April 3, 2010
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Johnson pitches Florida
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Fla.--- The No. 9 Florida Gators insured themselves of a series
win over SEC opponent Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon with
timely hitting and 5.2 innings of outstanding work on the mound
by left-hander Brian Johnson (right), who also added three hits
to lead the offense in the 7-3 victory.
Johnson limited the 19th-ranked Commodores to
just one run on seven hits and walked only one batter to record
his third win of the year against one loss.
jump-started the Gators with a one-out single in the second and
Daniel Pigott (left) hit a drive over the right-field wall to
put the home team up 2-0. It was the left fielder's first homer
of the season.
Preston Tucker's RBI double down the right field
line in the second extended the lead to 3-0.
Florida added an unearned run in the fifth on a
fielder's choice by Austin Maddox to bump the score to 4-0 when
they placed runners on first and second with one out.
Maddox hit a grounder to second baseman Riley
Reynolds that was fielded and relayed to Brian Harris at short
for the second out. Harris' attempted throw to force Maddox out
at first for a potential double play was wide and went to the
wall, allowing the runner from second to come in and score.
the Florida left-hander was cruising through the Vanderbilt
lineup until Joe Loftus (right) cranked a ball over the
right-center field barrier, his fourth of the year, with two
gone in the sixth inning to spoil the shutout.
The Gators put the game away with three runs in
the sixth to extend the lead to 7-1. Mike Zunino had the big
hit, with an RBI single to left that accounted for two runs.
Taylor Hill (3-2) allowed five runs, four earned,
on six hits in five innings. He recorded three strikeouts and
issued three walks.
The loss may have been a costly one for the
Corey Williams (right) was injured in the seventh inning on a
line drive by Maddox right back up the middle that hit him in
the right knee.
Williams immediately went to the ground but had
presence of mind enough to locate the ball and flick it on the
ground in the direction of first base where Aaron Westlake
picked it up and tagged the runner.
The redshirt freshman remained on the ground as
trainers rushed to his aid. The youngster had to be carted off
the field with the injury. He was taken for x-rays at the local
Vanderbilt made a little noise in the eighth
inning when Andrew Giobbi led off with a two-bagger just inside
the foul line in left field, his fifth hit of the series.
Westlake then hit a two-run homer to left to cut
the lead to 7-3. It was Westlake's fifth homer of the year and
first since hitting one against Ohio on March 13.
Westlake led the Commodores with three hits in
four trips, while Giobbi added two hits and a run scored.
Navery Moore pitched 1.2
innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts and two walks.
The Commodores and Gators will play the final
game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Sophomore right-hander Jack Armstrong (3-0, 4.70
ERA) will start for VU, while Florida will counter with freshman
right-hander Hudson Randall (2-2, 5.00 ERA). The game will be
televised on SUN Sports.