Florida’s offense proved to be too much in the series opener against Stony Brook. Although the Seawolves scored more runs than any Florida opponent thus far, a career day by sophomore Wil Dalton propelled the Gators to victory.
Dalton went 4-5 with three home runs and drove in six RBI as Florida won by a 12-5 margin.
Dalton, leading off for the third straight game, led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot to left to give the Gators an early lead. In the fifth, Dalton hit a two-run blast to center, and he finished his night with a three-run dinger in the eighth.
Dalton is a 6-0 sophomore outfielder who transferred to Florida from Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. As a freshman he smacked 15 homers in the TJCAA. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 29th round of the MLB Draft out of high school.
Dalton is hitting .429 with four home runs and a team-high 15 RBI on the season.
Florida returns to action Saturday in the second game of the series with Stony Brook. The game is set for the first pitch to be delivered at 4:00 PM. Jackson Kowar is scheduled to be on the mound for Florida.