Junior Trent Kline snapped a 6-6 tie with a two-run homer in the 11th as No. 4 South Carolina (26-7/7-5 SEC) claimed the rubber match of its weekend series at No. 22 Florida (20-15/8-4 SEC), 8-6, on Easter Sunday at McKethan Stadium.
Travis Jones (4-for-5, five RBI) tied the game with a three-run blast in the
ninth and had a run-scoring single in the 10th for the Gamecocks. He was
10-for-12 (.833) with 11 RBI over the three games, including a pair of homers
this afternoon, and socked five four-baggers versus the Gators.
the 11th, junior Harley Lail drew a leadoff walk
from senior Steven Porter (
) (0-2) and was sacrificed into scoring position on a bunt by sophomore
James Darnell. Kline then cranked an 0-2 pitch into
the left-field bleachers for his fifth home run to provide the winning margin.
Senior Jeff Jeffords (3-0) threw a career-high 6.2 innings of relief to secure
the victory. The right-hander faced 26 batters, allowed three hits and an
surrendering Jones' home run with one down in the ninth and the Gators up 5-2,
junior Josh Edmondson
) retired the Gamecocks' first two batters in the 10th. Sophomore Andrew
Crisp legged out an infield hit to short and senior Cheyne
Hurst was hit by a pitch to bring up Jones. The junior looped an RBI single into
shallow left field to score Crisp from second to give the visitors a 6-5 lead.
throwing error with two down in the bottom of the stanza by third baseman
Darnell enabled the Gators to tie the game. Junior Jon
) poked a one-out single off Jeffords and senior Matt
) potential game-ending grounder was thrown away, allowing Townsend to score
from first base with the tying run and LaPorta to
occupy third. After a walk to freshman Cole
) and a stolen base, senior Brian
) walked to load the sacks. Jeffords rebounded to have sophomore Cody
) fly out to right to bring UF's number of
runners stranded to 15.
put the Gamecocks on the board in the first with a solo shot off freshman Billy
). His ninth round-tripper of the year came with one down and landed just
beyond the left-field fence.
grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame on a two-out RBI single by Leclerc.
Townsend led off with a double to left center but was
picked off second base. Sophomore Avery
) punched a base-hit into right and LaPorta drew
a walk from freshman Blake Cooper. The right-hander uncorked a wild pitch to
move both runners into scoring position. A groundout by Figueroa brought across
Barnes and Leclerc's base-knock into shallow right
Gators loaded the bases with two down in the third but could not push anything
across. LaPorta raised his hitting streak to 11
games with a single to start the inning and Figueroa earned a free pass.
Although Leclerc smoked a ball just beyond the reach
of sophomore shortstop Reese Havens, the infielder alertly picked up the ball
and threw LaPorta out at third. Neer
flew out to center, advancing Figueroa, and Leclerc
raced down to second when a pickoff attempt went down to third. Junior Bryson
) walked to load the bases and Cooper worked out of the jam by having senior
Chris Petrie (
) ground out to second.
greeted sophomore reliever Alex Farotto with a
two-out double in the fourth to give
a 3-1 lead. Freshman Matt den Dekker (
) drew a leadoff walk and stole second with one down for his second theft of
the afternoon. den Dekker moved to third on Barnes'
roller to first and LaPorta was given a free pass
intentionally for the 12th time this year. Farotto
replaced Cooper (3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 6 BB) and Figueroa
roped a 3-2 pitch into left center for his fifth two-bagger.
belted his seventh homer of the year with one down in the fifth to pull
within 3-2 and end the day for Bullock. Over 4.1 innings, the righty
yielded six hits and two runs with one strikeout.
the benefit of a hit, the Gators built a three-run lead with two runs in the
home part of the inning. Senior Austin
) drew a pinch-hit walk with one out, moved into scoring position with his
fifth stolen base and went to third when the relay throw landed in center field.
A walk to Petrie gave the Gators runners on the corners and den Dekker's
fielder's choice plated Pride and left UF with two men aboard as Petrie eluded
the tag by Jones running to second. A free pass to Townsend loaded the bases and
Barnes' base on balls resulted in a 5-2 score and a pitching change. Jeffords
took over for Farotto (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 4
BB) and had LaPorta ground into an inning-ending
1-2-3 double play.
later tied the game in the ninth with a three-run homer off Edmondson. Junior
Phil Disher opened with a single and moved to second
on a sacrifice bunt by Crisp. A pinch-hit single by freshman Kyle Enders left
USC with runners on the corners and prompted a pitching change. Edmondson came
in for Hurst (4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 K) and Jones launched a 2-2 pitch over the
wall in center to knot the game at five runs apiece. Edmondson had Havens ground
out before permitting back-to-back singles by Lail
and Darnell. The righty had Kline fly out to strand
held an 18-10 advantage in hits, as the top six hitters in the lineup had two
apiece and Jones matched his career best of four hits. Barnes and Townsend were
each 2-for-5 for
, which left 16 runners on base. The Gators return to action on Tuesday night
when they host UCF at 6:30 p.m. UF handled the Golden Knights, 10-3, in