Freshman second baseman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.), sophomore outfielder Matt denDekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior right-hander Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.) were chosen first-team All-SEC in a vote of the league’s 12 head baseball coaches announced on Tuesday.
The three selections to the first team were the most for the Gators since four players (John Burke, Mario Linares, Kevin Polcovich and Marc Valdes) garnered the honor in 1991. Junior outfielder Avery Barnes (High Springs, Fla.) was named to the second team, Adams was a unanimous choice on the All-Freshman Team and den Dekker was a member of the inaugural SEC All-Defensive Team. In his first season at the helm, head coach Kevin O’Sullivan directed Florida (34-20/17-13 SEC) to a third-place showing in the overall standings and a runner-up performance in the Eastern Division.
Adams became the first Gator rookie to collect first-team All-SEC recognition since Valdes accomplished the feat in 1991. He was also one of five players to be unanimously chosen to the league’s All-Freshman Team. Adams has started 53 games for the Orange and Blue at five different positions (30-2B, 14-3B, 4-LF, 4-CF, 1-RF) and seen action at every spot in the infield. He leads UF in slugging percentage (.561) and doubles (17) and is tied for second in batting average (.343) and homers (eight). Adams also ranks second on the squad in on-base percentage (.438) and RBI (51). He was third on the club in SEC play with a .354 clip and had a team-high 27 RBI, 22 runs, 10 doubles and five round-trippers. In the middle of March, the Jacksonville native was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Week after an impressive 8-for-11 (.727) league debut during the sweep of Auburn.
On the strength of a .351 batting average in league play, den Dekker earned first-team recognition after collecting All-Freshman kudos in 2007. He was 12-for-12 on stolen-base attempts and ranked second on the Gators with 24 RBI in the 30 league contests. den Dekker is currently at .330 overall with career highs in runs (49), RBI (47), homers (eight), doubles (seven) and triples (two). He is a perfect 20-for-20 on stolen-base attempts and enters the SEC Tournament riding his second 13-game hitting streak this spring. The center fielder was named to the league’s All-Defensive Team after committing just one error in 144 overall chances, with four assists. den Dekker often makes spectacular plays look routine and has robbed opponents of potential homers several times throughout the season.
Keating was voted as one of the two starting pitchers on the first team after compiling a 7-0 league ledger with a 3.28 earned run average in nine starts. He was the first Gator to achieve first-team status since Justin Hoyman in 2004. Keating claimed his first seven league starts and was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week following a complete-game effort in a victory over eventual Western Division champion LSU at the end of March. Making his first relief appearance of the year last Friday, the right-hander fanned Vanderbilt junior All-American Pedro Alvarez with the tying run on second base to preserve the Gators’ 5-4 triumph in game two of the series. Keating is 8-0 overall with a 3.15 ERA and has registered 48 strikeouts in 74.1 innings.
Barnes rated among the conference leaders throughout the campaign, turning in a .355 average with 32 runs, 12 stolen bases and 11 RBI versus league foes. He leads UF overall in a variety of offensive categories, including batting average (.382), on-base percentage (.456), hits (79), runs (64), stolen bases (25-for-28) and sacrifice hits (four). Barnes is tied for the team lead with 23 multiple-hit games and four triples and is third with 28 walks. He paced the Orange and Blue offense during series against South Carolina (.615), Kentucky (.563) and Tennessee (.500) and had a walk-off single to defeat Brown on March 8.
Georgia junior shortstop Gordon Beckham was selected as the 2008 SEC Player of the Year, Georgia senior closer Joshua Fields was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Auburn first baseman Hunter Morris was named as the SEC
Freshman of the Year. The coaches also tabbed Georgia skipper David Perno as SEC Coach of the Year, while Beckham was also named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Beckham (.401-23-57, 16 SB, .959 fielding pct.), a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, tied the school record for home runs in a season with his 23rd against Alabama. It was an opposite-field, game-tying solo shot. On Saturday, he set the Bulldog record for runs scored in a season with 76. Beckham, an Academic All-America candidate too, ranks among the leaders in several NCAA and SEC offensive categories. He is second in the country in home runs, fourth in slugging percentage and sixth in runs scored. In 28 games against ranked opponents, Beckham is batting .380-9-26, and in SEC action, he batted .391-13-33.
