Florida Baseball Falls to Golf Coast Despite Run in 8th
Published February 28th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – FGCU sophomore right-hander Michael Murray (2-0) carried a shutout into the eighth inning and the Eagles (6-3) plated a pair of unearned runs to down No. 23 Florida (5-4), 2-1, on Thursday night at McKethan Stadium.
Over 7.1 innings, Murray scattered seven hits, registered four strikeouts and yielded an unearned run before redshirt sophomore Brady Anderson recorded the final five outs to secure his third save. In his second career start, freshman righty Logan Shore (Coon Rapids, Minn.) (0-1) posted Gator season-highs in strikeouts (7) and innings pitched (6.0) but suffered the defeat, as the hosts committed a season-high four errors.
FGCU seized a 1-0 lead on a one-out RBI double in the third inning by redshirt freshman Jake Noll (2-for-4, two RBI). After Shore retired the leadoff batter, redshirt junior Alex Diaz reached on a fielding error by freshman first baseman A.J. Puk (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Noll followed with a double to left field to score Diaz and took third on the relay home. Shore responded with consecutive strikeouts to strand the runner.
Noll provided the Eagles with a 2-0 advantage in the fifth with an RBI single. Redshirt junior Gage Morey opened the frame with a single and went to second on an error by freshman center fielder Buddy Reed (Finksburg, Md.). Diaz sacrificed Morey to third base and Noll collected his second RBI of the night with a base-hit to left field.
In the eighth, sophomore Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) (2-for-4) legged out a bunt and junior Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (2-for-4) singled through the right side to cause a pitching change with one down. Anderson replaced Murray and a passed ball enabled the Gators to have a pair of runners in scoring position. The reliever struck out junior Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) and junior Braden Mattson (San Antonio, Texas) cut the hosts’ deficit in half with an infield single that brought home Martin. With runners on the corners, Anderson had a fielder’s choice by junior Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) force Mattson at second base for the final out.
Although freshman Peter Alonso (Tampa, Fla.) opened the ninth with a single, the Gators were unable to plate the equalizer. Another bright spot for UF was the performance of sophomore Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.), who struck out three batters over two innings or scoreless and hitless relief.
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