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6/13/17 Next 6/18 CWS TCU
6/13/16 W 7 -0 FSU/ The Gators made a grand return to Omaha on Monday night.
The Gainesville Super Regional against in-state rival Florida State was down to a decisive Game 3. A berth in the College World Series was on the line. Winner packs their bags for TDAmeritrade Park, loser stays home.
The No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Gators (52-14) fulfilled their season-long goal of making it back to Omaha, defeating the Seminoles 7-0.
Sophomore JJ Schwarz provided the grandest moment on a hot and muggy night at McKethan Stadium, belting a grand slam in the fifth inning to turn a close game into a 6-0 Florida advantage.
"I got one over the plate, one I liked, and got a good swing on it,'' Schwarz said. "I was so excited I don't even remember touching the bases. Omaha is so much fun. From our experience last year, we just really wanted to go back."
Ranked No. 1 nearly all season and projected as a CWS favorite from the start, the Gators were not going to be denied despite losing Game 1 on Saturday night as FSU's Drew Carlton threw a two-hit shutout. However, it was Florida's pitching that dominated the rest of the best-of-three series, tossing 22 consecutive shutout innings.
The Seminoles (41-22) did not score another run in the series after a pair of fifth-inning runs in Game 1 and had their season come to an end in Gainesville for the second year in a row.
"We hope, and pray, we never have to come down here again for a Super Regional,'' FSU coach Mike Martin said after his team's season ended in Gainesville the second consecutive year. "We're disappointed, certainly, but we don't look at it like a failure. Obviously, when you don't get to Omaha, it's a disappointment, but we're not taking anything away from what this ballclub accomplished."
Simply put, the Gators were the better team. Florida is making its fifth trip to Omaha in nine seasons under head coach Kevin O'Sullivan.
The sailing wasn't all smooth for the Gators on Monday.
Florida starterA.J. Puk survived six walks, a wild pitch and hit batsmen in 3 1/3 shaky innings. Puk's line had a bit of everything except a run allowed. Puk was replaced by Dane Dunning and he quieted any FSU scoring opportunities with 4 1/3 scoreless innings before turning it over to closer Shaun Anderson in the ninth.
A first-round pick in last week's MLB amateur draft, Dunning provided O'Sullivan with a true rarity. Not many coaches can take out the No. 6 overall pick in the draft (Puk) and hand the ball to the 29th pick (Dunning) with the season on the line.
"This group, from day one, has talked about winning a national championship,'' O'Sullivan said. "The last six innings we were really good today. If we can play in Omaha like we played the last six innings or the way we played Sunday, we've got as good a chance as anybody. I'm just happy for the players. They earned it."
The Gators scored in the first inning for the second consecutive game, taking a 1-0 lead when Dalton Guthrie scored on a wild pitch by FSU starter Cole Sands.
Peter Alonso added a solo homer in the third and then Schwarz delivered the knockout punch with his seventh career home run against FSU in 11 games. The Gators' lineup, after two hits in the opener, scored 12 runs and had 23 hits in the final two games.
The Gators next face Coastal Carolina on Sunday (8 p.m. ET). They finished third a year ago in the CWS. What they want next is the program's first national championship.
"We're the No. 1 team in the country for a reason,'' outfielder Buddy Reed said. "If you look at our record, we're 52-14, so that pretty much speaks for itself. We play to win every game. If we lose one, so what, and obviously in this situation we lost the first, so we had to come back and win two. The message was let loose, play hard and have fun."
They'll pack that same message for their return to Omaha.
6/13/15 W 15 - 3 Miami/ Nothing has been able to stop the Gators from winning of late on their mission to win the program's first national championship.
A case of the jitters appeared a threat Saturday night, but just as quickly, the jitters were gone and so was any chance of a Miami victory.
Florida senior third baseman Josh Tobias, who played in the College World Series as a true freshman in 2012, noticed some of the tell-tale signs of a young team in uncharted territory early in Saturday's 15-3 victory over the Hurricanes.
Sophomore starter Logan Shore, usually a control artist, hit Miami's Ricky Eusebio to lead off the game. Freshman second baseman Dalton Guthrie, a standout defensive player, committed an error on a play he usually makes. And freshman catcher Michael Rivera dropped a pop up in foul territory that he probably can catch with his eyes closed most days.
Before you knew it, the Gators trailed 2-0.
"I said to myself, 'they are a little nervous,' '' Tobias said. "In my freshman year here I was a little nervous. You're playing in front of 25,000 people, so it's natural. After the third inning we kind of settled down, got back into the swing of things, and that's what matters the most."
Did the Gators ever get back into the swing of things.
Florida arrived at the ballpark Saturday knowing runs can be hard to come by at spacious TD Ameritrade Park.
Home runs, even more difficult. No homers, no problem.
Florida didn't need any long balls to beat up their longtime in-state rivals in the nightcap on opening day here at the CWS.
The Gators scored 11 runs in the fourth inning to set a TD Ameritrade Park record for most runs in an inning, sending many in the crowd of 26,377 for the exits and Gators fans into a frenzy.
Florida's hit parade sent Hurricanes coach Jim Morris to the mound for multiple pitching changes.
"The fourth inning says everything about the game,'' Morris said. "Everything that could go wrong went wrong. A game like this is never much fun."
