FLORIDA 1, FLORIDA STATE 0
Jacksonville, FL– The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles met in Jacksonville on Tuesday for their second contest of the three game set. The Gators, once again, defeated the Seminoles, this time using incredible pitching performances by Jack Leftwich, Jordan Butler, and Michael Byrne. Florida has now won seven straight against the Seminoles and twelve of the last thirteen.
The freshman Leftwich pitched a solid five innings and allowed only a single hit while striking out five Seminoles hitters and only walking one to earn the win. Leftwich left after the fifth due to a blister on his pitching hand. Butler provided two innings of relief allowing only one batter to reach base via a walk. Byrne came in and closed the game with two more innings of relief.
The game got dicey in the ninth when Florida State had runners on first and third with one out and the power of the order up, but Byrne struck out Rhett Alpin and forced Seminoles catcher Cal Raleigh to ground out to first baseman to Keenan Bell. Byrne recorded his 25th career save to tie a program record set by John Pritcher from 1988-1992.
The Gators scored the only run of the game in the fourth when sophomore Austin Langworthy singled to right to score Wil Dalton. Dalton had doubled to right to get on base for the winning run.
While Florida limited the Seminoles to just three hits in the contest (including the two in the ninth), the Gators only made contact four times. This sent FSU’s Andrew Karp with a complete game loss for the second straight year.
UP NEXT: Florida moves to 22-5 and will face Vanderbilt at home this weekend to continue the SEC slate. Friday’s game is set for a 6:30 PM start while Saturday and Sunday are scheduled for noon starts.
W: Leftwich (3-1)
L: Karp (4-2)
S: Byrne (6)