Miscues, pitching doom UF in 11-3 loss to UCLA

By Adam Silverstein
June 20, 2010

Two of only four ranked teams participating in the 2010 NCAA College World Series, the No. 3 Florida Gators (47-16) fell 11-3 in the opening round of the event at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE, to the No. 6 UCLA Bruins (49-14).

What was expected to be a pitching duel turned into a one-sided affair as UCLA’s Trevor Bauer (11-3) struck out 11 Florida batters over seven innings. Gators sophomore starter Alex Panteliodis (11-3) gave up four earned runs in 3.1 short innings after hitting the first two Bruins batters he faced.

Miscues doomed Florida Friday night; the team compiled four hit batters, four wild pitches, a passed ball and an error throughout the course of the game. Every Gators reliever – including freshman Steven Rodriguez (0.2 innings, two earned runs), senior Jeff Barfield (2.0 innings, one earned run), junior Matt Campbell (2.0 innings, two earned runs) and sophomore Tommy Toledo (1.0 inning, one earned run) – was hit hard and often (13 hits combined).

Shortstop Niko Gallego (4-5, two runs), outfielder Beau Amaral (3-4, one RBI), third baseman Dean Espy (3-6, two RBI) and catcher Steve Rodriguez (2-4, two RBI) led the way for UCLA offensively.

Freshman designated hitter Brian Johnson (1-4) hit a two-RBI double in the first inning to put the Gators on the board, and a solo home run from junior second baseman Josh Adams (1-3) in the fourth provided the only other score of the evening.

Florida hopes to rebound in its elimination game Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. against in-state rival Florida State. The game will air live on ESPN and ESPN3.

OGGOA Highlight: Matt den Dekker’s amazing Willie Mays-like catch
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Photo Credit: Matt Miller/Omaha World-Herald

3 Comments

  1. ReptilesRule says:

    The first few pitches told you everything you needed to know. “Johnny Pants”, well…it was pants on the ground for this outing They looked nervous and overwhelmed. Probably wont win the Series, but knocking the Noles out in the second game would be a nice consolation prize.

  2. Mark says:

    Ya lets at least knock the Noles out. Series is probably out of the question now because they would have to win 4 straight

  3. alex says:

    Mark:

    I think our boys went beyond what was expected so it is ok if they don’t bring a NC home. They have had a hell of year and a win tonight will only add to a great season as FSU is a solid club.

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