The Gators have an entirely different view of their most lopsided victory against Miami in 17 years.
"All the hitters in the lineup right now are feeling really confident, good about their swings,'' said freshman designated hitter JJ Schwarz, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. "You can tell just by the offensive production we've had lately and we're just trying to keep it rolling."
Florida trailed 2-1 as Tobias led off the fourth with a walk, its only run crossing the plate in the third when Rivera scored in the third on a balk by Miami ace Andrew Suarez. After Suarez needed only 16 pitches to set down the Gators in the first two innings, Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan brought the team together in the dugout for a brief chat.
"We talked about it this morning that we needed to grind out at-bats and not give them quick innings,'' O'Sullivan said. "So our goal was to try to get his pitch count up. Certainly did not see an 11-run inning in the fourth. But, you know, I can't say enough about our approach there."
JJ Schwarz followed Tobias and hit a slow bouncer that Miami shortstop Brandon Lopez booted for his first error, and then threw wildly to first for his second error. Lopez's miscues gave the Gators runners at second and third with no outs.
Buddy Reed tied the game with an RBI single, and Florida took a 3-2 lead on Pete Alonso's RBI sacrifice fly.
After that, the Gators (50-16) took batting practice for the rest of the inning, chasing Suarez before taking their cuts against Hurricanes relievers Sam Abrams and Danny Garcia.
The Gators sent 16 batters to the plate, seven of them recorded hits, with Reed and Rivera each singling twice as the Gators blew open their first meeting in school history against Miami (49-16) in the CWS. The 12-run loss is the worst postseason defeat in school history for the Hurricanes.
"It was just one of those nights that we had one of those big innings,'' O'Sullivan said.
Meanwhile, Florida won its 10th consecutive postseason game and improved to 6-0 in the NCAA Tournament, outscoring opponents 68-15 over that span.
Florida starter Logan Shore wasn't his best -- a pair of RBI sacrifice flies by third baseman David Thompson gave the Hurricanes an early lead -- but Shore earned his third consecutive victory in the NCAA Tournament by limiting Miami to three runs over five innings. He struck out six and walked none.
The Gators face Virginia, a 5-3 winner over Arkansas in the first game Saturday, at 8 p.m. ET Monday in the winner's bracket. Four wins away from a national title, the Gators will attempt to keep their impressive winning streak alive.
"I like that everybody contributes,'' Tobias said. "Everybody is pulling their own weight. That's the best way for a team to win."
6/13/14 Season Over
6/13/13 Season Over
6/13/12 Next 6/16 CWS So Carolina
6/13/11 Next 6/18 CWS Texas
6/13/10 Next 6/19 CWS UCLA
6/13/09 Season Over
6/13/08 Season Over
6/13/07 Season Over
6/13/06 Season Over
6/13/05 DNP Next CWS Tenn 6/17
6/13/04 L 1 - 3 Miami/ The University of Florida baseball team had their offense stalled as the Gators fell 3-1 to host Miami in game two of Super Regional play. The loss closed out the 2004 season for the Gators who finished 43-22 on the season while Miami moved on to Omaha, Neb. and the College World Series. Florida was playing in their first ever-Super Regional after winning the Oklahoma City Regional.
Florida would score their lone run in the first inning but could not muster any more runs against Miami's Cesar Carrillo who improved to 11-0 with the victory on the hill. Carrillo would not allow a base hit after the fourth inning in leading Miami to its 49th victory of the season.
Florida starter Connor Falkenbach was the hard luck loser as Carrillo out dueled the junior right hander. Making his fifth start of the season Falkenbach would go 7 and 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and three runs with a walk and five strikeouts. Falkenbach would throw 119 pitches including 74 for strikes in dropping to 10-7 in 2004.
He was removed with two outs in the eighth when Miami had a runner on first with two outs. Gator reliever Darren O'Day would pickoff the Hurricane runner and the two teams would go to the bottom of the eighth.
Florida would never threaten though as the final 11 Gators were retired in order. Carrillo would give up four base hits with three walks and a career best nine strikeouts.
Florida took a 1-0 lead early and that advantage would hold until the fifth when the Hurricanes struck. In the Florida first, Adam Davis singled up the middle before C.J. Smith drew a walk putting two Gators aboard for Ben Harrison. Harrison hit a seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield driving home Davis with the first run of the contest in the first inning. With just one out the Gators had two more chances to score more in the first but a pair of groundouts ended the inning.
Falkenbach would retire 11 of the first 12 batters he faced as just two Miami batters reached second in the first four innings. He would keep the Hurricanes scoreless for the first four innings before Miami took the lead 2-1 in the fifth.
Roger Tomas hit a one out single to center before Richard Giannotti provided the go ahead runs. Falkenbach fell behind in the count to Giannotti 3-0 before the number nine hitter took advantage of being ahead in the count and took a 3-1 Falkenbach pitch out of park in left center field.
After the two fifth inning runs he would keep Miami off the board until the eighth when Miami got a two run lead after a sacrifice fly. Adam Ricks led off the eighth with a single and was sacrificed to second. Ricks them moved to third on a costly wild pitch before Jim Burt delivered the fly ball to right field that easily plated Ricks with the third Miami run.
