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BSB: Gators power past Winthrop for series sweep

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Gainesville, FL- Florida hosted the Winthrop Eagles over the weekend and put on an offensive clinic in the process. In game one of the three game set, the Gators posted a season high–up to then–sixteen runs on seventeen hits.

In all, ten different Gators recorded a hit in the first nine innings. Austin Langworthy and Nelson Maldonado combined for seven RBI’s while going 2-for-5, respectively. Langworthy connected on a two-run double as well as a homerun that also scored a pair of runs.

Freshman standout, Kendrick Calilao drove in a team-leading tenth RBI as he continues an inspired first season. The 16-4 blowout win on Friday night saw the Gators offense come alive and provided Tyler Dyson (1-0) with his first win on the season.

Game two was originally scheduled for Saturday night but had to be called due to inclement weather. As is often the case, one man’s misfortune was another’s gain as fans who were in attendance for Sunday’s game were treated to a doubleheader and a new school record.

In game one of the double billing, the Gators set a new school record by smashing a trifecta of grand slams. Florida is just the ninth team in NCAA history to record three in a single game. In the process, the Gators posted the most runs in one game since 2003.

Kevin O’Sullivan’s squad tallied twenty-seven RBI’s on just twenty-three hits and posted a final score of 28-5. Among the big hitters were a pair of freshman, Kendrick Calilao and Jacob Young. The pair tallied six RBI’s a piece.

Junior college transfer Santino Miozzi recorded the third grand slam. With all of the fireworks, Wil Dalton created some sparks of his own as he went 4-for-5 from the plate with a trio of RBI’s.

Tommy Mace continued a brilliant start to the season by recording his third win and remaining undefeated.

The final stanza might have seemed like a let down if you compared it to the first two but Jack Leftwich closed out the series with another win that secured the sweep. Leftwich retired the first ten batters and allowed just four hits through six innings.

Florida closes out the weekend with a 5-3 victory and sent the Eagles home doing anything but soaring. The Gators will take of Florida Gulf Coast University in a pair of midweek games this Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and can be seen live on the SEC Network.

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