Gators go 15 innings to extend streak
Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A fielder's choice by Casey Turgeon brought home Harrison Bader with the eventual winning run in the 15th inning Saturday as Florida extended its winning streak to eight games and clinched the weekend series over Missouri with a 4-3 win.
Who: Florida (22-18, 10-7 SEC) at Missouri (12-22, 4-13)
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Taylor Stadium, Columbia, Mo.
Gainesville-area radio: 103.7 FM
UF's bullpen tossed 12.2 scoreless innings, with sophomore Bobby Poyner (2-0) earning the decision. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi induced a game-ending groundout with Tiger runners on second and third base to end the game and nail down his 11th save, two shy of the school's single-season mark shared by Danny Wheeler (1994) and Josh Fogg (1998).
With the game deadlocked at 3 in the 15th, Bader reached on a one-out fielding error by Missouri junior third baseman Shane Segovia. Senior Cody Dent followed with a base hit and freshman Richie Martin drew a walk to load the bases with one down. Turgeon's grounder to second base drove in Bader with the go-ahead run, completing a comeback from a 3-0 deficit for the Gators (22-18, 10-7 SEC).
Magliozzi replaced Poyner to begin the bottom of the frame and issued a one-out walk to junior Dylan Kelly, who was replaced by sophomore pinch-runner Nick Moore. After junior Kendall Keeton flew out to center field for the second out, senior Scott Sommerfeld ripped a pinch-hit single into center field to keep the Tigers (12-22, 4-13) alive. Although a wild pitch by Magliozzi pushed Moore and Sommerfeld over, the righty had Segovia ground out to secure the club's sixth straight league win.
The teams will complete the series starting at 1 p.m. today. Freshman right-hander Tucker Simpson (1-1, 5.06) will oppose Missouri freshman righty Alec Rash (2-1, 4.57).