Samford and stunned
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Samford sophomore C.K. Irby limited No. 3 Florida to one run and one hit over five innings and the nation's home run leader, senior Brandon Miller (2-for-4), belted a pair of two-run homers as the Bulldogs notched a 12-7 victory on Tuesday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field.
Who: Florida at Auburn
When: 7 p.m.
Radio: 103.7 FM
For the Gators (38-15), senior Preston Tucker was 2-for-3 to match Mark Ellis' school-record total of 319 career hits.
The Bulldogs (34-19) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded, two-out triple by Irby (2-for-5) off of freshman Johnny Magliozzi (4-3). Senior Brad Moss singled through the left side with one out and sophomore Phillip Ervin (2-for-4, two runs) singled into center field with two down before Miller drew a free pass to fill the bases.
Irby helped his own cause with a triple to deep center field that gave Bulldogs a three-run cushion.
A two-run homer by junior Zeth Stone over the right-field wall in the second inning moved the hosts ahead by a 5-0 count. Sophomore Tyler Filliben (3-for-3) legged out a bunt single up the third-base line with one down and Stone followed with his first homer of the season. Consecutive two-out singles by Saxon Butler (2-for-4) and Ervin ended the night for Magliozzi (1.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R). Freshman pitcher Ryan Harris caught Miller looking on strikes to end the frame.
Miller belted his 19th of the season with Butler aboard in the fourth for a 7-0 margin. Butler was hit by a pitch with one out and Miller delivered a homer to left field.
Senior Jeff Moyer began the fifth with the Gators' first hit, a double to left field. A grounder by freshman Josh Tobias pushed Moyer to third and Taylor Gushue put Florida on the board with an RBI grounder.
After Irby worked five strong innings, Tucker greeted senior Joseph Burns in the sixth with a single into left field, bringing him within one of tying Ellis' career mark.
Miller connected on his second homer of the night with two down in the home part of the inning for a 10-2 score.
Junior Mike Zunino brought the Gators within 10-5 in the seventh with a towering three-run blast into the trees overlooking left field.
Florida plated two runs in the ninth on a run-scoring double by Brian Johnson and an RBI single by Daniel Pigott to finalize the 12-7 margin.
The Gators conclude their conference schedule and regular season with a three-game series at Auburn (29-24, 12-15 SEC) beginning on Thursday at 7 p.m.
All three games will be carried on 103.7 FM.