BASEBALL: Noles down Gators 9-4

Timely extra base hits were the difference as Florida State defeated Florida 9-4 before 5,483 at McKeithan Stadium Tuesday night. Four of the Seminoles 12 hits went for extra bases, and those hits contributed six RBI's for Florida State who took the series, two games to one, with tonight's victory.

The Seminoles (38-14) picked up key hits from Gainesville native Ryan Malone, who iced the game with his two-run double in the ninth and a two-run home run by designated hitter Brant Peacher in the fourth.

Florida (31-13) failed to fully capitalize on their opportunities in the fourth and eighth innings, as the Gators scored only one run in each of those innings.

For the fourth game in a row, the opponent scored first against the Gators. Florida starter Stephen Locke walked FSU leadoff hitter Shane Robinson to begin the game. The 5'7 waterbug scored with two outs on catcher Aaron Cheesman's single to center field.

Florida State added a run in the second. Locke walked Peacher, who scored on right fielder Jack Rye's double down the right field line. Rye attempted to take third on the play. However, Florida right fielder Brian LeClerc hit cut off man Adam Davis, who gunned down Rye with a picture perfect throw to third baseman Brandon McArthur.

The Gators tied things up in the bottom of the second. First baseman Matt LaPorta led off with the single to left. He moved to second on a fielder's choice by Brian LeClerc ans scored on McArthur's triple down the right field line. It was the first triple given up by the Seminoles this season. McArthur then scored on Brian Jeroloman's slow grounder to third.

Peacher's two out, two run home run in the fourth off Locke gave the ‘Noles a lead in which they would never relinquish.

The Gators had two men on the fourth. Jeroloman delivered an RBI single, but Justin Tordi couldn't continue the two out rally as he flew out to right.

Florida had their best opportunity in the eighth, as five Gators (Gavin Dickey, Adam Davis, LaPorta, LeClerc, and McArthur) each singled in a row. However, Dickey was caught stealing and Jeroloman ended the inning just missing a curve ball on a strikeout.

The Seminoles scored three runs in the ninth to pull away. Former Oak hall star Ryne Malone ripped a two out double to the dreaded right field line, which scored two Seminoles. One batter later, Gibbs Chapman drove a single into right for the ninth run of the game.

Former Bay High School star Mark Sauls (5-1) picked up the victory. Sauls pitched 5.1 innings giving up just three runs and five hits.

The Gators travel to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas this weekend in a key SEC series.

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