Gators Overcome Vols' Rally 7-5

March 30, 2003

Box Score

Gainesville, Fla. - Brett Dowdy had three doubles while C.J. Smith collected three RBI, including the go-ahead run in the seventh, to lead the No. 15 Florida Gators to a 7-5 win and series sweep over the Tennessee Volunteers at MeKethan Stadium.

After Tennessee (15-11, 4-5 SEC) tied the game for the second time on Michael Rivera's two-run single in the top half of the seventh, Smith drove in his third run of the day in the bottom of the frame on a single to center that scored Brett Dowdy who reached on his second double. Brian Rose then drove home Smith as the Gators took the lead for good at 7-5.

The fourth Florida (22-6-1, 5-3-1 SEC) pitcher of the day, Connor Falkenbach (4-1), picked up his second win of the series as he logged the final three innings. Starter Christian Madson faced the minimum number of hitters through for before being lifted in the fifth.

Luke Hochevar (4-3) took the loss in five innings of relief, surrendering four runs on eight hits.

A two-out two-run double by C.J. Smith capped a three-run third for Florida and chased starter Dusty Johnson. Justin Tordi started the frame with a double to center, moved to third on a sacrifice before scoring on Jake Riordan's hit through the right side. Brett Dowdy then doubled to set the table for Smith.

Tennessee parlayed two hits and two walks into two runs in the fifth as they pulled to within 3-2. Kyle Norrid scored on Justin Branson's sacrifice fly after reaching on a fielders choice and moving to third on a double by Walter Sevilla. Sevilla would later score on a Gator error.

Javi Herrera led off the sixth with his sixth home run of the season, tying the game 3-3.



Florida retook a brief lead in the bottom of the sixth on Mario Garza's two-run bloop single to right center only to see the Vols tie the game for the second time at 5-5 in the top of the seventh on Michael Rivera's hit.

Tennessee returns home on Tuesday to open a nine-game home stand against the Wofford Terriers at 7 p.m. ET.



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