Fields, a semifinalist for the Clemens Award, set a school record with his 16th save of the season in a win over Georgia Tech last Tuesday at Turner Field in Atlanta. Fields already holds the SEC and school record for career saves with 39. On the year, he is 2-2 with a 1.52 ERA and has 16 saves in 29.2 innings with 53 strikeouts.
Morris, who was named second-team All-SEC, had a monster first season at Auburn, finishing the year with a team-best .351 batting average in all games, but was even better in league play, hitting .393. Morris hit safely in 44 of 54 games played. Perno led the Bulldogs to a 20-9-1 record in conference play to win the SEC Championship.
Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earned 11 of the 12 first-team votes. The complete 2008 All-SEC Team follows:
SEC Player of the Year: *Gordon Beckham, Georgia
SEC Pitcher of the Year: Joshua Fields, Georgia SEC Freshman of the Year: Hunter Morris, Auburn SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Gordon Beckham, Georgia SEC Coach of the Year: David Perno, Georgia
First Team 1B –Justin Smoak, South Carolina
2B – Josh Adams, FLORIDA & Ryan Wilkes, Kentucky 3B – Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt & Logan Forsythe, Arkansas SS – *Gordon Beckham, Georgia C – Bryce Massanari, Georgia OF – Sawyer Carroll, Kentucky OF – Collin Cowgill, Kentucky OF – Matt den Dekker, FLORIDA; Brandon May, Alabama & David Macias, Vanderbilt DH – Alex Avila, Alabama P – Patrick Keating, FLORIDA P – Chris Rusin, Kentucky RP – Joshua Fields, Georgia
Second Team 1B – Hunter Morris, Auburn 2B – Alex Feinberg, Vanderbilt 3B – James Darnell, South Carolina SS – Ryan Flaherty, Vanderbilt & Reese Havens, South Carolina C – Yan Gomes, Tennessee OF – Avery Barnes, FLORIDA OF – Dominic de la Osa, Vanderbilt OF – Kentrail Davis, Tennessee DH – Phil Disher, South Carolina P – Lance Lynn, Ole Miss P – Stephen Dodson, Georgia & Trevor Holder, Georgia RP – Scott Bittle, Ole Miss
All-Freshman Team 1B – *Hunter Morris, Auburn 2B – *Josh Adams, FLORIDA 3B – David Cunningham, Auburn SS – *Josh Rutledge, Alabama C – *Micah Gibbs, LSU OF – *Kentrail Davis, Tennessee OF – Brian Fletcher, Auburn OF – Whit Merrifield, South Carolina DH – P.J. Polk, Tennessee P – Grant Dayton, Auburn P – Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss RP – Russell Brewer, Vanderbilt
All-Defensive Team P – Jared Bradford, LSU
1B – Rich Poythress, Georgia 2B – Ryan Wilkes, Kentucky SS – Reese Havens, South Carolina 3B – Jake Smith, Alabama C – Brett Basham, Ole Miss OF – Collin Cowgill, Kentucky OF – Matt den Dekker, FLORIDA
OF – David Macias, Vanderbilt
No. 22 Baseball Travels To No. 12 South Carolina
Wednesday 04-30-2008 12:41pm ET
Gainesville, FL -
With three weekends in league play remaining, No. 22 Florida (27-16) hits the road for the first of two-straight SEC series away from Gainesville when it travels to the PalmettoState to face No. 12 South Carolina (31-14). The Gators (12-9) are one game ahead of the Gamecocks (11-10) in the jumbled Eastern Division race. UF is 3.5 games behind Georgia (29-14-1/15-5-1 SEC), and USC is locked in a three-way tie for fourth with Kentucky and Tennessee.
Freshman right-hander Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) (4-4, 3.40) will start Friday's opener at 7 p.m., live on Sun Sports, against right-hander Mike Cisco (5-2, 5.08). Toledo has worked 45.0 innings this season, with 20 strikeouts and 23 walks, and will be making his first start since April 13 versus Arkansas.
