All nine Gator starters contributed at least one hit to the squad's 17-hit outburst, with junior Avery Barnes a perfect 3-for-3 with four runs and starting pitcher sophomore Matt den Dekker was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI. The Orange and Blue notched season-high in doubles (five) and sacrifice flies (three) and also turned a season-best five double plays without committing any errors.
Senior reliever Josh Edmondson (1-0) matched a career
high with 4.1 innings (2 H, 3 K) for his first victory since March 24,
2007 at Auburn, while the UF bullpen tossed 6.1 scoreless innings. The
start of the contest was delayed for 26 minutes due to steady rains in
Campbell sent seven batters to the plate against den Dekker in the top
of the first and plated three runs on three hits. Sophomore Zach Johnson
led off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a passed
ball. Junior Brian Gana walked with one down and junior Ryan Hamme was
hit by a pitch to load the bases. After senior Mike Causey lofted a
sacrifice fly to center, senior Brandon Scott (3-for-3) and freshman
Ellis Lowe delivered consecutive run-scoring singles for a 3-0 lead.
Scott was thrown out at the plate as part of an attempted double steal
to end the frame.
In the bottom of the inning, the Gators responded with two runs off
sophomore Cody Raisch (0-1). Barnes started things off with a walk,
stole second and went to third on a single by den Dekker. Sophomore Cole
Figueroa (1-for-4, four RBI) collected his
team-leading 14th RBI with a fly ball to center and den Dekker moved
into scoring position with his fifth theft before senior Brandon
McArthur (2-for-4, two RBI, two runs) earned a free
pass. Freshman Josh Adams (2-for-4, three RBI) flew
out for runners on the corners and sophomore Jonathan Pigott extended his hitting streak to 13 games dating back to last
season with an RBI single into left field for a 3-2 score.
Figueroa moved UF in front with a two-out, two-run double off sophomore
reliever Hunter Ford in the second and McArthur followed with a triple
for a 5-3 lead. Previously, sophomore Buddy Munroe and
Barnes delivered back-to-back singles to end the night for Raisch (1.1
IP, 4 H, 4 R). Ford had den Dekker fly out to center for the second out
and appeared to have picked Barnes off first base but a mental mistake
on the relay enabled the hosts to have two men in scoring position.
Figueroa's third two-bagger of the year made it three-consecutive
multiple-RBI outings for the sophomore and McArthur plated his teammate
with his second triple down the right-field line.
The Fighting Camels loaded the sacks again in the third but came away
empty-handed. Junior Carlton Floyd walked and Gana singled before
Hamme's grounder resulted in a 5-4-3 double play because of runner
interference. Edmondson came out of the bullpen for den Dekker (2.2 IP,
5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K), walked Causey, uncorked a wild pitch to push Floyd
to third and then walked Scott. The righty worked out of the jam by
fanning Lowe. Sophomore Clayton Pisani expanded the
Gators' lead to 6-3 in the home part of the inning with a solo shot to
left field, his first round-tripper since Feb. 13, 2007 against Florida
Helped by a couple of Camel errors, UF tacked on three more runs in the
fourth to build a 9-3 advantage. Barnes led off with a base-hit to left
and came all the way around to score onyear. A throwing error by third baseman Hamme on McArthur's grounder
left two Gators in scoring position and Adams notched his first sac fly
to bring home den Dekker. Another throwing miscue by Hamme on Pigott's
grounder scored McArthur.
Florida tallied six runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter in
the seventh to take a commanding 15-3 lead. The six runs were the most
that the club has plated in a stanza this season. Senior Jon Townsend
drew a leadoff walk, Pisani singled and junior Teddy
Foster was hit by a pitch from sophomore Austin
Harris (0.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R) to fill the sacks. Barnes picked up his fourth
RBI of '08 with a free pass and senior Matt Martinez was summoned from
the pen. The lefty walked den Dekker and Figueroa's sac fly brought in
Foster with the 12th run. With runners on the corners, McArthur roped a
two-run double into the gap in left center and Adams followed with a
two-run single to right to balloon the margin to 15-3.
The hosts held a 17-8 edge in hits, with five doubles, a triple and a
homer. Five players turned in multiple-hit outings and four contributed
a pair of RBI or more. The Gators and Fighting Camels will wrap up the
set at 4 p.m. tomorrow. UF will send freshman RHP Travis Lawler (0-0, 12.27 ERA) to the hill against a Campbell pitcher
to be announced.
Courtesy UF Sports Information
Gators Overwhelm Campbell
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