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Gators lose to Southern Miss 9-7

Game story from Game One.

GAINESVILLE -- So much for the sweep. (At least for the Gators.)

UF lost to Southern Miss 9-7 on Saturday in a game that lasted more than four hours and featured four lead changes. The Gators will start a freshmen pitcher against USM on Sunday but UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan wouldn't say if it's going to be Alex Panteliodis or Anthony DeSclafani.

--Big third inning for the Gators. UF scored two more after Teddy Foster's two-run homer to take a 4-2 lead. Josh Adams and Jonathan Pigott both doubled in the inning.

--UF catcher Teddy Foster tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run homer minutes after rain delay ended. The rain delay appears to have helped the Gators and hurt the Golden Eagles.

--The tarp is off the field and the players are about to retake the field here at McKethan Stadium. (59-minute rain delay.)

--The University of Florida baseball team is losing to Southern Miss 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning. The game is currently being delayed by rain.

USM took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when B.A. Vollmuth (best name in the business) hit a solo home run off of UF starter Stephen Locke. The Golden Eagles went up 2-0 in the third when USM's Corey Stevens drove in Taylor Walker with a sacrifice fly to the right field.

Locke, the Gators' ace, is struggling through three innings. He walked two batters in the third inning and during one stretch threw eight balls in a nine-pitch sequence. Meanwhile, USM pitcher J.R. Ballinger has faced the minimum through two innings.

-jo- 

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