Saturday's matchup at 4 p.m. will pit junior left-hander Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.)(3-2, 3.21) and USC southpaw Will Atwood (4-2, 4.22). In his last outing, Locke crafted the first complete game of his career to help Florida even its series with No. 5 Georgia. The lefty scattered eight hits, including seven singles, and was helped by three Gator double plays in the 7-2 win. He tallied two strikeouts and one walk to notch his first SEC victory since March 17, 2007 against MississippiState and kept UGA off the scoreboard until the fifth inning.
The SEC leader in victories, junior Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.) (8-0, 2.69), will start Sunday's finale at 1:30 p.m. (live on CSS) against right-hander Blake Cooper (5-4, 3.52). Last weekend, Keating matched his career-high of six strikeouts and worked 6.2 innings in the finale versus Georgia in which he yielded seven hits and two runs. The righty is 7-0 in seven SEC starts with a 2.68 ERA.
Since South Carolina joined the SEC starting in the 1992 season, the Gators have captured only one of the eight three-game series held at Sarge Frye Field. The Orange and Blue's successful visit occurred with a sweep during the '96 campaign and the team has dropped five of its last six outings on the road to USC.
The Garnet and Black has defeated the Gators in seven of the past eight series, the lone exception when UF took two of three meetings in Gainesville over March 25-27, 2005. South Carolina holds an 11-5 advantage in the series between the schools.
Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan is quite familiar with South Carolina after serving on Clemson's coaching staff between 1999 and 2007. During his time with the Tigers, the bitter rivals split 34 meetings.
The Gators rebounded from a 7-4 loss to fifth-ranked Georgia last Friday night to claim the final two games of the series by identical 7-2 margins. UF ended a three-series SEC slide and handed the Bulldogs their first conference series loss of the campaign. Florida is now 22-6 at McKethan Stadium this spring.O'Sullivan has guided the Orange and Blue to six wins over top-10 opponents and series triumphs over SEC division leaders No. 5 Georgia and No. 8 Ole Miss. On the weekend, Florida was 30-for-99 (.303) with eight extra-base hits (six doubles, two homers) and was 6-for-6 on stolen bases.
Senior Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) worked 2.1 scoreless innings to preserve Keating's win on Sunday to collect his second save. The reliever lowered his ERA to 2.63, second-best on the team. Senior first baseman Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) roped a three-run double in the third stanza to open the scoring and is 23-for-54 (.438) with 10 RBI, five runs and four doubles in the past 14 games. Sophomore shortstop Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) went 6-for-12 (.500) against the Bulldogs and is batting .337 overall with 40 RBI, 14 stolen bases, 11 doubles and six homers. Freshman second baseman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) was 4-for-11 (.367) with four runs, a two-run homer and two walks and sophomore center fielder Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was 4-for-11 (.367) with three runs, three stolen bases, two runs and two walks.
Last weekend marked the first time since 1998 that the Gators defeated the Bulldogs at home by four or more runs in back-to-back games. In game two, den Dekker was 3-for-3 and scored twice and became the first UF player with three thefts in a game since Jonathan Tucker versus Vanderbilt on March 27, 2004. Senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.) also matched a season high with three RBI.
Cisco notched eight strikeouts over seven innings as South Carolina eliminated the Gators from last season's SEC Tournament, 5-3. Matt LaPorta had given UF a 2-0 lead in the first inning with his 74th and final homer of his outstanding career. The Gamecocks reached Keating in the second for three runs on four hits to take a lead it would not relinquish. The right-hander worked 5.1 innings in his starting debut, allowing eight hits and five runs (three earned), with five strikeouts. USC had kicked off the double-elimination event with a 4-3 win in 12 innings.
