The Gators got on the board first when Jonathan Tucker singled with one out in the bottom of the first inning. After a Tucker stolen base and a walk by Ben Harrison, the runners moved to second and third on a balk by Hofstra pitcher Brendan Smar. Tucker scored on Mario Garza's ground out to first base, while Smith drove in Harrison with a double down the left field line to give Florida the 2-0 advantage. Florida extended its lead to 3-0 in the second inning when Stephen Barton walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Dowdy's single into left field.
Garza added to the Gators' lead with a solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Smith singled, and Corsaletti followed with a double to right center, moving Smith to third. Smith then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Rose, and after Fritz Reichardt walked and Justin Tordi was hit by a pitch, Dowdy singled to center to drive in Corsaletti and Reichardt. A bloop single by Harrison drove in Tordi and Dowdy to close out the scoring in the fifth with the Gators up 9-0.
After Florida relief pitcher Adam Sanabria struck out the side in the top of the sixth, Smith recorded his second double of the night and scored the Gators' 10th run of the game on Rose's double down the third base line.
Hofstra answered in the top of the seventh as Eugene Brooks singled to center field to lead off the inning. Mackie Root followed with a single, and the runners moved to second and third on a throwing error by Tucker. Bryan Bugg doubled to right center, driving in both runners. After Bugg moved to third on a passed ball, William Palmer singled to center to score Bugg. Palmer stole second, moved to third on a single by Josh Stewart and scored on a Gator error, closing Florida's lead to 10-4. Hofstra wasn't done, however, as Stewart scored on Ryan Cosentine's infield single to cut the Gator lead in half at 10-5.
The Gators responded in the bottom of the seventh when Dowdy and Harrison both singled. Garza doubled down the right field line, driving in both runners to push Florida's lead to 12-5. In the eighth, Matt Cresap singled, and after Matt Maley was hit by a pitch, Tordi singled to left, driving in both runners, and moved to third on a fielding error by the Hofstra left fielder. The inning continued as Tucker walked and Tordi scored on a Jake Riordan single, followed by a walk to Garza. Smith and Corsaletti both drew bases-loaded walks to extend the Gators' lead to 17-5.
Hofstra added one more run in the top of the ninth when Josh Stern singled and scored when Mike Perullo doubled down the left field line.
Falkenbach (2-0) pitched five shutout innings, giving up five hits and striking out seven. Smar (0-1) gave up three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work. For Hofstra, Bugg was 1-for-2 with two RBI, and Palmer went 1-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored.
The Gators return to action
Saturday with a double-header against the Flying Dutchman. The first game begins
at 2 p.m., while the second game is slated to start at 5:30 p.m.
- The Gators were 18-for-18 on steal attempts until C.J. Smith was thrown out at third in the third inning.
- Florida batters were hit by pitches four times.
- Conner Falkenbach struck out a career-high seven batters in five innings of work.
- After missing the first six games of the season, Brian Rose started at catcher and had two RBI.
- This was the first meeting between the two teams.
- For the first time this season, a Florida pitcher struck out the side as Adam Sanabria performed the feat in the sixth inning.
- The Gators have now scored 10 runs or more five out seven games this season.
- Jonathan Tucker and Matt Cresap both extended their hit streaks to a career-best seven games.