Gators even series against Hoosiers
Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:39 p.m.
Following Friday night's series-opening loss to Indiana, Florida sophomore Casey Turgeon noted the Gators needed to clear their heads and come out swinging in the next game.
Who: Indiana (7-3) at Florida (8-8)
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: McKethan Stadium
Gainesville-area radio: AM-850
Saturday, he did just that, having his best career game at the plate with a 4-for-4, three-RBI effort that included the game-winning hit as UF evened its series with Indiana with a come-from-behind 6-4 win.
“It's baseball,” said Turgeon. “You've got 60 games. You've got to come out with a different mindset.”
Fellow sophomore Taylor Gushue went 2-for-4 with an RBI, freshman Kevin Stypulkowski had a key RBI single that broke a 3-all tie in the sixth and reliever Jay Carmichael tossed a career-high 5 2/3 innings of standout relief as the young Gators leveled their record at 8-8 while dropping the Hoosiers to 7-3 and ending their five-game winning streak.
Just like they did Friday, the Hoosiers jumped on UF in their opening at-bat, this time scoring a pair of runs on three hits off freshman starter Tucker Simpson to put UF in an early hole.
Simpson eventually left in the top of the third after allowing the first two batters to reach base on a hit batsmen and a single.
Carmichael came on and was able to minimize the damage after hitting Sam Travis with a pitch to load the bases with nobody out, allowing just one run to score on a sacrifice fly by clean-up hitter Scott Donley before getting Michael Basil to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Carmichael (2-1) earned the win after allowing just three hits before exiting to a standing ovation from the McKethan Stadium crowd of 3,380 with two outs in the eighth.
“I thought Carmichael was outstanding,” UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. “He kind of settled things down for us, and you could tell the team kind of got a lift when he came in.”
Following the big double play, the Gators got to 6-foot-10, 250-pound Indiana starter Aaron Slegers in the bottom of the third.
Josh Tobias and Cody Dent, UF's No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, started it off with back-to-back singles, and both moved up a base on an errant pickoff throw to first by Slegers. Turgeon then doubled to right-center, scoring both runners to make it 3-2.
Two outs later, Gushue greeted IU reliever and loser Luke Harrison (0-1) with a game-tying RBI single to score Turgeon.
The score remained tied until the sixth when Gushue led off with a double to right and scored one out later when Stypulkowski lined a 1-2 pitch from reliever Ryan Halstead for an RBI single to left to give Florida its first lead of the series.
Halstead proceeded to hit Tobias and Dent on consecutive pitches to load the bases, and Turgeon made him pay with another double, this one a two-run liner to right-center that gave UF a 6-3 lead.
“It made pitching a lot more comfortable and took a lot of the weight off,” said Carmichael, a freshman from Cape Coral Mariner. “It's great to pitch with a lead.”
The Hoosiers did plate a single run in the eighth on a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single by Chris Sujka, but reliever Ryan Harris got pinch-hitter Trace Knoblauch to fly out to left with the tying runners on base to end the threat.
UF closer Johnny Magliozzi earned the save, his third, by retiring the Hoosiers in order in the ninth.
“Today was probably the best game we've had as far as we just kind of hung with it,” O'Sullivan said. “It would have been kind of easy for us to fold the tents after falling behind 3-0 and after a tough loss last night, but we battled. The dugout was outstanding. We were into it, and we didn't feel sorry for ourselves.”
The teams meet in the rubber game of the series today at 1 p.m.