Florida was one of six teams from the SEC playing in Super Regional action. Three league teams (Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas) have already advanced to the College World Series while a fourth (LSU) needs one more victory against Texas A&M to clinch a berth in the event.
6/13/03 Season Over
6/13/02 Season Over
6/13/01 Season Over
6/13/00 Season Over
6/13/99 Season Over
1918 Phillies and Cards tie 8-8 in 19 innings
1921 Yanks' pitcher Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs beating Tigers 11-8
1937 Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs against St Louis Browns
1947 1st night game at Fenway Park (Red Sox 5, White Sox 3)
1948 Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th
1957 Ted Williams becomes 1st ALer to have 2, 3-HR games in a season
1973 Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)
1988 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow
1988 Boston Red Sox are 10 games back in AL, & go on to win AL East
1991 The National, 1st all-sports daily newspaper, ceases publication
1994 Chicago Cub 2nd baseman Ryne Sandberg, retires due to poor play, he forfeits $15.7 million of his $25 million contract
1995 Indians' Dennis Martínez no-hits Balt 11-0
2012 San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise's history against the Houston Astros
1922 Mel Parnell [Melvin], Major League Baseball pitcher
1939 Tom Cheek, American baseball player
1941 Marcel Lachemann, American baseball player
1962 Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)
6/14/17 Next 6/18 CWS TCU
6/14/16 Next 6/19 CWS Coastal Carolina
6/14/15 Next 6/15 CWS Virginia
6/14/14 Season Over
6/14/13 Season Over
6/14/12 Next 6/16 CWS So Carolina
6/14/11 Next 6/18 CWS Texas
6/14/10 Next 6/19 CWS UCLA
6/14/09 Season Over
6/14/08 Season Over
6/14/07 Season Over
6/14/06 Season Over
6/14/05 DNP Next CWS Tenn 6/17
6/14/04 Season Over
6/14/03 Season Over
6/14/02 Season Over
6/14/01 Season Over
6/14/00 Season Over
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1870 All-pro Cincinnati Red Stockings suffer 1st loss in 130 games
1933 Lou Gehrig & Joe McCarthy thrown out of game, McCarthy suspended 3 games but Gehrig isn't, so he continues his streak at 1,249 games
1952 Braves Warren Spahn ties NL record of Jim Whitney with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in 15-inning, 3-1 loss
1963 NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
1965 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney no-hits NY Mets but loses in 11, 1-0
1966 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball
1969 Oakland As' Reggie Jackson gets 10 RBIs to beat Red Sox 21-7
1974 Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 12 innings
1979 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record
1985 Earl Weaver comes out of retirement to manage Balt Orioles
1989 Nolan Ryan becomes 2nd pitcher to defeat all 26 teams
2000 Greg Maddux makes his 387th putout, breaking Jack Morris' career record
1926 Don Newcombe, baseball player
Sorta felt my heart racing with some excitement re-reading these....re-living the moments!
Should break this thread up into weekly snippets- this week in gator baseball....and just re-post them each year. It’s great to have an active running history!
I like the idea of looking back, let me think about how to do something like you suggest, the daily items I have been posting come from the UF Baseball history, looking at the schedule and results portion and then getting the info from those, they don't have a UF on this day that I can find, I have been trying to figure out some way to continue because the games will be over in a week or so. Looking back provides a perspective a lot of our younger fans don't yet have. I'd like to be able to get info from the days I was at UF in the mid/late 60's Baseball Coach Dave Fuller was my PE Coach (back then it was required for at least 2 trimester). Back in the days that other than Football and Basketball Coaches were expected to teach. If you get an idea don't be shy about sharing it with me
Wonder if the Gainesville Sun or the alligator has anything archived? Microfiche? I bet UF might have old papers archived or on microfiche. Would take some research time. Transposing or copying....($$). Heck, maybe compile it all, write a book. Gator baseball now is approaching the levels where it’s history might be worth publishing?
I'll think a while then see what I can find, thanks for the positive feedback
Might do something like they are doing over on the nuttin’ but net forum...or like last year: a contest that drafts the best gator players...or name the best at each position....the participants do the research and then state the reasons why they think a certain gator player should be nominated, or drafted, etc....
6/15/17 Next 6/18 CWS TCU
6/15/16 Next 6/19 CWS Coastal Carolina
6/15/15 L 0-1 CWS Virginia/ They kept stepping into the batter's box and then, after Virginia starter Brandon Waddell threw yet another thorny pitch to a spot difficult to hit, the Florida hitters trotted back to the dugout and envisioned a different outcome in their next at-bat.
The next trip to the plate yielded nothing better than the previous one in the Gators' 1-0 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night in the College World Series. "He was good,'' Gators second baseman Dalton Guthrie said. "He made it tough on us. He was throwing a change-up and curveballs in weird counts, and he wasn't missing."
A glimmer of hope surfaced in the top of the eighth inning when Guthrie fought off an 0-2 count to draw a leadoff walk. Ryan Larson followed with a single and Guthrie raced to third.
Virginia (41-22) broke a scoreless tie in the sixth when Robbie Coman's sacrifice fly scored Matt Thaiss for the game's only run.
With outs starting to vanish for the Gators (50-17) to avoid a loss into the loser's bracket and a rematch with Miami on Wednesday, Harrison Bader stepped to the plate against Cavaliers closer Josh Sborz, who replaced Waddell following Larson's single.
