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Justin Tordi had three hits and scored three times in the Gator victory.

Wednesday February 12, 2003Baseball Uses Extra To Win 10-9 Over CSU

Gainesville, FL

Justin Tordi had three hits and scored three times in the Gator victory.

The Florida baseball team held off a Charleston Southern six-run seventh inning to defeat the Buccaneers 10-9 in 10 innings on Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium. Offensively, Ben Harrison led the Gators with four hits and four RBI with two singles, a double and a home run.

The dramatic ending in the tenth was set up by Brett Dowdy who walked and then on a 0-2 pitch he took off for second and watched the ball scoot into center field. Dowdy then was waved all the way home and beat the throw for the Gator victory.

Lee Roberson picked up the victory on the mound for the Gators as he pitched the tenth and gave up just one hit in a scoreless frame.

The game was sent into extra innings after the two teams traded runs in the late innings. A pinch-hit single from Matt Maley snuck over the Buccaneer’s second baseman to give the Gators a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the eighth before Charleston Southern stuck back in the top of the ninth with a solo home run off the bat of Jordan Haar.

The Gators opened the game with a single run first inning after drawing two early walks. Dowdy began the Florida first with a single and he eventually scored on a Mario Garza bases loaded walk.

The Gators scored three in the second after a Justin Tordi bunt single started a rally. Dowdy reached base on an error and just one batter later Harrison hit a three-run homer off the right field score board.

The Bucs cut the 4-0 deficit in half with two runs in the third after a back-to-back singles set the table for Jeff Kolhagen who drove in both with a double.

Tordi gave the Gators a 5-2 lead in the fourth with the first home run of his career.

Charleston Southern went scoreless in three straight innings as the Florida pitching staff retired 10 straight batters from the third to the sixth. Mike Pete started and threw three innings, giving up four hits and two runs. Freshmen Darren O’Day and Christian Madson then took over and combined to throw three scoreless and hitless innings striking out three.

The Gators extended the lead with three runs in the sixth before the Buccaneers responded. In the inning, Matt Cresap had an RBI single to left and that was followed by a Dowdy ground rule double that put two runners in scoring position. A single to right field by Harrison scored both Cresap and Dowdy to give the Gators a six-run cushion at 8-2.

The first seven batters in the seventh reached base for Charleston Southern as they tied the game at eight. The first two walked, then Billy Dalton and Haar each drove in a run with singles. A Gator error scored another run and two other Buccaneers runners crossed home plate on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Three UF pitchers were used in the inning as Tommy Boss came on and retired three straight hitters to douse any further damage. Boss threw three innnings and gave up two hits, one run while striking out two.

For UF, Tordi had three hits and scored three times while Haar had three hits and scored three times for the Bucs.

 

 

NOTES

  • UF is 12-2 on the date of February 12
  • The Gators are off to their 21st 3-0 start in school history.
  • Justin Tordi hit his first career home run in the bottom of the fourth for Florida.
  • Gators are averaging 15.67 runs per game through three games.
  • The Gators have never lost to Charleston Southern in the seven meetings with the Buccaneers.
  • UF used seven pitchers in the game, the most since they used nine March 26, 2002 vs. Army

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