Florida leads ‘Cats 5-4 in suspended game

Lightning and heavy rains forced the suspension of the SEC Eastern Division game between Kentucky and Florida in Gainesville. The Gators led 5-4 going into the top of the sixth.

The Wildcats had little trouble getting to Florida starter Bryan Ball (5-1), who had been simply outstanding. Ball and Kentucky starter Scott Green had trouble adjusting to the umpire's strike zone. It was rather tight, but (at times) seemingly expanded, while others times not so much. Ball has already walked three batters, a new high for the season.

The ‘Cats jumped on Ball scoring two runs in the first inning. Kentucky leadoff hitter J.B Schmidt walked. He scored on center fielder Antone DeJesus' triple. Right fielder Shaun Lehmann scored DeJesus on a grounder. Despite giving up another walk and a double, Ball settled down to strike out left fielder Colvin Cowgill, who he struck out three times thus far.

Kentucky scored again in the third. DeJesus singled to start the inning, and moved to second as Kevin Caldwell walked. Second baseman John Shelby singled home DeJesus, giving the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead.

Florida scored twice in the bottom of the third. Gavin Dickey was hit by a pitch and moved to third on Adam Davis' single. Dickey scored on Brian LeClerc's ground out. Davis moved to third on Justin Tordi's single to center, and scored as the center fielder's throwing error.

Kentucky's J.P. Lowen ripped a home run in the top of the fourth off of Ball. It was the fourth home run given up by Ball this season. The ‘Cats led 4-2.

The Gators rallied to score three times in the bottom half of the inning, and take the lead. Jeff Corsaletti walked with one out. Dickey singled. Corso scored on Davis' double. Dickey then scored on Matt LaPorta's fly ball to center. Davis gave the Gators the lead when he scored on LeClerc's single. Florida lead for the first time in the game 5-4.

The lightening and rains came after neither team scored in the fifth. Play will resume tomorrow at 2pm with the Wildcats batting in the top of the sixth inning.


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