Bader smoked a line drive that appeared on its way to center field to tie the game.
Instead, Sborz reached out and knocked down the ball as his glove dropped to the turf. Sborz remained composed, collected the baseball, looked toward third to hold Guthrie, and threw to second to retire Larson.
He then retired Richie Martin on a soft liner to second and Josh Tobias on a grounder to second. Inning over, threat over, and Florida's 10-game winning streak over.
"Harrison put a really good swing on the ball,'' Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "Sborz did a nice job, kept his composure and got the out at second. It's just one of those things. If the ball gets through it's a totally different ballgame."
The Gators managed only two hits Monday as their 10-game winning streak came to an end.
Sborz retired the Gators quietly in the ninth for his 15th save, sending the Gators into another meeting with in-state rival Miami. The two programs had never met in the CWS until Florida's 15-3 victory on Saturday.
Now the Gators and Hurricanes will meet for the second time in five days thanks to Waddell's sharpest outing of the season.
The 6-foot-3 junior left-hander, who pitched a complete game against Vanderbilt to force a third game in the CWS championship series a year ago, surrendered just two hits over seven shutout innings against a Florida team that batted .338 during its 10-game win streak. He walked three and struck out three to outduel Gators starter A.J. Puk (5 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts).
"When big games come around, he's ready,'' said Thaiss, Virginia's catcher.
Other than Larson's eighth-inning single, the only hit Waddell allowed was an infield single by Gators first baseman Pete Alonso to lead off the second. He then retired 12 consecutive Gators to establish the night's tone.
Puk escaped a shaky first inning when he walked two Cavaliers to match Waddell in an intense pitcher's duel. Puk retired nine consecutive batters until Thaiss stroked a one-out single in the sixth.
Kenny Towns followed with a single and Pavin Smith chopped an infield single to load the bases, prompting O'Sullivan to walk to the mound to replace Puk with reliever Taylor Lewis. The first batter Lewis faced was Coman, who lifted a sacrifice fly to center that stood as the winning run.
"It was a heck of a ballgame,'' O'Sullivan said. "Both teams played at a very high level. Both starting pitchers were outstanding. We didn't give them anything. They earned it."
The Gators quickly turned their focus to Wednesday and the road ahead to stay alive in Omaha. Virginia is now off until Friday, awaiting the winner of the Florida-Miami rematch.
The Gators must win their next three games to advance to the championship series, which starts June 22. Prior to Monday the Gators had not lost since a 7-6 setback against Arkansas on May 20 in their first game of the SEC Tournament.
The Gators stormed back to win four in a row and claim the tournament title. They plan to carry the same mindset into the rest of their games here.
"It's good to know we're not out of it because we've done it before,'' Guthrie said. "We've won big games against good teams consecutively, so we don't think we're out of it. We've got to win three games to get into the championship series, so we plan on making it happen."
The Hurricanes eliminated Arkansas with a dramatic 4-3 victory in the early game Monday. Miami's Jacob Heyward scored pinch-runner Carl Chester with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.
Miami rebounded from its worst postseason loss in school history -- Florida's 11-run fourth inning turned a close game into a rout -- to stay alive.
"Big win for our team,'' Hurricanes coach Jim Morris said. "Florida's been hot. We've just got to be ready to play."
The good news for the Gators is that Waddell won't be pitching.
"Sometimes you've just got to credit the pitcher," O'Sullivan said. "I'm not going to fault our guys. We ran across a really good pitcher that located his pitches tonight and didn't give us a whole lot.
"We'll just have to work our way through the loser's bracket. We've done it before. Obviously everybody is disappointed right now, but we've got no choice but to move forward."
6/15/14 Season Over
6/15/13 Season Over
6/15/12 Next 6/16 CWS So Carolina
6/15/11 Next 6/18 CWS Texas
6/15/10 Next 6/19 CWS UCLA
6/15/09 Season Over
6/15/08 Season Over
6/15/07 Season Over
6/15/06 Season Over
6/15/05 DNP Next CWS Tenn 6/17
6/15/04 Season Over
6/15/03 Season Over
6/15/02 Season Over
6/15/01 Season Over
6/15/00 Season Over
6/15/99 Season Over
1887 NY Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1
1894 Phillies beat Cincinnati Reds, 21-8
1902 Minor League's most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game
1928 Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th & final time
1931 Eddie Collins & Harry Heilmann retire from baseball
1938 1st night game at Brooklyn Ebbets Field (Reds 6, Dodgers 0) as Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer hurls unprecedented 2nd consecutive no-hitter
1948 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A's (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)
1962 Phillies score 10 runs in an inning against Reds en route to 13-8 win
1963 SF Giants Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0
1965 Denny McLain in relief strikesout 1st 7 batters faced & record 14 in 6 2/3 innings, Bill Freehan ties catcher record of 19 putouts
1969 Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon
1976 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
1977 NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry
1980 Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game
1983 Cards trade Keith Hernandez to Mets for Neil Allen & Rick Ownbey
1989 Balt Orioles pull their 9th triple play (vs Yankees)
1994 NY Giants cut quarterback Phil Simms
1925 Gene Baker, baseball player
1938 Billy Williams, baseball player (Cubs)
1942 Bruce DalCanton, baseball player
1946 Ken Henderson, baseball player
1948 Champ Summers, baseball player
1949 Dusty Baker, baseball player
1956 Lance Parrish, baseball player
1957 Brett Butler, MLB center fielder
1958 Wade Boggs, Nebraska, Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman (AL bat champ 1985-88)
1972 Andrew Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees)
1972 Tony Clark, Newton KS, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
1978 Zach Day, American baseball player
1981 Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
1984 Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
In 1977 I thought the Mets had lost their mind when they traded Tom Seaver to the Reds--
I met him when I was on FHP at a gas station on I-75 in Hamilton Co. He was on his way to ST--he introduced his wife and 2 daughters to me as we stood there talking for about 5-6 minutes--I was impressed with his character--
Did you catch his fastball on the radar gun?
