Super Photo Gallery: Baseball vs. Dukes

Florida wrapped up its pre-conference schedule by sweeping the Duquesne Dukes during the weekend, tallying 27 runs on 30 hits.

Junior Clayton Pisani belted his first-ever grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs to help No. 17 Florida (9-4) finish a weekend sweep of Duquesne (0-11) with a 12-2 victory at McKethan Stadium on Sunday in front of 2,493 spectators. Pisani went 2-for-3 and also added a sacrifice fly and a sac bunt as four Gators turned in multiple-hit outings.

In five innings of work, starting pitcher Patrick Keating (2-2) allowed seven hits and two runs before giving way to junior Billy Bullock (2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K), freshman Will Jolin (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and sophomore Kevin Chapman (1.0 IP, 1 K).

Freshman Nick Maronde (1-1) picked up his first collegiate win as the 17 Gators clinched their weekend series with a 5-3 triumph over Duquesne on Saturday in front of 2,487 fans. The left-hander scattered five hits, allowed zero earned runs and had a career-high three strikeouts in six innings of work.

Senior Avery Barnes had a three-run triple, junior Mike Mooney was a season-best 3-for-3 and junior Jeff Barfield struck out the final two Duquesne hitters with the bases loaded to collect his first save.

Sophomore Josh Adams went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs and a season-high four RBI as Florida claimed the opener of its weekend series with a 10-5 victory over Duquesne on Friday night in front of 2,351 fans. Junior Matt den Dekker connected on a three-run homer and freshman Preston Tucker poked two doubles as part of a 12-hit Gator offensive output.

Junior Clint Franklin made his first appearance of ’09 by taking over for freshman starter Alex Panteliodis (2-1), who allowed eight hits and five runs (four earned) with two strikeouts and a walk over five innings. Franklin threw two scoreless innings and permitted one hit in his first outing since May 21, 2008 in the SEC Tournament against Vanderbilt.

Includes photos by Brad Folkers from Sunday’s game!

Super Photo Gallery: UF Baseball vs. Duquesne, 3/6-3/8/09