Weather suspends series opener against Tigers
Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11:39 p.m.
Due to severe weather, Florida's opener with No. 9 LSU was suspended until today with the Gators leading 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth.
LSU vs. Florida, 2 p.m., ESPNU, 103.7 FM
The game will resume 30 minutes after today's regularly scheduled 2 p.m. game.
Before the weather poured in, Florida had all the momentum. The sixth-ranked Gators (28-11, 12-6 SEC) cranked out 11 hits, including a triple and a home run.
Florida's offensive explosion began early and started from an unlikely bat.
Entering the weekend, Florida second baseman Josh Adams was batting just .224 and was coming off a weekend in which he was 2 of 11 at the plate. Adams momentarily stepped out of his slump in the bottom of the second with a three-run home run to left off LSU starter Anthony Ranaudo (2-1, 6.35 ERA) to put the Gators up 4-0. It was Adams' seventh homer of the season.
Ranaudo's pitching wasn't the only thing roughed up in the second. Just before Adams went deep, Gators outfielder Tyler Thompson hit a line-drive off Ranaudo's left shin. Ranaudo limped around and threw a few warm-up pitches before returning to the mound to face Adams. After finishing out the inning, the right-hander was pulled for Joey Bourgeois.
Ranaudo went two innings, giving up four earned runs off six hits on just 37 pitches.
Bourgeois didn't fare much better in the third. After striking out first baseman Preston Tucker to start the inning, he gave up back-to-back singles to freshmen Austin Maddox and Brian Johnson. Two batters later freshman catcher Mike Zunino drove in Maddox with a single to center. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Thompson then cleared the bases with his second triple of the season, putting Florida up 7-0.
Florida lefty Alex Panteliodis kept the struggling Tigers (32-10, 11-7 SEC), who have lost four straight, from gaining any momentum with a solid performance on the mound Friday. He threw five scoreless innings, striking out two and giving up four hits.
Florida freshman Hudson Randall (4-3, 3.65) will start opposite an LSU pitcher to be announced in today's first game. It is unknown who will throw first for either team in the second game.
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