Thursday, April 9, 2009

Preston Tucker Put On A Show

UF freshman first-baseman Preston Tucker put on a show for fans who stuck around McKethan Stadium Wednesday night despite the unseasonably cold weather.

On this chilly (read: very cold for Florida in April) spring evening, Tucker, from Tampa gave fans more than just "Dollar Night" to cheer about.

The freshman tied an SEC single-game record for RBI with 11, breaking the school mark of 10 previously held by left fielder Avery Barnes.

As if the 11 RBI performance wasn't impressive enough, the manner in which he did it was pretty absurd: he hit home runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

In the fifth, he blasted a grand slam to right field.

In the sixth, he had a three-run shot to center field.

In the seventh, he had another grand slam, this time to left-center.

Yes, that's right, he had two grand slams and 11 RBI in the span on three innings.

I guess it's safe to say that students attending the game got their money's worth (though the games are free with a student ID). On top of Tucker's one-man show and dollar night (where sodas, hot dogs and popcorn all cost $1), the first 250 students in attendance were treated to free subs (ham or turkey, complete with a bag of chips and two oreos) courtesy of Firehouse Subs.

I certainly hope someone saved one of those subs for Tucker after the game, because he certainly deserved one. I guess he'll just have to settle for a 16-3 win over UCF.

Final note: College: where a student can get a baseball game, a sub, chips, oreos and a soda for a grand total of one dollar. Gotta love it.

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