6/16/17 Next 6/18 CWS TCU
6/16/16 Next 6/19 CWS Coastal Carolina
6/16/15 Next CWS Miami 6/17
6/16/14 Season Over
6/16/13 Season Over
6/16/12 L 3 - 7 So Carolina/ South Carolina (46-17) overcame a 2-0 deficit with a five-run fifth inning on its way to a 7-3 victory over Florida (47-19) in front of 25,291 fans on Saturday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha to complete the second day of the 66th NCAA College World Series. With their 22nd-straight NCAA Tournament victory, including 12 in a row at the CWS, the Gamecocks advance to meet SEC rival Arkansas (45-20) on Monday night in the winner's bracket contest at 9 p.m. Meanwhile, the Gators will face Kent State (46-19) in an elimination game at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Sophomore Erik Payne (1-for-4) delivered a bases-clearing three-run triple, while junior LB Dantzler (2-for-5, two runs) had an RBI double and junior Chase Vergason (2-for-5) added a run-scoring single in the fifth-inning outburst that helped USC seize control of the contest. Senior Michael Roth (8-1) scattered seven hits and yielded three runs over 6.1 innings to pick up the victory and was followed to the mound by junior Tyler Webb (0.2 IP) and senior Matt Price, who notched three strikeouts and gave up two hits over two scoreless innings to collect his 12th save of the year. Gator junior left-hander Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) (8-5) surrendered eight hits and five runs over four-plus innings to take the loss.
South Carolina loaded the bases against Johnson in the first inning but came away empty-handed. Junior Evan Marzilli (2-for-4) reached on a one-out error by junior first baseman Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) and junior Christian Walker (2-for-4, two runs) followed with a single through the right side of the infield for a pair of Gamecocks aboard. Johnson struck out senior Adam Matthews and USC executed a double steal for two runners in scoring position. Payne walked on four pitches to fill the bags and Johnson worked out of trouble with a key strikeout of Dantzler.
In the bottom of the frame, junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk from Roth and the left-hander responded by having senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) ground into a 5-6-3 double play and junior Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) strike out.
Vergason poked a one-out single into right field in the second and was sacrificed to second by junior Dante Rosenberg before Johnson had freshman Joey Pankake fly out to Tucker in right field.
In the next Gators' turn at the plate, senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) walked with one down but was thrown out at second trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt. Soon after, Roth had freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) hit a comebacker to mound to retire the side.
Marzilli doubled off of the right-field wall to begin the third for South Carolina and went to third base on a fly ball to straightaway center field by Walker. Johnson fanned Matthews for the second time in the contest and had Payne fly out to center field to keep the game scoreless.
Tucker (2-for-5) provided the Gators with a 2-0 lead in the home part of the inning with a two-out, two-run double into left field. Freshman Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (2-for-4) delivered UF's first hit with a leadoff single to right field and Ramjit followed with a base-hit into left center to put the Gators in business. Freshman Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) popped up a bunt attempt to Roth and a fielder's choice by Fontana erased Ramjit at second base. With runners on the corners and two down, Tucker sent Roth's initial offering into left field for his 17th double, bringing home Shafer and scoring Fontana all the way from first base. After Zunino was walked intentionally, Johnson grounded out to Roth to complete the stanza.
The Gamecocks put their first two runners aboard in the fourth but were held at bay by Johnson. Dantzler led off with a single up the middle and freshman Tanner English (2-for-3) won an 11-pitch at bat against Johnson by drawing a walk. Johnson fielded a bunt by Vergason and threw out Danzler at third base and then caught freshman pinch hitter Grayson Greiner looking on strikes for the second out. Pigott made an over the shoulder catch in center field on a ball hit by Pankake to preserve the Gators' two-run advantage.
South Carolina exploded for five runs on five hits in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Payne. Marzilli doubled to right center to open the inning and went to third on a single by Walker. Matthews walked to load the bases with none out and Payne emptied them with a triple to the base of the wall in left center. Dantzler doubled off the wall in center to give USC a 4-2 lead and prompt a pitching change. Senior Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.) replaced Johnson (4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 K, 3 BB) and English laid down a sacrifice bunt to push Dantzler to third base. Vergason plated his teammate with a single into shallow center field and was thrown out by Pigott trying to stretch the hit into a double.
Zunino's school-record 11th sacrifice fly of the campaign in the bottom of the inning narrowed the gap to 5-3. Tobias opened with a single into left field and Fontana was hit by a pitch before a grounder by Tucker advanced both of his teammates. Zunino flew out to left field to bring home Tobias and Roth had Johnson ground out to end the inning.
