The Florida Gators completed a 14-game homestand with a 13-8 victory over in-state rival Jacksonville.
Freshman RHP Nolan Crisp earned the win in his first collegiate start by going 4 innings and allowing only one baserunner while striking out two.
Florida got on the board early and often, scoring three in the first and third innings before adding two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 11-2 lead into the sixth inning.
Maldonado started the scoring with an RBI single that scored Jacob Young. 1B Kendrick Calilao added an RBI single before Maldonado scored on an error to open the scoring in the first.
The third inning saw Brady McConnell score on a Calilao sacrifice fly to center before a Cory Acton single scored Maldonado from third. Wil Dalton scored on a wild pitch to complete the scoring in the third frame.
In the fourth, Austin Langworthy and Brady Smith led off the inning with walks and with came around to score. Langworthy scored on Young’s single while Smith was plated on a SAC fly by McConnell.
The fifth inning was highlighted by Langworthy’s homer that saw the score balloon to 9-2.
The Dolphins didn’t make it easy on the Gators though. JU fought back with 3-run homers in consecutive innings that pushed Jacksonville within three runs at 11-8.
McConnell hit a two-run shot that landed in the bleachers beyond the left field wall and gave UF some breathing room at 13-8.
- Florida’s 1-3 hitters went 9-12 with a walk and a hit batter in addition to the homer and 7 RBI.
- McConnell finished 3-3 with a homer and 4 RBI
- Freshman Jacob Young went 3-4 with 3 runs scored and an RBI.
- Nolan Crisp’s final line: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB
- SS Brady McConnell: “Starting a game off like that is huge.”
- “The arms are going to be elite at Vandy. We are going to have to fight through some good at-bats.”
- RHP Nolan Crisp on his approach in his first start at UF: “I tried to keep it simple.”
- Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan: “[Nolan] was probably one of the big reasons that we won the ball game.
- “The disappointing part was the bullpen…I thought we played uninspired.”
Florida will travel for their first SEC road series of the year. They Gators will head to Nashville to face Vanderbilt on the turf.