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Sam Mende extended his hitting streak to ten games.

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True freshman Ray Delphey fanned eight Florida hitters over the course of five innings but the No. 7 Gators were to much as UF picked up a 9-1 win saturday afternoon.

Sophomore SS Sam Mende extended his hitting streak to 10-games after collecting a pair of singles.


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USF at Florida | February 21 | Noon | Gainesville, Fla.

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Making his first collegiate start freshman Ray Delphey struck out eight Gators over five innings of work but No. 7 Florida proved to be too much on Saturday afternoon as Florida came away with a 9-1 victory at McKethan Stadium.‬‪

At first it looked like the Bulls would get rolling offensively early. Centerfielder Ryan Lockwood reached based on an infield single up the middle on the first pitch of the game.

Lockwood moved to second on a ground out by Koscso but junior Stephen Hunt and sophomore Sam Mende left him stranded.

‬‪Delphey was tested early by the dangerous UF order.‬‪After giving up a lead-off double to den Dekker, and then walking the bases loaded with no outs the Alonso product found himself in a jam.

However, Delphey was up to the challenge. He responded by striking out Austin Maddox looking and then getting Tyler Thompson to pop out to short.

He then struck out Bryson Smith to end the inning and escaped the jam unscathed.‬‪

In the Gator portion of the second, Delphey was back in another rough spot. After retiring the first batter, he walked Fontana. Then rightfielder Stephen Hunt misplayed a liner which put Gators on second and third with one down.The freshman once again responded by striking out the next two batters to end the threat.

‬‪For the first time this season USF failed to have a baserunner as the Bulls went down in order in the top of the third.

‬‪In the bottom half of the third, the Gators would finally get to Delphey. With a runner on second and one out, Thompson rolled a 2-2 pitch through the right side to give the Gators a 1-0 lead.‬‪

In the fourth Florida tapped into its game plan from Friday night as Kamm Washington homered to lead off the inning and would then pick up another run due to a throwing error by Koscso.

Delphey was able to minimize the damage thanks to a great defensive play from Lockwood in center.

Florida clean-up hitter Austin Maddox sent a high fly ball to deep center with two men on but Lockwood scaled the wall to bring back a potential three-run homer.‬‪

The Bulls stranded eight runners total for the game.

‬‪Offensively, Mende collected a pair of singles from the cleanup spot in the order and in doing so extended his hitting streak to ten games. The sophomore shortstop seems to have carried his hot bat from the 2009 BIG EAST tournament.‬‪

With his pitch count over 100 pitches, south paw Kyle Parker came in to replace Delphey in the top of the sixth. Delphey went 5.0 giving up three runs, two earned. He gave up five hits while striking out eight however he did walk four.

Delphey was the pitcher of record and falls to 0-1 on the season.‬‪Florida would tack on one run in the sixth, and another run in seventh off Parker.

In the eighth freshman Austin Adams made his USF debut when he relieved Parker but after UF loaded the bases senior Joe Cole came to escape the inning with one out. After striking out Maddox, the third time USF pitchers did so. Tyler Thompson sent a double to the gap in right center to clear the bases.

Thompson eventually scored the Gators ninth and final run and make it 9-0.‬‪

USF broke up the shut out in the ninth.‬‪ After a lead off Todd Brazeal infield single was erased courtesy of a double play, pinch hitter Sean Buckley doubled to right center and then scored on a liner to right off the bat catcher Andrew Longley.‬‪

USF will look to salvage a split in the final game of the three game set as the Bulls will send 6’8 Andrew Barbosa to the mound in the get away game. The lefty will make his first career start at USF.

With the loss USF is 0-2 for the first time since 2002.

First pitch is scheduled for noon on Sunday.

Game Notes-

- With the loss, USF head coach Lelo Prado remains at 697 career wins. For his career, Prado is 697-506 in 22 years of coaching. Prado is also one victory shy of his hundredth USF victory. He is now 99-76 in four seasons as skipper of the Bulls.

‬‪- As a program, USF baseball is 16 victories shy of 1,300 all-time victories in its 46 year history.

‬‪- Redshirt shirt freshman Alex Mendez picked up his first career hit in his first career at-bat, a pinch hit single to lead off the ninth inning.|

- In addition to Ray Delphey making his first start, true freshman Chad Taylor earned his first career start at second base‬‪

- With his fourth inning single, shortstop Sam Mende extended his hitting streak to ten games dating back to last year. He has had multiple hits in six of his last seven games.‬‪-Sophomores Todd Brazeal, Andrew Longley and Sean Buckley all picked up their first hits of the season.‬‪

- For the second consecutive game, a pinch hitter in the ninth inning has recorded a base hit. In game one, Alex Mendez singled to lead off the ninth and today Andrew Longley doubled and eventually scored the Bulls only run.‬