Pankake started the sixth with a sharp single into left field, ending the night for Larson (1.0 IP, 2 H). Marzilli greeted freshman Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) with a sacrifice bunt that moved Pankake into scoring position and the rookie was replaced by sophomore Keenan Kish (Worcester, Pa.). The right-hander had Walker ground out and had Matthews line out to Fontana to hold the deficit at two runs.
Ramjit started the Gator seventh with a single into right field and Tobias followed with a base-hit into left field. Fontana sacrificed the runners to second and third and South Carolina made a pitching change, bringing in Webb for Roth (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 K, 3 BB). The lefty had Tucker fly out to left field on the first pitch and then walked Zunino intentionally for the second time in the contest to load the bases. The move paid off when Webb induced an inning-ending fly out to right field by Johnson to protect the two-run margin.
Kish set down the Gamecocks in order in the eighth, with a pair of strikeouts, and Price entered the game for Webb in the bottom of the inning. Marzilli made a phenomenal catch to deny Pigott of a leadoff hit, then Price struck out Turgeon and Shafer.
Aided by a pair of errors, the Gamecocks tacked on two runs in the ninth to finalize the 7-3 count. Walker drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second by Matthews. A wild pitch from Kish (3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 K) pushed Walker to third and junior Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen. The southpaw uncorked a wild pitch that enabled Walker to score for a three-run lead for the Gamecocks. Rodriguez struck out Payne and committed an error on a ball hit by Dantzler before English reached on an infield hit for two runners aboard. A throwing error by Ramjit on Vergason's grounder allowed Dantzler to score and USC to have runners on second and third. Freshman Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) replaced Rodriguez (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R) and walked Greiner before having a grounder by Pankake force Greiner at second base.
South Carolina had a 12-9 advantage in hits and did not commit any errors.
6/16/11 Next 6/18 CWS Texas
6/16/10 Next 6/19 CWS UCLA
6/16/09 Season Over
6/16/08 Season Over
6/16/07 Season Over
6/16/06 Season Over
6/16/05 DNP Next CWS Tenn 6/17
6/16/04 Season Over
6/16/03 Season Over
6/16/02 Season Over
6/16/01 Season Over
6/16/00 Season Over
6/16/99 Season Over
1883 1st baseball "Ladies' Day" (NY Gothams beat Cleve Spiders 5-2)
1903 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over White Sox
1909 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals
1938 Boston Red Sox Jimmie Foxx is walked a record 6 consecutive times by St Louis Browns
1957 White Sox reliever Dixie Howell hits 2 HRs to beat Washington Senators 8-6
1977 Ron Guidry's 1st complete game, 7-0 over KC Royals
1978 Cincinnati Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0
1979 Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit
1988 Boston Red Sox Barrett steals home
1991 Minnesota Twins win a team record 15 games in a row
1992 Colorado Rockies 1st minor league team's (Bend Oregon in Class A) game
1992 Red Sox Mark Reardon sets record of 342 saves (vs Yanks 1-0)
1995 Marlins outfielder Andre Dawson hits his 400th NL career HR (429)
1925 Richard Jacobs, philanthropist/sports owner (Cleveland Indians)
1933 Ken Johnson, MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, born in West Palm Beach, Florida
1948 Ron LeFlore, baseball player
1962 Wally Joyner, baseball player
1969 Kevin Young, Alpena MI, infielder (KC Royals)
1971 Chris Gomez, American baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Los Angeles, California
1977 Kerry Wood, American baseball player
6/17/17 Next 6/18 CWS TCU
6/17/16 Next 6/19 CWS Coastal Carolina
6/17/15 W 10 - 2 CWS The Gators are clearly not ready for their season to end. They told Miami that very loudly Wednesday night at the College World Series by clubbing not one, not two, not three, but four home runs in a 10-2 pounding of the Hurricanes. The Gators faced an obstacle on Wednesday night unlike any other this season.
They confronted the potential end of their season at the College World Series against in-state rival Miami.
They did so with a freshman starter on the mound and a lineup that produced only two hits in a demoralizing loss to Virginia two nights earlier.
"We're at a stage now where we're fighting for our lives,'' outfielder Harrison Bader said.
If the Gators put up the kind of fight they did in a 10-2 victory over the Hurricanes, opposing pitchers better duck for cover.
In a ballpark known as a pitcher's paradise, Florida (51-17) blasted four home runs to loudly state they wish to stay here longer. The Gators' victory sent Miami (50-17) home.
Bader needed to see only four pitches from Miami starter Enrique Sosa to give Florida an early lead, crushing a 1-2 offering from Sosa into the center-field stands at TD Ameritrade Park, which had yielded only six home runs over the last two CWS.
Four batters later, after JJ Schwarz singled with two outs, Buddy Reed homered into the right-field seats to put Florida in front 3-0.
Before Gators starter Alex Faedo threw a pitch, he had a comfortable lead to help calm his nerves in front of an announced crowd of 24,003, quite a few more spectators than he saw in the stands last season at Alonso High in Tampa.
He struck out the side in the first inning.
"I felt great,'' Faedo said. "Having a good solid inning like that really gave me confidence."
