Solid Pitching Keys Win

The No. 16 University of Florida baseball team used two four-run innings, and retired 14 straight batters from the fourth to ninth innings to grab its 12th straight home win at McKethan Stadium with a 12-2 victory over Pace University Wednesday night.

The Gators improved to 14-3 in its non-conference schedule before heading into the first series of Southeastern Conference games this weekend against LSU in Baton Rouge, La. (March 14-16). Pace fell to 0-5 on the season.

Freshman Christian Madson won his first career college game on the mound, as he went three innings giving up two runs on two hits. Madson struck out five of the 12 batters that he faced. In the process, he became the sixth different Florida pitcher to earn their first collegiate win this season.

UF was led by Jonathan Tucker, who went 2-for-5 and reached base safely all four times following his fly out to right field in the first inning. Tucker had two RBI and scored three runs on a double and single, while reaching base twice on throwing errors. Brian Rose was the other Gator offensive catalyst on the night, as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored. twice Rose reached safely three times on two singles, while being hit by a pitch in the sixth. Ben Harrison also had two hits for the Gators, as he drove in two runs.

Florida exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Brett Dowdy led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on a balk and scored on Tucker's Southeastern Conference leading 11th RBI double. Tucker would score two batters later on Harrison's two-run homer to left-center field. Rose followed Harrison with a single and moved to third on two consecutive wild pitches. Rose then scored on Mario Garza's sacrifice fly to right field to close out the Gator scoring in the inning.

The Gators also got four runs in the second inning, as Jake Riordan was hit by a pitch to lead off. Riordan stole second and scored one batter later on Jake Corsaletti's RBI single. Corsaletti would follow Riordan home, as he stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Justin Tordi later had a bunt single and scored on a Tucker single. Tucker scored the last Gator run of the inning as he scored on a Harrison single.

Florida posted a run each in each the sixth and seventh innings. After Rose was hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth, Garza knocked him in with a RBI double. Tucker scored the Gators' run in the seventh as he reached second on a throwing error and scored on C.J. Smith's RBI single.

UF got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, as they pounded out two runs on just one hit. Junior Brett Dowdy led off the game with a walk and scored four batters later on Rose's two-run single. Smith also scored on Rose's single, as he walked earlier in the inning.

Pace picked up both of its runs in the top of third on Mike Pahira's two-run homer. The Setters were plagued by errors all night as they committed five, which led to five runs.


Florida scored double-figures in runs for the 10th time this season, and ran its record to 10-0 in those games

Florida ran its streak to 12 straight home wins at McKethan Stadium this season

Junior Ben Harrison hit his 17th career home run in the bottom of fourth inning

Sophomore C.J. Smith extended his hit-streak to 13-games with a RBI single in the bottom of the seventh (Florida Season-high)

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