Feb. 18, 2012
Gainesville, Fla. - Taylor Gushue's two-run triple capped a four-run Florida fourth inning and reliever Austin Maddox pitched four one-hit innings in relief to lead the top-ranked Gators to a 5-2 win over No. 25 Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
The Titans (0-2) had six hits on the afternoon, five coming off of winning pitcher Karsten Whitson (1-0), who allowed two runs over the first three innings. Austin Maddox shut down the Titan offense over the last four frames to notch his first save of the year.
With the exception of the four-run fourth, Titan starter Grahamm Wiest (0-1) pitched well, striking out six Gators. He didn't allow a hit until the third inning when Casey Turgeon poked a ball through the right side. Wiest, making his first career appearance, took the loss against the Gators who improve to 2-0.
Fullerton took advantage of a shaky Whitson through the first three innings scoring the first two runs of the game. Derek Legg singled with one out in the first inning and scored on Carlos Lopez's double to the left-centerfield gap. The team continued applying pressure in the second by loading the bases, but Whitson got out of the jam by inducing a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Richy Pedroza.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, the Gators strung together four-consecutive hits and a sac-fly to catch the Titans and take the lead for good. Left fielder Daniel Pigott signled to right and moved up to second whenfirst baseman Preston Tucker legged out an infield single. Tucker just beat Pedroza's bare-hand pick-up and throw of his swinging bunt and started the Gators' first rally of the day.
Catcher Mike Zunino flared a ball to right that dropped in front of Hutting for Florida's first run and then came around to score with Tucker on Gushue's triple into the right-field corner, putting the Gators up, 3-2.
Rightfielder Justin Shafer followed with a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Gushue and give the Gators their first of two insurance runs. Tucker added the second in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI-single to center off Titan reliever Christian Coronado.
Maddox shut down the Titans' offense retiring the first 10 batters he faced before Hutting doubled to right in the top of the ninth. The right-hander set down 12 of the 13 men he face and struck out three including pinch-hitter Matt Chapman to end the game.
The Titans will send freshman southpaw Kenny Mathews to the mound on Sunday looking to avoid the series sweep. He will go up against Florida's Brian Johnson in the 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT game.