With Faedo limiting Miami to three hits and two runs (one earned) over five-plus innings -- he struck out a career-high seven and walked four -- the lineup returned to life after getting shut out Monday to lift the Gators to their 11th win in 13 postseason games.
The Gators advance to face Virginia on Friday in a rematch of their 1-0 loss on Monday. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes depart Omaha glad they don't have to face Florida's homer-happy lineup again until next season.
"They beat us in every area,'' Miami coach Jim Morris said. "They outpitched us, outhit us, outplayed us as a team."
In the first meetings between the longtime rivals at the CWS, the Gators outscored Miami, 25-5. Florida improved to 8-0 against the Hurricanes in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Kevin O'Sullivan, and for the fourth time over that span, ended Miami's season.
After the explosive first inning, the Gators added four runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double from Jeremy Vasquez, and tacked on another run in the sixth on shortstop Richie Martin's solo homer.
They weren't finished clearing the fence at TDAP.
First baseman Pete Alonso capped the Gators' offensive outburst by hitting the longest home run in TD Ameritrade Park history, a 421-foot, two-run shot to center to boost the Gators' lead back to eight runs in the seventh.
Miami trimmed the lead to 8-2 with a pair of runs in the sixth.
Prior to Wednesday, no team had ever hit more than two home runs in a single game at TDAP, which opened in 2011 when the CWS moved from hitter-friendly Rosenblatt Stadium.
In fact, there had never been a game at TDAP to feature three home runs. Martin changed that with his solo homer, and then Alonso crushed Florida's fourth long ball.
"It all got started offensively for us,'' O'Sullivan said. "I thought that kind of set the tone. The most important thing is I was really pleased with how we responded from a tough loss."
One swing by Bader, who now has four home runs in 13 postseason games, served as a preview of what was to come.
Bader did the same thing in the SEC Tournament championship game when he led off with a solo homer against Vanderbilt.
"That first at-bat is really just about seeing as many pitches as you can,'' Bader said. "To be able to do that in the first at-bat of the game sets the tone. That's my only goal when I'm going to the plate. You don't necessarily need to hit a bomb. Anything you can do to make some noise in your first at-bat of the game."
The noise never stopped for the Gators, who in two victories against Miami here, pounded 28 hits and forced Morris to go to his bullpen 12 times.
Meanwhile, Faedo improved to 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament and the Gators improved to 11-1 in games started by him this season. With their season on the line, O'Sullivan had no hesitation is starting the freshman right-hander.
"He's always thrown strikes," O'Sullivan said. "He is a very calm, even-keeled kid. He has shown time and time again that he's very much in control of his emotions. There was no pep talk. I didn't even go through the lineup with him."
While Bader's 16th homer of the season and Reed's fourth helped Faedo relax early, the rare home runs at TDAP also helped him focus.
"After Bader hit his I saw the wind was blowing out,'' Faedo said. "I was like, 'oh man, I've got a history of giving up home runs. I've got to keep the ball down.' I wasn't too worried about it. I just knew that if executed I would be fine."
Faedo did his job. The lineup definitely came to work.
Now the Gators hope to keep the momentum for the rest of their stay in Omaha.
Florida must defeat Virginia back-to-back on Friday and Saturday to earn a berth in the CWS championship series, which opens June 22. "It gives us a motivation, a little edge,'' Reed said. "You don't want to go home."
6/17/14 Season Over
6/17/13 Season Over
6/17/12 Next CWS 6/18 Kent state
6/17/11 Next 6/18 CWS Texas
6/17/10 Next 6/19 CWS UCLA
6/17/09 Season Over
6/17/08 Season Over
6/17/07 Season Over
6/17/06 Season Over
6/17/05 CWS W 6 - 4 Tenn In front of 21,546 fans on Friday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium, the University of Florida baseball team scored five runs in the first six innings off Tennessee All-American Luke Hochevar and held on to win the opening game of the 2005 College World Series, 6-4. The Gators (46-20) improved to a perfect 6-0 in the NCAA Tournament and handed the Vols (46-20) their first setback in NCAA action. ***** Junior Alan Horne (Marianna, Fla.) (10-2) claimed his ninth-straight decision by limiting the Vols to one earned run over six innings.***** Senior Mike Pete (Brandon, Fla.) threw two scoreless frames before junior Darren O'Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) recorded the final out for his seventh save of the year.
The win was the first for a Florida team at the CWS since 1996 and put it into the winner's bracket to face the victor of tonight's Arizona State-Nebraska game on Sunday at 7 p.m. That contest will be aired live on ESPN2.
After Horne struck out the side to start the game, Florida drew first blood on an RBI fielder's choice by sophomore Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.). Senior Jeff Corsaletti (Port Charlotte, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a throwing error by freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia. A grounder by sophomore Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) pushed Corsaletti to third and sophomore Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) was hit by a pitch to give the Gators runners on the corners. Jeroloman's ground ball to second base brought Corsaletti across with the first run and forced LaPorta at second before freshman Brandon McArthur's (Seffner, Fla.) fielder's choice ended the inning.
UF had runners at second and third with one down in the second but could not take advantage of the situation. Sophomore Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) singled up the middle and junior Justin Tordi (Orlando, Fla.) poked a double over freshman left fielder Julio Borbon's head. Hochevar responded by jamming junior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.) on a pop-up to second and struck out Corsaletti.
