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FINAL: Florida 5, Jacksonville 4 (10)

The Florida Gators baseball team improved to 6-3 on the season after a midweek victory at Jacksonville Tuesday night.

The Gators overcame the loss of their biggest power bat in the lineup, Wil Dalton and their head coach, Kevin O’Sullivan (both of whom were ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes).

Florida got out to a 2-0 lead before the Dolphins had a chance to bat. 1B Kendrick Calilao hit a sacrifice fly that scored Brady McConnell which was followed by an RBI double by Jordan Butler that brought Austin Langworthy in to score.

The Gators extended the lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Blake Reese was hit by a pitch and stole second base before scoring on McConnell’s single to right.

The Dolphins wouldn’t go down quietly, however. Jacksonville scored a pair of runs in the second and third to take a 4-3 advantage.

Cory Heffron hit a 2-RBI double in the second and Cory Garrastazu added a 2-RBI triple to get to that point.

Florida tied the game in the seventh on an RBI double by Nelson Maldonado (who replaced Dalton in the lineup) that plated Langworthy from second.

In extra innings, freshman Jud Fabian knocked in the winning run as he doubled to score fellow frosh Cory Acton and put the Gators ahead.

That left the game in the hands of fun closer Nolan Crisp. Facing the heart of the JU order, Crisp forced the first two batters into groundouts before getting John Cassala to line out to third ane throwing only seven total pitches in the process. Crisp is now 5-5 in save opportunities on the season.

Fast stats:

  • Brady McConnell went 2-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in the leadoff spot.
  • Austin Langworthy finished the night 2-5 with two runs scored.
  • Cory Acton hit 2-3 and reached base four times after being walked twice.
  • The Gators bullpen pitched 7 innings and only allowed 3 hits to the Dolphins

What’s next:

Florida will face UCF on Wednesday in midweek action. The Knights are 5-2 thus far, but dropped a series against SEC foe Auburn last weekend. First pitch is set for 6:00 PM.

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