, Florida (PressExposure) June 22, 2009 -- In their biggest margin of victory for this season, The Florida Gators added to their 13 game winning streak in a 16-3 win over then University of Central Florida on April 8th, snapping a 3 game winning streak for the knights.
Justin Poovey started for the gators allowing consecutive hits by UCF senior Colin Arnold and Freshman Beau Taylor, while a double play stopped Shane Brown, leaving Arnold on third. Matt Den Dekker was walked and later put out while caught stealing third.
Austin Hudson limited the Gators to no score during the second. Preston Tucker drew a walk but was forced out at second base on Josh Adams fielder's choice. Hudson struck out Ben McMahon and Teddy Foster fouled out.
The top of the third Pantieliodis replaced Poovey, when Taylor hit an RBI double scoring Huxtable and B Romans sent Brown and Taylor across the plate on a 2 RBI single. Brown went in for Hudson allowed a single by Mooney and a triple RBI from Barnes to give Den dekker the run.
Foster was hit to start the bottom of the fifth and a sacrifice by Mooney landed him on second. Stobbs walked den dekker before Cory Weech replaced him. Weech struck out Pigott and walked Barnes to load the bases before Preston Tucker hit a 4 run homer to bring the score to 5-3 in favor of the Gators.
Florida added six runs on four hits in the sixth, and the Knights never recovered. Desclafani picked up the win by tossing 2.1 scoreless innings where he allowed only 1 hit.
Rookie first baseman Preston Tucker recorded 11 RBI, on a three run homer in the sixth and grand slams in both the fifth and seventh innings. His 11 RBI matched the league record and passed the Gator record of 10.
He is the third player in SEC history to score a pair of grand slams in a single outing and the first person to score three homeruns in a game since 2005, making him the seventh Florida player to do so.
Tucker has hit a home run in three straight consecutive games, and has recorded at least four RBI in the last three games.
"Preston has been a natural hitter since day one," head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "He gives us an added dimension of power, something that we haven't had a whole lot of. All of his home runs were impressive. That one down the right-field line in the fifth I think hit Keys (a dorm across the street from the stadium). The second one was opposite field and that's something we've been working on. The third one was a laser; it didn't get 10 feet off of the ground."