BASEBALL: Gators rout Harvard 17-6

For those of you driving near McKethan Stadium this weekend- the loud pinging sound wasn't rocks from the 2nd Avenue construction bouncing off of your rims- it was the Gators bats finally heating up. Yes, Florida officially welcomed the Crimson to Gainesville with a 17-6 shellacking of the Ivy League school. The Gators (14-6) racked up 18 hits, seven of which were doubles, the most for the team since May 7, 2002 against South Florida.

Harvard manager Joe Walsh had to be humming, "Ordinary, Average Guy" after this one. The Crimson looked all too average. Harvard pitchers Javier Castellanos, Matt Brunnig, and Mike Dukovich were touched for all 18 hits and 17 runs in the first 5.2 innings of the game. Each of Walsh's trips to the mound resembled yet another forthcoming sacrifice until he got to Morgan Brown. By then of course, the Gators, leading 17-4 were full.

"I'm just an ordinary average guy, My friends are all boring, And so am I"

Brandon McArthur, Adam Davis, and Brian Leclerc led Florida with three hits apiece. McArthur went three for five with four RBI's. He had just set his career RBI mark of four in Friday night's game. He matched it again today hitting from the clean-up spot.

"They (teammates) were giving me a hard time about being in the four hole and stuff like that," McArthur said. "I went from eight or nine to up in the four hole, but luckily, I was able to get those chances and get the job done."

He finished the series with an uplifting 6-14 (.429) hitting with 10 RBI's. He raised his average to .246 from .214 today.

McArthur was equally impressive defensively today at third base. He gathered a sharply hit ball stepped on the bag and threw to first doubling up the runner in top of the fourth. He reeled in a hard groundball and made the throw to first in time for the final out in the fifth inning. Not bad at all considering there was no water to wet the field down.

"Throughout the fall we had been practicing with no water on the infield," he said. "Luckily, we were able to get adjusted to that taking infield and we'd be playing without water. Just getting back over there and getting more ground balls in practice and in the game has really helped."

"And every Saturday we work in the yard, Pick up the dog do, Hope that it's hard (whaf whaf)"

Davis went three for four, with two for doubles, and scored a game high four runs. He also walked twice. In the series, Davis collected five free passes. He and his teammates had been bogged down in an offensive slump. That was

"It was real frustrating," Davis stated, "It was frustrating for everybody. It was frustrating for the pitchers knowing that they can't give up one or two runs. It's good to see everybody swinging it and get a little rhythm here."

"I struggled there," he added. "I've got to keep squaring up balls. I can't be so concerned with the results. I have to be worried about making good swings and having good at bats."

Brian Leclerc has become the Gators go-to man offensively. Leclerc, who leads the team with a .343 average, went three for five with three RBI's and a pair of runs scored. He was the leading hitter in this series. The right fielder collected 6-12 (.500) hits with six RBI's and six runs scored.

Coach Pat McMahon opted to get a lot of work from unproven pitchers today. Coach Mac started Kris Gawriluk, who gave up six hits and three earned runs in three innings of work. The transfer from Daytona Beach Community College gave up a run in the second and two in the third before he was relieved in the fourth by lefthander David Hurst.

Hurst (1-0) picked up the victory for the Gators. He allowed two hits and no runs, while walking none.

McMahon also had an opportunity to see southpaws Patrick Thompson and Stephen Porter. Neither were outstanding, but held the Crimson (0-3) in check. Florida also got in some much needed work for Darren O'Day and Josh Edmondson. The submariners combined to pitch three scoreless innings. O'Day allowed two hits and each of them gave up a walk.

"My friend's got a Chrysler, I've got a Dodge, We're just ordinary average guys"

Brian Jeroloman, Chris Petrie, and Stephen Barton collected two hit each. Barton and Petrie are coming along with their offensive play. Barton went two for five with three RBI's and three runs scored. Jeroloman was two for two with three walks. Petrie is now hitting .308.

The Gators will travel to Orlando on Tuesday to play the University of Central Florida (9-9). Florida will return home to face Western Division foe Arkansas for the start of conference play this weekend at The Mac.

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