During the regular season, the Gators and Gamecocks split the first two games in Gainesville last April before USC pulled out the rubber match, 8-6, in 11 innings. The visitors cruised to a 12-2 victory in the opener behind six shutout innings from undefeated Harris Honeycutt. Cody Neer began a big weekend with a career-high three hits but RHP Bryan Augenstein was roughed up for 14 hits and 11 runs (10 earned) over 6.1 innings. Trailing 8-2 in the eighth on Saturday, the Gators staged a remarkable rally to square the series. Brian Leclerc clubbed a grand slam, his first homer since April 1, 2006, to bring the hosts within 8-6. Down to his team's last strike, Neer blasted a three-run round-tripper in the bottom of the ninth to lift Florida to a 9-8 win. The tables were turned on Easter Sunday, as the Gamecocks socked a game-tying three-run jack in the ninth and notched the victory with a two-run bomb in the 11th to post an 8-6 triumph.
UF was swept in its last visit to South Carolina on March 24-26, 2006 (4-1, 6-5, 21-4). The three losses to the Gamecocks marked USC's first sweep of the Gators since 1995 and enabled the hosts to win a series at Sarge Frye Field for the seventh time in eight meetings. UF batted .202 (20-for-99) in the set and were outscored by a 31-10 margin. The 21-4 defeat in the series finale was the team's third-worst loss in school history and was the team’s second-worst setback in SEC action. The staff's earned run average was 9.00, as the Gamecocks totaled 43 hits in 24 innings.
No. 17 UK Edges No. 24 Baseball, 3-2, In 10 Innings
Monday 04-21-2008 3:00pm ET
Lexington, KY -
A bases-loaded walk to senior Brian Spear in the 10th inning brought home sophomore Keenan Wiley with the winning run as No. 17 Kentucky (30-9/9-9 SEC) defeated No. 24 Florida (25-15/10-8 SEC), 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium in the rubber game of the weekend series. Junior Scott Green (4-2) struck out all five Gator batters he faced to earn the victory.
In the final frame, Wiley (3-for-5) had delivered a leadoff double off freshman Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) (4-4) and was safe at third when sophomore catcher HamptonTignor (Sarasota, Fla.) fielded junior Collin Cowgill’s (2-for-4) bunt and attempted to throw out the runner. Senior Sawyer Carroll was walked intentionally to fill the bases and Spear took ball four on a 3-1 pitch to end the contest.
Cowgill belted his team-leading 15th homer in the opening stanza to stake the Wildcats to a 1-0 lead against junior Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.). At that point, Cowgill’s one-out blast marked the 11th straight time in the series he had reached base. Locke struck out a career-high eight batters over 6.2 innings in his first weekend start of the campaign.
UF had runners on the corners with two down in the third but could not get on the board. Junior Avery Barnes (High Springs, Fla.) laced a single to shallow center and sophomore Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) followed with a base-hit up the middle. Senior Greg Dombrowski worked out of trouble by having sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) ground out to first.
In the bottom of the frame, the Wildcats used a sacrifice fly by Spear to take a 2-0 lead. Wiley led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Carroll earned a free pass and Spear notched his second sac fly of the season.
The Gators knotted the game at 2-2 in the sixth on den Dekker’s team-best seventh homer. Barnes started things off with a base-hit into right and den Dekker sent Dombrowski’s 1-1 pitch over the right-field wall to forge a stalemate. Freshman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) sliced a one-out single into left and moved into scoring position with his ninth stolen base. Senior Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) was walked intentionally with two down and Dombrowski responded with a strikeout of sophomore ClaytonPisani (Naples, Fla.).
Barnes collected his third hit with two down in the seventh, prompting a pitching change. Over 6.2 innings, Dombrowski permitted seven hits, notched seven strikeouts and issued one walk. With den Dekker at the plate, Barnes stole second base but over-slid the bag and was tagged out in a rundown to end the frame.
Locke departed with two out in the seventh after yielding a single to Wiley. The southpaw gave up five hits with only one walk in 6.2 innings of work. Making his first career relief appearance, Toledo fanned Cowgill on three pitches to start his 2.1-inning stint.
Carroll began the home portion of the eighth with a towering shot to straightaway center field, only to have den Dekker reach over the 390-foot mark to prevent a possible round-tripper. Green later replaced senior Brock Baber (0.2 IP, 2 K) with one out in the ninth and set down both batters he faced in that frame before retiring the Gators in order in the 10th.
