Freshman right-hander Tommy Toledo (2-0) worked five innings for the third-straight start and limited the Bears to two hits and a run. UF (10-3) sent nine batters to plate in both the first and second frames, finished with nine walks and capitalized on a season-high five errors by Brown. Sophomore center fielder Matt den Dekker (2-for-5, three runs) and senior third baseman Jon Townsend (2-for-4) drove in three runs apiece.
"Everyone has been working hard," Toledo said. "It was definitely a
learning experience for us this weekend. Yesterday we came out
struggling, but today we came out stronger and with more intensity. Nine
runs in the first two innings from my teammates made it easier for me to
pitch ahead and let the defense do the work."
The Gators reached BU freshman starter Matthew Kimball (0-1) for four
runs on four hits and two walks in the opening frame. Junior Avery
Barnes (1-for-3, three runs, three walks) had an
11-pitch at bat and drew a leadoff walk and freshman Josh Adams
(two runs, two walks) singled before sophomore Cole
Figueroa stroked an RBI single into left field to
extend his hitting streak to seven games and help UF draw first blood
for the first time in the series. den Dekker cleared the bases with a
two-run double for a 3-0 lead for a seven-game hitting streak and
alertly scored on senior Brandon McArthur's fly ball to
left field when Bear junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo committed an error on
Florida continued to pile up the offense in the second, plating five
more runs to take a 9-0 lead. Kimball was replaced on the mound by
freshman Josh Feit, who was hurt by two errors that lead to four
unearned runs. After Barnes drew a walk and stole second, Figueroa
reached on Nuzzo's second error of the day to give the Gators runners on
the corners. den Dekker smashed a single that hit Feit and scored Barnes
with the fifth run. Another miscue by Nuzzo allowed McArthur to reach
and Figueroa to come across and sophomore Clayton Pisani
rifled his fourth two-bagger down the left-field line to drive in den
Dekker. Townsend then stroked a two-RBI single into left to balloon the
margin to 9-0.
Brown's fourth error resulted in a 10-0 lead for the home team in the
third. Freshman Mark Gormley came out of the bullpen for Feit (1.0 IP, 3
H, 5 R, 1 ER) and was greeted by a leadoff single from Barnes. A walk to
Adams left two runners aboard and den Dekker's fielder's choice erased
Adams. However, a throwing mistake by rookie second baseman Ryan Zrenda
allowed Barnes to score for the third time.
The Bears got on the board in the fourth with a two-out single into
center by Zrenda. Freshman Matt Colantonio had drawn a one-out walk and
occupied second on a wild pitch from Toledo.
Redshirt freshman Riley Cooper delivered a pinch-hit
RBI double for his first career hit in the sixth and Townsend added a
two-out run-scoring single to boost UF's margin to 12-1. den Dekker had
reached on an error and swiped both second and third before Cooper came
through with the Gators' third double. Townsend notched his third RBI of
the day and sixth of the series with a two-out single to score McArthur.
Sophomore Matt Boylan relieved Gormley (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER) in the
seventh and walked the bases loaded as Barnes, Adams and Figueroa each
strolled to first. After a fielder's choice by den Dekker forced Barnes
at home, senior Peter Moskal entered tbut then issued a free pass to McArthur for a 13-1 count. After being
held hitless by senior Josh Edmondson and sophomore Kyle
Mullaney for three innings, the Bears had two hits
and scored a run off junior Michael Branham in the ninth
to finalize the 13-2 margin. Branham's stint was his first appearance
since April 2, 2006, versus Vanderbilt.
Eight different players contributed to the Gators' total of 11 hits and
the Orange and Blue swiped five bases. Florida will return to action on
Tuesday by hosting Florida Gulf Coast at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles are 11-2
overall and are 5-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference after sweeping
Gardner-Webb in a three-game series this weekend.
Courtesy UF Sports Information
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