Three Jacksonville pitchers held No. 6/5/7 Florida to a season-low four hits as the host Dolphins registered a 7-2 victory Wednesday evening at Alexander Brest Field. The loss drops Florida to 24-7 overall while Jacksonville improves to 15-15.
Jacksonville pitchers Kris Regas, Ryan Courson and Bryan Williams limited UF to four hits and a season-low one walk. Regas (2-5) earned the win after throwing the first 5.0 innings. He allowed four hits, two runs (both earned) and struck out four batters. Ryan Courson pitched the middle 3.0 innings, struck out three batters and allowed no hits and Bryan Williams pitched the final inning.
"You have to give Jacksonville credit," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "They pitched extremely well and pitched to advantage counts. We didn't get the game under control at the plate and we didn't do a good job from an offensive perspective. It's frustrating."
Jacksonville grabbed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning using a three-run home run by Alex Jamieson and an error to take its lead. Jamieson launched his three-run home run over the left field fence after Josh Johnson and Chad Oliva reached base on consecutive singles. A freshman catcher, Jamieson replaced JU starting catcher Juan Menendez in the middle of the first inning after Menendez took a foul ball off the back of his hand. JU chased UF starter Matt Foster after Rob Hudson tripled to center field.
JU went up 5-1 in the second inning when B.J. Weed reached base on a third strike wild pitch, advanced to third on Josh Johnson's bloop single to center field and scored on Chad Oliva's RBI single to third base.
Brian Rose's double down the left field line drove in Matt Goss from first base to give UF its first run of the evening. The Gators scored their second run in the fourth on a walk and steal to Aaron Davidson and Brian Rose RBI single. That made it 5-2 Jacksonville.
But JU's Chad Hauseman blasted a solo home run in the fifth to go up 6-2. The Dolphins added a run and took a 7-2 lead in the eighth on Chris Reier's RBI ground out.
Florida is back in action this weekend for a three-game SEC series at No. 11/9/5 Alabama. Game times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.