Augenstein pitches Florida past Harvard 10-2

Sophomore Bryan Augenstein seemingly toyed with the Harvard lineup as they stepped into the batter's box Saturday. Solving his mix of fastballs, curveballs, and a splash of change-ups was an equation the Ivy Leaguers couldn't solve. The righthander, who fanned nine, led the Gators to a 10-2 victory on a beautiful spring afternoon of baseball before 1,217 at McKethan Stadium.

Augenstein (5-0) allowed only two hits, offered no walks, while plunking one through seven strong innings before allowing the Crimson to piece together three hits for a two-out rally in the eighth. Harvard was aided by a run scoring hit that should have been knocked down and kept in the infield by third baseman Brandon McArthur. He stayed ahead in the count throughout the day. Augenstein allowed five hits and two earned runs in eight innings.

"My mental approach coming into the season was to put my team into position to win every game," Augenstein said. "The hitting is coming along now. I'm starting to put the ball in the strike zone and let them defend behind me and they've been doing great."

"One thing that Bryan is working very hard to become a consistent performer," Coach Pat McMahon said afterward. "He did a great job of locating and keeping his pitch counts down today. I thought that he did a great job with some patterns."

Meanwhile, the Florida bats came alive as the Gators again roughed up the Crimson staff. Matt Gaski, Brian Leclerc, Stephen Barton, and Gavin Dickey each collected two hits, marking only the third time Florida hitters had hit for double digits since the opening weekend.

Dickey led off the third with a single up the middle. He moved to second on Gaski's sacrifice bunt and to third on Harvard starter Shawn Haviland's wild pitch. Haviland hit Adam Davis with a pitch, one of five Florida players battered by the Harvard staff today. Barton drilled a single into center scoring Dickey. Two batters later, McArthur pounded a single to right, driving in both Davis and Barton to give Florida a 3-0 lead.

The Gators scored a run in the fourth when Chris Petrie scored on Davis' RBI to centerfield.

The big inning today was the eighth, when the Gators scored four runs and turned a 6-2 advantage into a rout. Chris Woods dribbled a ball right in front of the plate that totally caught the battery off-guard. Leclerc pasted a double down the left field line scoring Woods, who was on his horse at the crack of the bat. After McArthur flied out to left field, the Crimson reliever Jason Brown nailed Brian Jeroloman and Austin Pride with back-to-back pitches thus loading the bases.

McMahon inserted pinch hitter Bryson Barber, who drilled a single into right scoring Leclerc. Dickey then reached on a fielders' choice scoring Jeroloman. Gaski then singled back to the mound, scoring Pride. Florida coasted in with a 10-2 victory.

The two teams will play the finale tomorrow at noon. Florida is expected to pitch right hander Kris Gawriluk.

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