After the Gators had tied the game with four-straight hits off senior reliever Jared Bradford (1-3), sophomore Buddy Munroe launched a three-run homer to left field to put the Orange and Blue on top. UF matched a season-high by sending 11 batters to the plate in the seventh and totaled seven hits.
Sophomore right-hander Billy Bullock (3-2) allowed 10 hits
and four runs (two earned) over seven innings to collect the win, while
senior Josh Edmondson notched his first save by striking
out freshman Leon Landry with a pair of Tigers aboard to end the game.
"I thought their left-hander (Blake Martin) did a really nice job," head
coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "He kept us off-balance, and I think our
swings were a little bit long but we were able to hang in there. The
winning team scored more runs in one inning than the losing team scored
in the entire game. We were fortunate to put up six runs in the seventh
and Buddy (Munroe) came up with a big three-run homer there. I don't
care if we win 1-0 or 10-9 because every win counts."
Prior to UF's seventh turn at bat, Bradford took over for Martin, who
had surrendered four hits and two runs with five strikeouts over six
innings. Senior Dustin Bamberg greeted the righty
with his first double of the year and senior Jon Townsend
laced a single through the right side. Senior Brandon McArthur delivered an RBI single into left field to score Bamberg and
alertly moved to second on the relay for two men in scoring position
before sophomore Matt den Dekker tied the game
with an infield hit. Munroe cleared the bases with a three-run shot over
the fence in left for a 7-4 margin that ended Bradford's time on the
hill. Sophomores Jonathan Pigott and Cole Figueroa
had consecutive one-out singles off freshman Jordan Nicholson, prompting another pitching change. Figueroa stole second and
an errant throw by sophomore catcher Sean Ochinko enabled Pigott to
score the eighth run.
Down to its final three outs, LSU loaded the bases with one down. Junior
Derek Helenihi singled through the left side off sophomore Clint
Franklin and sophomore Blake Dean walked before a
fielder's choice by junior Matt Gaudet forced Dean at second for the
first out. Sophomore Tony Davis replaced Franklin
(1.1 IP, 2 R, 1 R) and yielded an infield single to junior Matt Clark to
fill the bags. Edmondson came out of the pen and had Ochinko ground out
to Townsend at third, enabling Dean to come across. Although a throwing
error by Townsend left runners on the corners and the Tigers trailing by
three runs, Edmondson fanned Landry on three pitches to seal the
Figueroa had belted a solo shot with two down in the first to begin the
scoring. His third round-tripper marked the 13th time this season
Florida has scored in the first frame and 14 of the squad's 26 homers
this year have come with two outs.
Gaudet evened the game in the third with a two-out single up the middle
off Bullock. Sophomore Ryan Schimpf opened the stanza with a base-hit
and moved over to second on a grounder by Helenihi. Gaudet stroked a 1-2
offering into center for a 1-1 score.
Helenihi provided the Tigers with a 3-1 lead with a bases-loaded,
two-run double in the fourth. Ochinko reached on a fielding error by
Figueroa and took second on Bullock's first balk of the season. Freshman
DJ LeMahieu had an infield single with two down arunners aboard before Schimpf drew a walk. Helenihi smacked a double
into left to drive in Ochinko and LeMahieu, but Schimpf was nailed at
the dish on a relay from Figueroa to Munroe.
Bullock worked out of a jam in the fifth after the Tigers had runners on
the corners with one out. Gaudet earned a free pass and took third on a
single into right field by Clark. Bullock rebounded to have Ochinko fly
out to shallow center field and induced a ground ball by Landry that
forced Clark at second base.
den Dekker pulled Florida within 3-2 in the bottom of the inning with
his third homer. His one-out homer cleared the right-field fence. Clark
later jacked his team-leading 11th dinger with two down in the seventh
off Bullock for a two-run LSU advantage.
LSU out-hit Florida, 13-12, as Clark was 3-for-5 and the trio of
Helenihi (2-for-5, two RBI), junior Nicholas Pontiff (2-for-4) and
LeMahieu (2-for-3) registered multiple-hit outings. den Dekker went
3-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice and both Bamberg and Figueroa were
2-for-4 for UF. The teams will meet again Saturday at 4 p.m., with
junior Patrick Keating (3-0, 2.92) expected to take
the mound for the Gators against a pitcher to be announced.
Courtesy UF Sports Information
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