Although Tennessee mounted two threats in the third, it was not able to get on the board. Senior Alex Suarez walked to begin the inning and junior Josh Alley lined into a double play to Davis. Senior Eric King legged out an infield hit and Arencibia earned a base on balls. Horne had Chase Headley force Arencibia at second with a grounder to end the stanza.
With one down in the bottom of the inning, LaPorta sent a 0-1 offering from Hochevar into the left-field bleachers for a 2-0 Gator lead. The slugger's 25th round-tripper of the campaign tied Clemson's Kris Harvey and Birmingham-Southern's Adam Tucker for the top spot nationally.
The Vols put two more runners aboard in the fourth but did not score. Senior Rob Fitzgerald walked with one out before junior Michael Rivera flew out to right. Borbon punched a single into right and Horne responded by having Suarez force Borbon at second with a grounder to Tordi at shortstop.
The Gators expanded their lead to 4-0 in the fourth on two runs, one hit and an error. Tordi was hit by a pitch with one out, Barton followed with an infield hit and Corsaletti walked to load the bases. A fielding error by Suarez on Davis' grounder to first allowed Tordi to score and LaPorta followed with a sacrifice fly to center for the fourth run.
Helped by a UF fielding miscue, Tennessee narrowed the gap to 4-1 in the fifth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by junior Eli Iorg. Alley drew a leadoff walk and King singled before a fielder's choice by Arencibia forced Iorg at third base. Soon after, Headley lofted a fly ball into left field that glanced off Dickey's glove to fill the sacks. Iorg plated King with a sac fly and Horne answered with a punch-out of Fitzgerald to end the inning.
Florida tacked on another run in the fifth but was deprived of an even bigger frame when Iorg robbed Davis of a potential grand slam with a leaping grab at the right-field wall. Sophomore Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) walked with one down, Dickey stroked a base-hit into right field and Tordi dragged a bunt to load the bases. A sac fly to right field by Barton made the count 5-1 and Davis tagged a 1-1 pitch deep to right that Iorg tracked down in impressive fashion to strand the runners.
Jeroloman provided the Gators with a 6-1 cushion in the sixth when he cranked his eighth homer of the year over the right-field wall. Iorg had taken away possible extra-bases from LaPorta with another acrobatic catch against the wall to start the inning.
Tennessee rallied with three runs on three hits and a UF error in the seventh to cut the deficit to 6-4. Horne issued a walk to Alley to start the frame and was replaced by senior Connor Falkenbach (Parkland, Fla.). King greeted the reliever with a double down the left-field line to move Alley to third and Arencibia followed with an RBI grounder. Headley brought the Vols within two runs with a two-run shot over the wall in right, his 14th dinger of the campaign. After a groundout by Iorg, Fitzgerald stroked a base-hit into right and moved into scoring position with his sixth stolen base of the season. Tordi committed an error on Rivera's grounder to give UT runners on first and third, ending the afternoon for Falkenbach (0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R). Senior Mike Pete (Brandon, Fla.) came in and had junior Kelly Edmundson force Rivera at second with a ground ball to Tordi.
Hochevar allowed Dickey a free pass to start the Gator seventh, prompting a Tennessee pitching change. The 2005 SEC Pitcher of the Year allowed eight hits and six runs (four earned), with five walks and three strikeouts. Tordi executed a sacrifice bunt against sophomore Sean Watson to push Dickey to second and Barton walked on four pitches. The right-hander whiffed Corsaletti and had Davis tap out to second to prevent any runs from coming across.
The Gators loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning via three walks off Watson, but Tordi grounded into a fielder's choice to third to end yet another scoring threat for Florida. That put the Gators' total of runners left on base to 14 as the game entered the final frame.
Pete retired Headley on a comebacker to begin the ninth, but a fielding error by Tordi, his second of the game, put Iorg on base with one out. Fitzgerald then laced a shot down to third base and freshman Matt Gaski (Greensboro, N.C.), a defensive replacement, made a diving stop, got to his feet quickly and fired a strike to second to force out Iorg. McMahon then made his final pitching change of the afternoon, calling upon O'Day to close the door on the Vols. The right-hander had Rivera ground out to Tordi, who flipped the ball to Davis covering second to end the contest.
Florida and Tennessee wound up with an identical total of eight hits and left a total of 26 runners on base. For the Gators, Dickey and Tordi chipped in two hits apiece, while LaPorta and Jeroloman each drove in two runs. King was 4-for-5 and scored two runs for the Vols, while Headley was 2-for-5 and recorded two RBI. UF and UT have now split four meetings this year.
6/17/04 Season Over
6/17/03 Season Over
6/17/02 Season Over
6/17/01 Season Over
6/17/00 Season Over
6/17/99 Season Over
Thanks for the memories--Let's go get'em today Gators!
1930 Chuck Klein sets Phillies hitting streak at 26 straight games
1943 Player-manager Joe Cronin of Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch home runs
1953 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
1960 Ted Williams hit his 500th HR
2003 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published
1861 Pete Browning, American baseball player
1948 David Concepcion, Venezuela, all star shortstop
1965 Mike Magnante, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Glendale, California