Erickson set down the first 15 Gators he faced before senior Jon Townsend walked and sophomore Hampton Tignor delivered a one-out double for the visitor's initial hit. After UF closed to within 7-4 on a two-run homer in the seventh by sophomore Jonathan Pigott, the hosts added an insurance run in the eighth to secure the victory in the opener of a three-game series.
The Hurricanes began the scoring with four unearned runs in the second
inning off sophomore Kyle Mullaney (0-1). Junior
Dave DiNatale led off by being hit by a pitch, stole second and scored
when junior Adan Severino's grounder was misplayed by sophomore Clayton
Pisani. A sacrifice bunt by sophomore Ryan Jackson
advanced Severino and a fly ball by sophomore Jason Hagerty (3-for-4)
moved his teammate to third with two down. Junior Blake Tekotte
(3-for-4) delivered an RBI single up the middle and junior Jemile Weeks
followed with a two-run homer, his second of the campaign, to provide
the Hurricanes with a 4-0 lead.
Miami loaded the bases with two out in the fourth before Mullaney fanned
freshman pinch hitter Iden Nazario on a 3-2 pitch. Hagerty opened the
frame with a base-hit up the middle and was sacrificed over by Tekotte.
Back-to-back two-out walks to junior Yonder Alonso and sophomore Mark Sobolewski filled the sacks full of Hurricanes and Mullaney responded
with his fourth K to keep the Gators down by four.
The Hurricanes tacked on three more runs in the fifth on consecutive RBI
doubles by Jackson and Hegarty and a wild pitch to build a 7-0
advantage. Severino drew a one-out walk and scored on Jackson's third
double of the year. A throwing error by sophomore Cole Figueroa
on the play enabled Jackson to take third and ended
the night for Mullaney. Over 4.1 innings, the righty surrendered eight
hits and six runs (two earned) with four walks and four strikeouts.
Hagarty greeted sophomore reliever Clint Franklin with
his first two-bagger of '08 down the right-field line, moved to second
on a pop-up by Tekotte and came racing home on an errant pitch.
Erickson cruised through the first five innings before Townsend walked
on four pitches to begin the sixth. Tignor broke up the left-hander's
no-hit bid with a one-out double to right center for a pair of runners
in scoring position and sophomore Buddy Munroe came
through with a pinch-hit infield single to put UF on the board. After a
fielder's choice by Pisani plated Tignor, Erickson rebounded to whiff
Figueroa and had senior Brandon McArthur line out to
Weeks to strand the runners.
Pigott connected on his first round-tripper of the season with Townsend
aboard in the seventh to narrow the Gators' deficit to 7-4. Erickson had
retired the first two batters before Townsend sliced a single into right
field. Pigott stepped to the dish and cranked a 1-0 offering over the
wall in left center, ending Erickson's night on the hill. On 6.2
innings, the lefty totaled nine K and allowed four hits.
Hagerty and Tekotte started the home part of the eighth with singles and
a walk to Weeks filled the sacks, prompting a pitching change. Sophomore
Tony Davis replaced Franklin (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and
gave up a sacrifice fly to Alonso to complete the scoring.
The duo of sophomore Kyle Bellamy (1.1 IP, three K) and junior Carlos Gutierrez (1.0 IP, 1 K) held the Gators hitless over the final 2.1
frames to preseHagerty and Tekotte were each 3-for-4. Junior Patrick Keating
(Harrisburg, Ill.) (1-0, 0.00) will oppose UM senior Enrique Garcia
(0-0, 2.25) in game two of the series on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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