UF held a 7-6 advantage in hits, led by Barnes (3-for-5), den Dekker (2-for-4) and Adams (2-for-4). The Gators will host league-leading No. 7 Georgia (27-12/14-3 SEC) next weekend at McKethan Stadium. UGA claimed the first two games over LSU in Baton Rouge, 6-3 and 9-8, to run their SEC winning streak to 10 games and were tied 10-10 in the 10th inning of the finale.
Gators Enjoy a 5-3 Victory over UNF
Wednesday 04-09-2008 10:52am ET
Sophomore Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) delivered a tie-breaking two-out RBI single in the seventh inning to lift No. 21 Florida (22-10) to a 5-3 victory over North Florida (18-14) in front of 3,153 fans on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. The Gators overcame a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the third and used Pigott’s single into left field to claim their first win in four meetings against the Ospreys.
“I was a little nervous early in the game being down by three runs, but we battled back,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “(Kyle) Mullaney battled and gave up three runs in six innings, which was important for him to do. If we had to go deep into our bullpen in the first game of the week, then that could have set the tone for the rest of the weekend. He battled and the bottom line is that giving up three runs over six innings is a quality start for anyone.”
“This was a good win because we have been struggling a little bit recently,” Pigott said. “It was nice to come out and beat them and it was a big win for the entire team.”
“That was good for Jonathan and the best thing was that he hit a breaking ball,” O’Sullivan said. “Good things happen when players work hard and he stayed on that breaking ball and hit the ball hard on the ground. Hopefully that will be a good jump start for him.”
Senior Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) threw 2.2 scoreless frames to improve to 3-1 on year, while junior Avery Barnes (High Springs, Fla.) and sophomore Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) had three hits apiece for UF.
The Ospreys tallied three runs on five hits in the second off sophomore right-hander Kyle Mullaney (Jacksonville, Fla.). Sophomore Andrew Hannon led off with a double to left center and senior Andy Warren connected on his second homer with a two-run job into the left-field bleachers. Soon after, UNF loaded the bases on a single by senior Mike P. Smith and back-to-back one-out hits from sophomore Ryan Lowe and senior T.J. Gaudy. Mullaney struck out senior Chad Knight but then walked sophomore Preston Hale for a 3-0 UNF advantage.
Florida mounted a two-out rally in the third that yielded three runs to knot the game at 3-3. Sophomore Buddy Munroe (Miami, Fla.) had an infield hit with one down and moved to second on a throwing error by UNF third baseman Smith. Munroe advanced on a grounder by Barnes and scored on den Dekker’s sixth two-bagger. Sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single through the right side, ending the night for freshman righty George Lott (2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R). Freshman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) greeted junior reliever John Frawley with his team-leading 13th double to bring in Figueroa with the tying run.
The Gators used another two-out burst in the fifth to load the bases, only to come away empty-handed. Adams and senior Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) had back-to-back singles into the outfield before senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.) had a hit into the hole at shortstop to fill the sacks. Frawley had a grounder by sophomore Clayton Pisani (Naples, Fla.) force Townsend at second base to end the frame.
In the sixth, Barnes stroked a two-out single off sophomore Tucker Pryor, stole second and took third on a throwing error by UNF catcher Lowe. den Dekker drew a four-pitch walk for Gator runners on the corners but Pryor worked out of trouble by having Figueroa’s grounder force the runner at second.
Sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper City, Fla.) took over for Mullaney prior to the seventh. Mullaney worked a season-high six innings, allowing 11 hits, with a career-high five strikeouts. After permitting a one-out single to senior Travis Martin, Davis was replaced by Edmondson. The righty had Hannon tap into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Gators seized a 4-3 lead in the seventh on a clutch two-out single into left field by Pigott, who had been mired in a 1-for-25 slump. Barber rifled a one-out double down the right-field line and Pisani was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, setting the stage for Pigott’s base-knock.
