shutout pitching of junior Austin Creps, junior Matt Ueckert and sophomore Jordan Chambless,
Texas A&M (13-2) notched the series victory over
(9-6), 1-0, on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 3,018 at McKethan
Stadium. The Aggies blanked the Gators in both the
opener and the rubber game of the set. Creps (2-1)
collected five strikeouts over 7.1 innings and limited the Gators to three
singles. UF had not dropped a series to a non-conference opponent at home since
falling twice to Florida State over Feb. 19 & 20, 2000 (6-2 and 17-8).
“I was very
pleased with the way Tommy Wynn stepped forward and pitched us out of some
jams,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “I
thought we made quality plays to keep the game close, but we elevated too many
balls. We have to be more selective and put the ball on the ground. These guys
have great character and will push through.”
a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch with two out, the Aggies
plated the game’s lone run in the second inning. Junior Adam Hale singled up
the middle with one down and junior Josh Stinson drew a walk from junior Kris Gawriluk (Deltona, Fla.). After junior Parker Dalton flew
out to right field, senior John Infante reached on an
infield error to fill the sacks. Gawriluk hit
sophomore Blake Stouffer to bring across Hale but then had senior Jose Salazar
fly out to right field.
(0-2, 3.0 IP, 3 H) issued a leadoff walk to Hale in the fourth and was replaced
by sophomore Tommy Wynn (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).
Stinson greeted the reliever with a base-hit into right to give Texas A&M runners on the corners. With Dalton
at the plate, the Aggies’ suicide squeeze was
unsuccessful when Wynn fielded the bunt and threw to junior catcher Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.).
Sophomore pinch hitter Keith Stein, Jr., delivered a single to load the bases
with one down before Wynn set down Stouffer (flyout)
and Salazar (groundout) to escape the jam.
Stinson stroked consecutive singles to start things off for Texas A&M in the sixth. However, Dalton’s
bunt attempt to advance the runners was fielded by junior first baseman Austin Pride (Longwood, Fla.),
forcing Hale at third base. Wynn had Stein ground into a 4-6-3 double play to
keep the margin at 1-0. Over three innings, in which he allowed four hits, Wynn
kept the visitors off the board.
Junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.)
produced UF’s third and final hit of the afternoon
with a one-out single in the seventh. Creps answered
with a strikeout of junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) and Davis
was thrown out attempting to steal second to end the inning.
hit by a pitch to open the eighth for the Gators and Jeroloman’s
grounder to short was booted, giving the hosts a pair of runners on base. Creps popped Neer up for the
first out and was lifted for Ueckert, who retired
junior pinch hitter David Cash (Odessa, Fla.)
on a fly ball to center. Chambless came out of the
bullpen and had sophomore Brandon
McArthur (Seffner, Fla.)
fly out to left on his first pitch to keep Florida scoreless.
punched a one-out double in the ninth off junior Steven Porter (Ocoee, Fla.), who had taken over at the beginning of
the inning after freshman J.K. LaCoste (Jacksonville, Fla.) had put down all six Aggie
batters he faced. Jeroloman gunned down Dalton trying to swipe
third base before junior Craig Stinson laced a pinch-hit single into left. The
Gators used a 1-3-6 rundown to catch Stinson stealing to end the frame. The
reliever picked up his third save of the season after a 1-2-3 ninth.
For Texas A&M, Hale and Josh Stinson were both 2-for-3 as the
visitors held a 9-3 advantage. The Gators’ hits came from Davis, Jeroloman and Pride. The Aggies’
pitching staff limited the Orange and Blue to a
.145 (12-for-83) batting average, while Florida’s
hurlers held A&M to a .189 (18-for-95) performance on the weekend.
will meet Aoyama Gakuin from Japan in an exhibition
game tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. UF will host UNC Greensboro on Tuesday and
Wednesday at McKethan Stadium before welcoming
defending Ivy League champion Harvard to town next weekend.
- Matt LaPorta
missed his seventh-straight game and remains day-to-day with an oblique
- Today was the first time all
season that the Gators used the same lineup in consecutive outings.
- Florida turned its 20th double play of the year with a
3-6-1 combination in the fifth.
- The Gators are an even 6-6 at
home in 2006.
- Tommy Wynn’s three innings were
the longest relief stint of his career.