Spottswood, Gators Shut Down UNC-G, 2-1

Florida freshman Chas Spottswood limited UNC Greensboro to three hits and a run over six innings and sophomore Brandon McArthur snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out RBI single in the sixth to lift the 13th-ranked Gators to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. It was a night of firsts for Florida (10-6), as Spottswood (1-0) was victorious in his collegiate starting debut and sophomore Josh Edmondson collected his first save.

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"It was another great baseball game tonight," said Coach Pat McMahon. "Chas (Spottswood) pitched very well for us, and I was excited to see a freshman throw a terrific game like he did. Our approach was better, we had timely hits and showed good composure out there."

Florida had a golden chance to open the scoring in the second, as junior Brian Jeroloman and Gavin Dickey were hit by senior Jonathan Nichols to start the frame. The right-hander worked out of the jam by having sophomore Matt Gaski ground into a 4-6-3 double play and McArthur tap out to third.

A bases-loaded grounder in the third by junior Austin Pride gave the Gators a 1-0 lead. Senior Chris Woods reached on an error to start things off and junior Adam Davis followed with a single into left center off rookie reliever Greg Martin. Senior Stephen Barton laid down a bunt to advance the runners and junior Brian Leclerc was walked intentionally. Pride's grounder to short scored Woods but Martin had Jeroloman fly out to center to strand the runners.

The Spartans tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth on an RBI grounder by junior Guy Welsh. Sophomore Greg Feltes had smashed a leadoff double off Spottswood and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jermaine Mitchell before Welsh drove him in.

In the bottom of the inning, McArthur came through with a two-out single off senior Patrick Currin (1-2) to bring across Jeroloman with the eventual winning run. After Jeroloman poked his third double of the season, the reliever retired Dickey and Gaski on back-to-back lineouts.

Junior David Hurst took over for Spottswood at the outset of the seventh and put down the first five Spartans he faced before Feltes singled. The southpaw then had Mitchell pop up to center for the last out in the top of the eighth. The two-inning stint matched the longest of Hurst's Gator career, originally set against Missouri on Feb. 24, and he notched two strikeouts.

Edmondson entered the game in the ninth and induced a foul pop up by Welsh before junior Greg Matson reached on a throwing error. The right-hander had sophomore Adam Deleo ground into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play to close the game.

McArthur was 2-for-3 as Florida out-hit UNC Greensboro, 5-4. UF will send freshman J.K. LaCoste to the hill in tomorrow's series finale at 6:30 p.m. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 1.80 earned run average.

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