Florida baseball takes down USF in season opener

By Adam Silverstein
February 19, 2010

Home runs rocketed out of McKethan Stadium Friday night as No. 7/9 Florida Gators baseball (1-0) opened its 2010 season with a 6-2 win against the South Florida Bulls (0-1). Junior second baseman Josh Adams went 3-3 and powered the Gators with two homers and four RBI, while redshirt sophomore pitcher Tommy Toledo started for 3.1 innings after sitting out the entire 2009 campaign with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Read the rest of Friday night’s baseball game story after the jump!

Toledo allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four. Sophomore Alex Panteliodis (1-0) took over and completed 3.1 innings in middle relief, earning the win by compiling three strikeouts while giving up three hits and an earned run. Fellow sophomore Greg Larson earned the save, striking out two in the final 2.1 innings.

Florida took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, scoring all four runs before the first out was even recorded. In addition to Adams’ two-run shot, freshman catcher Austin Maddox powered one over the wall, driving in sophomore first baseman and NCBWA Freshman Hitter of the Year Preston Tucker who was on base with a walk.

The Bulls would score runs in the third and fifth inning but never posed much of a threat to take the lead from the Gators. Adams added a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth and a one-run double in the seventh to put Florida up 6-2.

Senior center fielder Matt den Dekker went 2-4 with two runs, Tucker finished 0-2 with two walks and a run and Maddox tallied two RBI a 2-4 hitting as the designated hitter.

Florida continues its three-game series against USF at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The match-up will conclude with with a noon start on Sunday.


  1. Dude says:

    Josh Adams is going to tear it up.

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    Always good to beat up on USF as it just makes their fans hate us more…….love it

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