Gators beat Vandy in 13 innings, 2-1

Nashville, Tenn. - Matt LaPorta hit a one-out solo homerun in the 13th inning to lead the Florida Gators to a 2-1 victory over Vanderbilt in front of a sell out crowd at Hawkins Field. It is the second consecutive game the Gators defeated the Commodores by one run – both on game-winning homeruns by LaPorta.

The game was scoreless through seven innings. VU's David Price gave up only two hits while striking out a career-high 11 batters totaling 120 pitches. Price was replaced by Michael Wagner in the eighth. Wagner gave up a single to pinch hitter Stephen Barton to lead off the inning. Wagner struck out Gavin Dickey before Cody Crowell took the mound for the Commodores. Crowell threw eight consecutive balls to walk both Jeff Corsaletti and Adam Davis to load the bases. Jeff Sues relieved Crowell and threw a wild pitch with LaPorta at the plate scoring Barton for the first score of the game. LaPorta was intentionally walked to load the bases. Sues struck out Jeroloman looking and forced Brandon McArthur to ground out stranding three Gator baserunners.

The Commodores tied the game in their half of the eighth inning. With one away, designated hitter David Macias drew a walk and moved to second when Antoan Richardson singled to the shortstop. Steven Porter replaced Bryan Ball on the mound and with two away, Mike Baxter hit a hard shot down the first baseline. LaPorta made a diving play to stop the ball, but the ball deflected off his glove allowing Macias to score and tie the game at 1-1.

Sues retired 11 consecutive batters before Brian Leclerc reached on an error by shortstop Dominic de la Osa in the 12th inning. Justin Tordi drew a walk moving Leclerc to second. Leclerc moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Barton. With runners on first and third, Dickey hit a shot to Sues on the mound who caught Leclerc in a rundown between third and home. Corsaletti grounded out to second base stranding the runners at second and third.

With one away in the 12th inning, de la Osa singled through the right side. Stephen Shao hit a fly ball to Dickey in left field who caught de la Osa off first for the double play.

With one away, LaPorta took the first pitch from Sues and hit it just over the 375 mark in left field. It was the only hit Sues gave up in the game.

Antoan Ricahrdson walked with two away in the 13th, but was stranded when Mike Baxter hit a pop up to second base to end the game.

The Commodores are 34-20, 13-16 in the SEC, while Florida is 37-18, 19-10 in the league.

Commodore pitchers struck out a season-high 18 Gator batters led by Price with 11. Sues totaled six strikeouts, while Wagner struck out one.

Darren O'Day pitched five scoreless innings for the Gators earning the win (6-3). He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. Mike Pete picked up his first save on the season facing only one batter.

Florida leads the series 2-0 with the final game of the series scheduled tomorrow (Sunday) at 1 pm. Junior left-hander Ryan Mullins (6-1) is scheduled to take the mound for the Commodores, while Tommy Boss (6-3) will get the start for the Gators.


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