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Final: Florida 8, Jacksonville 4

Gainesville, FL- The Gators defeated Jacksonville by an 8-4 score on Tuesday night to sweep the season series. Florida has now won six straight midweek games.

The Dolphins actually opened the scoring in the first inning after a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.

However, Florida responded quickly. Brady McConnell led off the bottom of the first with a solo blast that landed in the bleachers beyond the left field fence. The Gators would add four more runs in the frame with RBI singles coming from Wil Dalton, Cory Acton, and Jacob Young.

Both teams settled in after the first inning and for a while it appeared as if the first inning was just a fluke. In the sixth inning, Jud Fabian broke through with an RBI single to increase the lead to 6-1.

The Dolphins added three runs in the eighth as Angel Camacho and Cory Garrastazu each hit massive homers to cut into the deficit.

Florida added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on a Jacob Young blooper up the middle plated two runs. Fabian scored the second run all the way from first base.

Fast stats:

  • Jacob Young finished 3-4 with 3 RBI.
  • Nolan Crisp earned the win (3-1) after working 3 innings and allowing one run.
  • Nick Pogue earned the first decision of his career with a save (1). He pitched 1.1 innings to close out the win.
  • Ben Specht pitched 1.1 innings, allowing 1 hit and one walk in relief

What’s next:

Florida will travel to Baton Rouge for a series against LSU at one of the toughest environments in the nation.

The Tigers are 9-6 in league play, but have only suffered three losses at home this season (20-3).

The series starts Thursday and runs through Saturday with each game being televised nationally.

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