Florida defeated rival Florida State 4-2 in Jacksonville on Tuesday night. The Gators topped the Seminoles for the tenth straight time and will only face FSU head coach Mike Martin one more time (unless the team’s meet in postseason play).
It started out as a pitchers duel with freshman Nolan Crisp retiring 14 batter in a row after allowing two first inning base runners.
Florida finally took a lead in the fifth inning when Austin Langworthy hit a double to the corner in left that scored Jud Fabian from first base.
FSU countered with two runs in the sixth inning on a Mike Salvatore two-run homer to the right field bleachers.
The Gators however struck in the seventh inning with three runs. Jacob Young singled to second base but the throw went into the FSU dugout, which allowed Fabian to come around to score. Brady McConnell followed with a double that went past the centerfielder who was playing him shallow. Brady Smith and Young scored on the play and put Florida on top 4-2.
Christian Scott pitched 3.1 innings in relief and struck out R. Albert in the final at-bat of the game to earn his second win of the year.
- Brady McConnell finished the night 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.
- Kendrick Calilao hit 2-4 as well.
- Every batter in the UF lineup struck out at least once.
- Despite going 0-3 in the game, Jud Fabian scored two runs.
- Florida hit 2-10 (.200) with runners in scoring position.
Florida will face Alabama for a three game SEC set in Gainesville. The series will begin Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM.