Siena Narrowly Misses Major Baseball Upset

March 2, 2003

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Sophomore Jeff Corsaletti hit a two-run homer in the seventh to give Florida a one run lead as the Gators won their eighth straight game 5-4 by defeating Siena for the second time in as many days. Siena scored three runs in the sixth to take a brief lead but the Gators, behind Corsaletti, responded in the bottom half of the next inning for the win. The two teams will wrap up the series Monday with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.

After C.J. Smith led off the seventh with a single through the right side, Corsaletti took a 1-0 offering from Siena pitcher Jeremy Cabot and took it over the scoreboard in left field. It gave the Gators a 4-3 lead and UF held on for the win.

Freshman Darren O'Day came on in the seventh to preserve the victory as he closed out the game for the Gators to earn his first collegiate win. O'Day went 2.2 innings with one strikeout and two hits after taking over for starting pitcher Mike Pete who got a no decision after pitching 6.1 innings and striking out a season-high four. Pete did not give up a hit until the sixth inning when Siena pushed three across against the southpaw.

Florida got started early, scoring a run in the first inning. Brett Dowdy opened the game with a single to left center and advanced to third on a Jonathan Tucker sacrifice. Mario Garza collected the RBI that scored Dowdy and got the Gators on the board. Ben Harrison hit a solo homerun in the fourth to increase the Gator lead to 2-0.

Siena rallied in the sixth to give the Saints their first lead of the series. Brian Schmotzer started off the inning with a triple to right center. Matt Gidaly followed with an RBI single before Kevin Roberts hit one out of the park to give Siena a 3-2 lead.

The winning run crossed the plate in the eighth after Garza doubled and was promptly sent home on a Harrison single to center field.



The run would prove to be important as Siena pulled the game within one in the ninth on a solo homerun by Shawn Hampton.

Harrison finished with three hits and two RBI for the Gator nine hit attack while five different Siena players accounted for the Saints five hits.