One down, one to go: Florida trips up Miami 7-2

By Adam Silverstein
June 12, 2010

A dominating performance from sophomore starting pitcher Alex Panteliodis coupled with an onslaught of runs in the third and fourth innings propelled No. 4 Florida Gators baseball (46-15) to a 7-2 victory over the No. 11 Miami Hurricanes (43-19) in the opening game of the 2010 NCAA Gainesville Super Regional on Friday night at McKethan Stadium.

A complete game effort from Panteliodis (11-2), including a career-high 12 strikeouts and a streak where he retired the final 14 batters he faced, allowed Florida’s bullpen to rest and remain available for game two of the best-of-three series on Saturday at 7 p.m.

In addition to forcing 12 batters to whiff, Panteliodis scattered three hits over nine innings and only allowed one walk during the affair.

Stepping up at the plate for the Gators were freshmen third baseman Austin Maddox (1-5, run) and catcher Mike Zunino (1-4), who tied for the team lead with two RBI apiece. Outfielders sophomore Tyler Thompson (1-3, solo home run) and senior Justin Pigott (2-4) each scored two runs, and sophomore Preston Tucker (0-2) walked thrice.

Miami committed two errors Friday night, both of which led to unearned runs not attributed to Hurricanes starter David Gutierrez (5-3), who was pulled from the game after allowing seven hits and one earned run in four innings. Catcher Yasmani Grandal scored the team’s only runs on a two-RBI homer in the fourth inning.

UF out-hit UM 9-3 and left more runners on base, too (9-1).

Game two of the Gainesville Super Regional will feature freshman Hudson Randall (8-3, 2.97 ERA) taking the mound for the Gators against junior Chris Hernandez (10-3, 2.77 ERA) for the Canes. If Florida wins, they will move on to the 2010 NCAA College World Series; should they lose, game three will be played Sunday at 7 p.m.

Photo Credit: University of Florida

6 Comments

  1. Daniel M. says:

    Beautiful effort last night boys. Alex was large and in charge. Just 27 outs away from Omaha. Git-R-Done.

  2. KB_Gators says:

    Take down the convicts. Go Gators.

  3. alex says:

    Panteliodis was on fire last night. Even after he gave up the 2-run shot to right field he stayed composed. The Canes have some serious power hitters and they looked baffled against him.

  4. O-town Gator says:

    “Johnny Pants” pitched one hell of a game last night; I was concerned when he had that homer hit off him during the top of the 4th but he regrouped and put on an awesome show for a complete game.

    One down, one to go to get to Omaha – and playing in Gainesville works to the Gators’ advantage.

    GO GATORS!!!!!!!

  5. ReptilesRule says:

    “Pants” just seemed to get stronger as the game went on. Even that pitch that was hit out was a good one. Would love to see us close out the ‘Canes today and not have to worry about Sunday but it won’t be easy tonight.

  6. KB – FYI, your comments have been delayed because they are marked as spam at first. Probably because of the web address you are including. Try not adding that in the future and your comments should go up right away.

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