a free pass and moved into scoring
position on Neer’s sacrifice bunt. A grounder by
Woods pushed Jeroloman over to third and Thebeau (7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3
BB) stranded the runner when he had McArthur tap out to short to complete his
roped a double to left with two down in the eighth off Augenstein
but the right-hander kept the Gators in front by striking out junior Parker
Dalton for his eighth K. Florida tacked on two more runs on two hits in the
bottom of the inning for a 4-1 lead. Barnes led off with an infield hit against
freshman Anthony Vasquez and was bunted over by junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee,
Fla.). Following an
intentional walk to Davis,
Leclerc was hit by a pitch to fill the sacks. Senior
Hart Hering took over on the mound and was greeted by
a two-run single from Pride. Junior Jason Meyer prevented further scoring when
he had Jeroloman ground into a 4-6-3 inning-ending
UF held a
slim 4-3 advantage in hits, as four different players chipped in with one hit
apiece. Stinson was 2-for-3 to pace the Aggies.
- The homer was Brian Leclerc’s first since connecting against Texas in game two
of the College World Series on June 26, 2005.
- Freshman Avery Barnes made the
first start of his collegiate career at second base.
- Matt LaPorta
missed his sixth game in a row due to a strained oblique muscle.
- Florida improved to 6-5 this season at McKethan Stadium.