Gator News And World Report (05/27/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, May 27, 2004. Tucker's triple lifts UF; Gators take another tight one; LaPorta's power has been on display; Forget summer, fall into football; LSU's sloppy play helps Florida smile;

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Tucker's triple lifts UF
Gators third baseman takes advantage of LSU tactical error in 10th inning.

Gators Topple LSU In SEC Tourney Opener
Jonathan Tucker opened the 10th inning with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to lift Florida to a 5-4 victory against LSU on Wednesday in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Gators take another tight one
Florida frequently simulates close, late-inning situations in practice. Coach Pat McMahon begins such scrimmages with the score tied in the seventh inning and plays them out.

LaPorta's power has been on display
Florida freshman Matt LaPorta was supposed to be one of the next great Gator sluggers. Lately, he's shown why.

LSU's sloppy play helps Florida smile
LSU may have a lot of in-state TOPS scholarship award winners on its baseball team, but the Tigers played anything but smart in a 5-4 loss to Florida on Wednesday in the opener of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Triple, wild pitch boost Florida past LSU
As duels go, this turned out to be an inglorious way to end one.

Gators work overtime, face Vanderbilt next
Jonathan Tucker scored the winning run on a wild pitch as No. 6-seed Florida nipped No. 3 LSU 5-4 in 10 innings in Wednesday's first game. The Gators (39-18) advanced to face Vanderbilt at 5 p.m. today in a winner's bracket clash.

UF wins opener at SEC tourney
If postseason baseball is historically played more intensely and results in closer contests than its regular season counterpart, then the UF baseball team had prepared itself for what the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament brought with it since the season's first pitch.

LSU falls in 10 innings to Gators
Third baseman Jonathan Tucker scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch after tripling to lead off the 10th inning as No. 21 Florida edged third-ranked LSU, 5-4, in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

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Forget summer, fall into football
The century mark approaches. There are 102 days and counting to the start of the college football season. At least Kentucky's part in it.

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