BASEBALL: Vandy hammers Gators 16-2

Left hander Cody Crowell (4-0) proved once again to be too much for SEC hitters as he remained unbeaten in conference play. Meanwhile, Florida has yet to find a reliable third starter as the Gators suffered through another Sunday, Bloody Sunday. This time the Gators were hammered 16-2 at McKethan Stadium.

Florida (19-13, 3-6) has yielded 44 runs in three SEC Sunday contests, an absurd 14.6 runs per game average. Vanderbilt jumped on top of the Gators scoring all 16 runs in the first five innings. It's become an ongoing theme. Last weekend, South Carolina lit Florida up with 10 runs in the second inning. Arkansas scored five in the top of the first and added two more in the second before the Gators stormed back for an 8-7 ninth inning come from behind victory.

The Florida offense was never given a chance to figure out Crowell- even if given the chance. The sophomore was pitching with confidence as the Commodores offense laid waste to Florida starter David Hurst, who gave up five hits and two earned runs in 2.1 innings. Hurst (1-1) was relieved by Josh Edmondson, Andy Gale, and Patrick Keating who combined to give up 11 hits and 10 earned runs in 2.2 innings.

It was also another woeful defensive effort by the Gators who committed four errors.

Vanderbilt (19-9, 7-2) played a game reminiscent of last years' Florida team- sound pitching, an aggressive offense, and solid defense. The Commodores pitching should carry them far in their Eastern division title hopes. Crowell was outstanding. He allowed a first inning double to shortstop Adam Davis and subsequently kept Florida idle. Crowell didn't allow a Florida hit until Chris Petrie's single with one out in the fifth. He fanned nine Florida hitters, including Brian Jeroloman, Austin Pride, and Chris Petrie twice each.

Once the Gators managed to piece together some of their ten hits, it didn't matter as they were unable to move the runners leaving ten on base in the game.

The Gators scored two runs in the sixth when Davis led off with another double and moved to third on Matt LaPorta's ground out to short. Catcher Brian Jeroloman hit a bouncer to second that scored Davis, as the Gators trailed 16-1. Third baseman David cash hit a two-out single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Right fielder Austin Pride followed with a double two pitches later that scored Cash for the Gators only other run.

Florida was led at the plate by the surging Adam Davis. Davis went four for five with a pair of doubles. Petrie was the only other Florida player who collected more than one hit. Petrie went two for four with a double. Of the Gators ten hits, four were doubles.

Florida will play again against North Florida on Tuesday in Jacksonville. They travel to Lexington to take on up and coming Kentucky (22-6, 5-3) this weekend. The Sunday score of the rubber match between Kentucky and Auburn from the Plains was unavailable.


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