Ospreys edge Gators in extras
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:10 a.m.
Senior Corey Bass delivered a one-out double to center field in the 10th inning that scored junior Alex Bacon with the eventual winning run as North Florida dealt Florida a 7-6 loss on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium.
The Gators (3-6) had tied the game in the ninth with a pair of runs to force extra innings.
Bacon began the 10th with an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by freshman Kyle Brooks. Sophomore Ryan Harris (1-1) was called for a balk that pushed Bacon to third and Bass followed with a double to move the Ospreys (6-2) in front. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi came in and plunked senior Joe Wielbruda (2-for-4) and had sophomore Drew Weeks fly out. After a wild pitch advanced both runners, Magliozzi struck out junior Tyler Marincov (2-for-5, two runs) to hold UF's deficit at a run.
In the home part of the inning, sophomore pinch hitter Connor Mitchell reached on a throwing error by Weilbruda to begin the frame. Freshman Corbin Olmsted moved from first base to the mound for sophomore Evan Incinelli (2-0) and Gator freshman Brady Roberson sacrificed Mitchell into scoring position with a bunt. Olmstead struck out freshman pinch hitter Kevin Stypulkowski for the second out and then issued a walk to freshman Richie Martin on a full count. Olmstead notched his first save by having sophomore Casey Turgeon fly out to center field, handing Florida its fifth loss in a row.
“I'm just a little disappointed,” coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. “This is not a time to panic or start pointing fingers; we just have to play better. It's like we're playing back on our heels a little bit, and that's what's disappointing. We spent a lot of time the last few days talking about that issue and we just have to play a little bit better. We're just not playing very well and we need to get it going. We have to learn from our mistakes. We have to move on. We're going to coach them up and be ready to play Miami.”
The Gators will host No. 21 Miami (8-0) in a three-game series starting on Friday night .