Advertisement
  1. Archive

Florida derails No. 1 Miami

The pressure on the University of Florida baseball team couldn't have been much worse.

The Gators (9-2), ranked third by Baseball America, had dropped their last two games. And before having time to recover from Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Florida State, UF was headed into a two-game series with top-ranked Miami _ a team it hadn't beaten in its last seven games.

But Florida, behind the three-RBI performance of junior catcher Kevin Lewis, stole the Hurricanes' thunder Saturday afternoon en route to a 7-3 victory.

"I'm happy to see our club put the Wednesday game behind us," said UF coach Joe Arnold. "The win restores some confidence."

Miami (7-1) had a season-low five hits and committed three errors.

"They got three walks and scored on all three," Miami coach Ron Fraser said. "They gave us eight, and we scored only one. They scored four runs with two outs."

With the score tied at 1 in the third, the Gators scored three runs on four hits to go up 4-1. Lewis, who had an RBI single in the third, stroked a two-out, two-run double in the fifth to put the Gators in command 6-2.

John Burke (3-0) remained unbeaten for the Gators.

Eckerd 3, Michigan 2: Tom Chully's two-out single in the eighth inning scored Matt Mudrey with the winning run as Division II Eckerd College (5-0) defeated Michigan at Al Lang Stadium in the Wolverines' season-opener. "Sure it's a big win. Michigan is a huge school," said Eckerd manager Bill Mathews, who is in his second year. The Tritons' Scott Brodkorb (3-0) went eight innings and struck out five for the win. Senior Jon Mueller's solo homer in the fourth inning gave Eckerd a 1-0 lead. It was his third home run in five games along with seven RBI.

Duke 5, 5 FSU 4: Scott Pinoni hit a three-run homer to give the Blue Devils (3-1, 1-1) an ACC victory over the host Seminoles (8-2, 1-1). Duke scored four unearned runs.

Stetson 3, USF 2: Aaron Iatarola's sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning gave the Hatters (5-3) their second win in as many days against the host Bulls (5-6).

18 Clemson 16-3, Tampa 5-0: The No. 18 Tigers swept a doubleheader from the host Spartans (6-5) to raise their record to 6-0.

_ Information from the Associated Press and special reports was used in this roundup.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement