March 9, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
Sunday's rubber match will determine a series winner between Indiana (7-3) and #28 Florida (8-8) after the Gators charged back from an early three-run deficit to top the Hoosiers Saturday, 6-4, and even the series at one game apiece. Indiana matched UF's nine hits, but sloppy defensive play and seven runners left stranded ultimately doomed the Cream and Crimson.
Indiana opened its fifth consecutive game by scoring at least one run in the first innings, bringing home a couple of tallies in this one. The Hoosiers then pushed across another in the third to build a 3-0 lead and chase Florida's starter pitcher out of the game in the early goings. Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis came around to score after each getting aboard with hits. The RBI production came Scott Donley and Michael Basil. Schwarber drove in the third run of the game, escorting Justin Cureton to the dish with an RBI-single in the third frame.
The Gators had an immediate response in the home half of the third, posting their first of two three-run innings. The score remained even for the next two frames before UF slapped up its second 3-spot in the sixth to take their first lead of the weekend.
After a Basil walk with one out in the eighth, back-to-back IU pinch hitters paired up to score Basil. First was Casey Smith, manufacturing another base on balls and shoving Basil up into scoring position. It was then Chris Sujka's turn, slapping a single into right field to pull the Hoosiers within two runs at 6-4. It marked the only blemish for UF's Jay Carmichael, who hurled 5.2 innings of relief allowing the lone run on three hits and a walk while fanning four batters. Florida closer Johnny Magliozzi would come on in the ninth and close out his third contest of the season.
Game Three is slated for a 1:05 pm first pitch. Expected starting pitchers are So., LHP Kyle Hart
(1-0, 3.07) facing Fr., RHP Eric Hanhold (0-0, 5.19).