Junior Bryce Massanari was 3-for-5 with four RBI, highlighted by a three-run homer, junior Gordon Beckham went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of runs and sophomore Joey Lewis was 3-for-5. Junior Trevor Holder (6-2) worked seven innings for the victory and senior Joshua Fields struck out all five batters he faced for his 12th save.
"(Trevor) Holder was outstanding," head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "He
threw 75 pitches through seven innings, while Billy (Bullock) threw 112
pitches in six innings. Holder threw a ton of first-pitch strikes and I
think Billy was 10 out of 32 for first-pitch strikes. We were behind in
the count and got into some hitters' counts and they really made us pay
"Billy wasn't commanding his secondary pitches like the slider and
change-up," O'Sullivan continued. "I think he threw 50 percent strikes,
which is hard to do against a good-hitting team like Georgia. We needed
him to move the ball in and out and change speeds and he just wasn't
able to do that."
The Bulldogs (29-12-1/15-3-1 SEC) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against
sophomore Billy Bullock (3-3) on a bases-loaded RBI single
by Massanari and a sac fly by freshman Lyle Allen. Senior Matt Olson and
Beckham had back-to-back singles before sophomore Rich Poythress walked
on four pitches to fill the sacks. Massanari sent a 2-0 offering into
right field and Allen flew out to right to give UGA a quick lead.
Georgia plated four runs on six hits in the third to build a 6-0 lead.
Olson led off with his sixth homer to right field and Beckham smacked
his 15th double before Poythress had a base-hit for runners on the
corners. Massanari bashed his fifth round-tripper to clear the bases for
a six-run margin. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one down, as Lewis
singled, sophomore Matt Cerione doubled and sophomore Michael Demperio
walked. Bullock worked out of further trouble by having senior Ryan
Piesel ground into an inning-ending double play.
An RBI single by sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) put the
Gators on the board in the fourth off Holder. Junior Avery Barnes started the frame with a double down the left-field line
and moved to third on sophomore Matt den Dekker's
grounder. Figueroa stroked a base-knock into right to drive in Barnes
and freshman Josh Adams came through with a hit for
two runners aboard with one out. Holder induced a grounder by senior
Brandon McArthur that resulted in a 6-4-3 double play.
Beckham's second double of the game provided Georgia with a 7-1
advantage in the sixth. Peisel had doubled to begin the inning and
Beckham ripped a two-bagger to the fence in left for his third hit of
The Gators pulled within 7-4 in the seventh, highlighted by a towering
two-run homer by senior Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) off the top of
the scoreboard overlooking right field. McArthur doubled with two down
to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and senior Jon Townsend
laced an RBI single into center to score sophomore pinch
runner Clayton Pisani. Barber stepped to the dish and
jacked Holder's initial offering out of the yard for his second dinger
Barnes reached on catcher's interference with one down in the eighth
against sophomore Alex McRee, who replaced Holder (7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R) at
the start of the inning. den Dekker battled back from an 0-2 count to
earn a free pass and Figueroa deposited a Texas Leaguer into shallow
center to load the bases. Fields was called slammed the door with strikeouts of Adams and Pisani. The fireballer
retired the side in order to end the ballgame.
Bullock set a career high with seven strikeouts but surrendered 12 hits
and seven runs over six innings. The trio of freshman Travis Lawler
(College Station, Texas) (1.0 IP, 2 H), sophomore Tony Davis (0.2 IP) and sophomore Clint Franklin (1.1
IP) combined to keep UGA scoreless over the final three stanzas. The
Bulldogs held a 15-9 edge in hits, as the Gators had three players with
two apiece. Junior Stephen Locke (2-2, 3.45) will start
Saturday's second game for UF at 3 p.m., live on Sun Sports, against
right-hander Stephen Dodson (5-1, 3.46).
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