With the sacks full and one down, Figueroa sent a 2-1 pitch from junior reliever P.J. Fisher over the wall in left for his first round-tripper of the season. Sophomore Clint Franklin (1-0) threw two scoreless innings to record his first collegiate win, while junior Stephen Locke yielded one hit over the final two frames without allowing a run to help UF salvage the weekend finale. The Hurricanes had captured the first two games of the series, 8-4 and 8-5.
With the contest tied in the eighth, senior Jon Townsend
legged out a leadoff bunt off sophomore Alex Koronis (0-1), who had
struck out the side in the seventh after taking over for freshman Chris Hernandez (6.0 IP, 2 H, 7 K). Sophomore Hampton Tignor
advanced his teammate into scoring position with a sac bunt and prompted
a pitching change. With Fisher now on the hill, sophomore Matt den
Dekker reached on sophomore third baseman Mark Sobolewski's second error of the day and freshman Josh Adams
followed with another bunt single to load the bases
with one down and set the stage for Figueroa's heroics.
The Hurricanes seemed poised to open the scoring in the first inning
against freshman right-hander Tommy Toledo with runners on
the corners and one down. Junior Blake Tekotte drew a leadoff walk,
stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by sophomore
catcher Buddy Munroe. Following a walk to junior Yonder Alonso, Toledo had Sobolewski ground into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double
A two-out error by UM in the second on a ball hit by sophomore Clayton
Pisani to third base enabled senior Dustin Bamberg
to score from second with the game's initial run.
Bamberg had drawn a walk with one down and moved to second on a wild
pitch by Hernandez. Toledo worked out of another jam in the bottom of
the frame after yielding a leadoff walk to freshman Joey Terdoslavich
and a base-hit into left by junior Dave DiNatale. The righty had junior
Adan Severino fly out and induced a ground ball from sophomore Ryan Jackson that third baseman Townsend converted into a double play.
Tekotte evened the score in the third on his first homer of the
campaign, a shot with one down that cleared the 330-foot mark in right
field. Miami threatened again in the fifth, as Severino poked a leadoff
single and was sacrificed to second by Jackson. A flyout to right by
Yasmani Grandal pushed his teammate to third before Toledo scooped up
Tekotte's grounder and threw over to senior Brandon McArthur to retire the side.
After being held hitless into the sixth by Hernandez, the Gators used an
RBI double into the left-field corner by Adams to take a 2-1 lead. den
Dekker had come through with UF's first hit with a one-out infield
single to second base and scored all the way from first on Adams' second
Miami knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the frame on an RBI
grounder by Terdoslavich. Junior Jemile Weeks started things off with a
double off the wall in right center to end the afternoon for Toledo, who
scattered four hits, gave up two runs, walked three and collected a pair
of strikeouts over five innings. Sophomore Tony Davis walked the lone batter he faced, Alonso, and was replaced by
Franklin. The Hurricanes executed a double steal for runners on second
and third and Franklin responded with a strikeout pitch. Terdoslavich worked the count to 3-2 and grounded out to McArthur
to bring in Weeks with the tying run. Franklin kept the affair
deadlocked by having last night's hero, DiNatale, ground out to Pisani.
UF held a slim 6-5 advantage in hits, with Adams going 2-for-4, and
turned a season-high three double plays. The Gators will begin a
season-high 10-game homestand at McKethan Stadium on Tuesday when they
host Campbell (3-3) at 6:30 p.m. in the opener of a two-game series.
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