The Gators extended their streak over Miami to five consecutive series wins, this weekend. After a slow start, the Gators offense came alive late Saturday night to win games two and three, clinching the series. Florida entered Friday night on a two game slide that continued into the first of the three game showdown with the Hurricanes but it was Miami who left Gainesville with a pair of L’s.
FLORIDA 2, MIAMI 5
Gainesville, FL –Florida dropped their third game in a row as Miami got off to a hot start. The Hurricanes’ Alejandro Toral got things going in the second inning with a two run shot. Florida responded when freshman, Kendrick Calilao hit an RBI triple that scored Brady McConnell and cut the deficit in half.
In the fifth, Florida had reason to be hopeful when a ground out to third by Nelson Maldonaldo proved to be enough to bring in Austin Langworthy, knotting things up at two all.
Miami crushed that hope with a two run homer followed by an RBI single in the seventh inning.
Tyler Dawson gave four plus innings from the mound before calling it a night. He finished the evening allowing six hits, a pair of runs, and striking out three.
- Gators batters have struck out thirty-five times during their three game losing streak. Only twenty-one batters were whiffed through the first three games.
- Kendrick Calilao recorded the Gators first triple of the season as well as the first of his young career.
- Calilao is averaging .333 at the plate and brought in his first career RBI.
W: Evan McKendry (2-0)
L: Jordan Butler (1-1)
FLORIDA 9, MIAMI 3
Gainesville, FL-In game two of this three game series it appeared that Miami, once again, had the upper hand. Raymond Gil hit a towering three run homerun in the top of the sixth, giving the Hurricanes a late cushion.
Florida’s offense finally came together, however, as they exploded for nine runs across the final four innings.
Austin Langworthy started the rally when he blasted a double to right-center field. A sac fly by freshman Kendrick Calilao scored Langworthy and put the Gators on the board.
In the bottom of the seventh, Wil Dalton gave the Gators their first lead of the series when he connected on a three run triple. It was Calilao, once again, that recorded the RBI double that brought Dalton home and gave Florida a five to three advantage as they headed into the eighth inning.
Brady McConnell added to the fireworks with a two-run single, which was followed up by yet another Calilao RBI.
Tommy Mace was superb through seven innings, save for the one pitch that Gil got a hold of. Mace finished with his second win in as many starts, allowing five hits, three runs, and recording four strikeouts.
- Kendrick Calilao recorded three RBI’s in the blowout win.
- Freshman Nolan Crisp allowed one hit and recorded his third save through two innings of relief.
- The 6,206 fans in attendance marks the third largest in school history.
W: Tommy Mace (2-0)
L: JP Gates (0-1)
FLORIDA 4, MIAMI 1
Gainesville, FL –Florida finished out the three game series with a second consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon. The win gives the Gators their fifth consecutive series victory over Miami and some offensive momentum moving forward.
Kendrick Calilao celebrated his nineteenth birthday, Sunday, with a win over in state rival Miami. He finished the day with a homerun and a pair of RBI’s.
For just the second time this season, the Gators scored in the first inning. Austin Langworthy found his way home on the heels of a two out single from Calilao. Unwilling to go quietly, Miami tied the game when Adrian Del Castillo went yard in the fourth. The Hurricanes continued threatening but Jack Leftwich killed the threat, ending the inning with a strikeout.
Cory Acton got in base next with a single and was advanced by a Blake Reese single. When the throw back to the infield got away from Miami shortstop Freddy Zamora, Acton took advantage and beat the play across home plate.
Later, in the sixth, Calilao joined the homerun club with his first collegiate long ball.
Leftwich was solid through five innings as he locked up his second win while striking out seven batters along the way.
- Kendrick Calilao was clearly the star of this series going 7-12 at the plate with a homerun and six RBI’s.
- Nolan Crisp is taking full advantage of his save opportunities as he recorded his fourth save in five total wins.
- Freshman Kendrick Calilao, “It’s just part of the game, people get into grooves and you just continue to hit the ball and you feel good at the plate. You play your best when you’re not thinking and I’m kind of at that stage right now. At the beginning of the season we started off struggling but we’re starting to pick it up a little bit and getting a feel for it.”
W: Jack Leftwich (2-0)
L: Brian Van Belle (1-1)
Florida travels to Jacksonville to take on the dolphins at John Sessions Stadium. Coverage will be provided on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. by ESPN+ and the Gators Sports Network.
SEC EAST STANDINGS
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