UF tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by Figueroa off junior Ty Pryor that plated Barnes. Barnes had opened the stanza with his third hit of the night and raced to third on a single into right by den Dekker. Figueroa punched a single into right for a 5-3 Florida lead before Adams flew out to right field and den Dekker was thrown out at the plate on a strong throw by Hale.
The Gators held a 15-13 edge in hits, as their top five hitters in the lineup had two apiece and were a combined 12-for-24 (.500) with four runs and four RBI. The teams will play the rubber game of their regular-season series tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.
Gators Beat Tennessee 7-2
Tuesday 04-08-2008 4:54pm ET
Junior Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.) improved to 5-0 as No. 13 Florida (21-10/8-4 SEC) salvaged the finale of its series at Tennessee (19-11/7-5 SEC) with a 7-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Down by four runs, the Vols had the bases full in the fifth with none out and the Gators turned a 4-6-3 triple play.
Junior Avery Barnes (High Springs, Fla.) was 3-for-3 with a single, double and homer and scored three times and sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) drove in two runs as the Gators ended a five-game slide. The contest was shortened to seven innings because of the league’s travel policy.
The Gators got off to a quick start with two runs in the first inning against sophomore Steve Crnkovich (4-3). Barnes drew a leadoff walk and scored on sophomore Matt den Dekker’s (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) triple down the right-field line. Figueroa followed with his sixth sacrifice fly of the season to left for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Tennessee answered with a run of its own on a bases-loaded infield hit by sophomore Jeff Lockwood to cut the deficit in half. The Vols used consecutive two-out singles off Keating by sophomore Yan Gomes, senior Shawn Griffin and freshman Josh Liles to fill the sacks. Lockwood hit a shot off the pitcher’s leg to drive in Gomes but Keating worked out of further trouble by having freshman P.J. Polk’s grounder force Lockwood at second.
Florida extended its lead to 4-1 in the third courtesy of an RBI double by Figueroa and a wild pitch by junior Ty’Relle Harris. Barnes had led off with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a wild pitch and taken third on a groundout by den Dekker. Figueroa’s ninth two-bagger ended the afternoon for Crnkovich (2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R). Junior Aaron Everett plunked freshman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) and the Gators were able to have runners on second and third after a flyout by senior Dustin Bamberg (Winter Haven, Fla.) and a Vol throwing error on the relay throw. As Everett was pitching to senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.), he was injured and had to leave the game. On ball four to Townsend, Harris uncorked an errant pitch that enabled Figueroa to come across with the fourth run.
Griffin began the home part of the stanza with his fifth homer to close the gap to 4-2. Back-to-back one-out singles by Lockwood and Polk put the Vols in business, only to have Keating work out of the jam by having junior Cody Brown line into an inning-ending double play.
Barnes blasted his second homer of the campaign with two down in the fourth to help the visitors re-claim a three-run lead. Three of his five career round-trippers have come against Tennessee. Bamberg later lofted a sac fly to center in the fifth, bringing in Figueroa, to increase UF’s lead to 6-2.
After yielding a leadoff single to Gomes in the fifth, Keating (4.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R) was replaced by sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper City, Fla.). The southpaw surrendered a single to the lone batter he faced, Griffin, before junior Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.) was summoned from the pen. The lefty issued a walk to Liles to load the bases with none out and had Lockwood line into a 4-6-3 inning-ending triple play. It was the second time Florida turned a triple play this season.
Consecutive singles by Pisani and junior Teddy Foster (Jacksonville, Fla.) prompted a pitching change, as Lockwood took over for Harris (2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 5 K) in the sixth. Barnes’ third-straight hit, an RBI double, completed the scoring at 7-2. The Vols held an 11-10 edge in hits, while the trio of Barnes (3-for-3), Figueroa (2-for-3) and Pisani (2-for-3) turned in multiple-hit efforts for the Gators. Locke collected his first career save with three scoreless and hitless innings of work.
UF will resume action on Tuesday night by hosting North Florida (17-13/8-9 Atlantic Sun) at 6:30 p.m. in the opener of a two-game set at McKethan Stadium. The Opreys posted an 11-10 win in 10 innings last Wednesday.