UF drops series to Auburn
Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 4:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Less than a day after needing a late homer to steal a win from Auburn, the long ball came back to haunt Florida in its second straight SEC series loss.
The Gators close their regular season with a three-game series at Georgia beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Following four scoreless innings, the Tigers (31-20, 11-16 SEC) found home runs from two different players and forced the Gators (28-25-13-14 SEC) to use four pitchers in Auburn's 4-1 series-clinching victory on Sunday.
In the sixth inning, Florida made two pitching changes to replace starter Eric Hanhold, who allowed Auburn to open scoring in the fifth with a soaring solo homer to left by Damek Tomscha.
While Hanhold gave up four hits and struck out two, UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan had to dig deep into his bullpen to find relief after Tomscha's leadoff blast — his team-high seventh of the season.
After freshman Jay Carmichael put runners on second and first to open the six, he was pulled for lefty reliever Danny Young, who promptly let Ryan Tella send a three-run shot over right field to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
Tella's home run was just his third all season for Auburn but his second of the series against Florida's pitchers.
The Gators, meanwhile, struggled to find offense on seven hits until Casey Turgeon's RBI double in the eighth inning that scored Richie Martin.
Florida squandered a bases loaded opportunity later in the inning, when Josh Tobias, who hit a game-winning homer Saturday night against Auburn, grounded out to second to end the Gators' threat.