Homer Happy Baseball Defeats Pace 9-2

The University of Florida baseball team used five homeruns from five different players to run their McKethan Stadium win streak to 11 games with a 9-2 victory over visiting Pace University Tuesday evening. Catcher Brian Rose led UF with two hits, two runs scored and three RBI.

Pace jumped to an early lead in the first inning with a single run. Paul Bonaras singled to lead off the game and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ricky Piovesan. The Setters scored their first run of the game off a Michael Huffman fielder's choice groundout.

The Gators quickly captured the lead in the first. Brett Dowdy led off the Gators first with a solo homerun. Mario Garza followed with a single and C.J. Smith walked to put two on base. Rose then gave the Gators the advantage with a three run homerun to make the score 4-1.

The Gators scored one run in each the third and fourth innings which gave UF a five run lead. In the third, Ben Harrison hit a solo shot, his fourth of the season. In the fourth, Stephen Barton singled and later scored on a Justin Tordi double.

The Gators continued their scoring barrage in the fifth inning. C.J. Smith started the inning with a solo homerun to center field. Rose later singled to get on base. Jeff Corsaletti hit the Gators fifth homerun of the night to tack on two more runs and give the Gators a 9-1 lead.

The Pace Setters added a run in the eighth inning. Keith Carolan doubled and scored their final run of the game off a Bonaros single.

Picking up the win on the mound for the Gators was freshman Bryan Ball. Ball made his first collegiate start pitching 4.0 innings, giving up only one run off four hits, while striking out two and walking one. Three Florida pitchers combined to strikeout 10 hitter.

Leading Pace at the plate was Bonaros and Huffman who each had three hits for the Setters 11-hit attack.

The Gators end the series versus Pace on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.


Brett Dowdy had his second homerun of the season, his second in as many games.

Brian Rose's homerun in the first inning was the Gators sixth three-run homerun of the season.

The Gators had a season-high five homeruns in the game.

C.J. Smith's fifth inning homerun was the first Florida homer to center field this season.

Eight of nine of the Gator runs were scored via homeruns.

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