Final: FAU 13, Florida 11
Austin Langworthy was brought in with n opportunity to finish the night with an incredible statline. After going 4-5 and sitting just a double short of the cycle, Langworthy took the mound in the ninth with a chance to earn a save armed with an 11-9 lead.
Langworthy walked the first batter he faced, then allowed a single to put runners on the corners. A sacrifice fly and a triple later and Florida Atlantic had tied the game with the lead run sitting at third base. By the time the inning ended, FAU owned a 13-11 lead.
The Gators, however, had a chance. The top of the lineup was due up, led by Langworthy. The top three hitters, after all, were 8-13 with two homers.
Instead, the Gators wasted a leadoff walk with a groundout and a pair of strikeouts.
This loss was certainly not on the offense, though. The team recorded 21 hits and 11 runs. Every spot in the lineup recorded a hit with eight of the nine recording more than one hit.
The Gators pitching combined to walk eleven Owls.
The Owls got on the scoreboard first, but it looked like Florida had taken control with a five-run second inning, capped by Langworthy’s grand slam. FAU got three runs in the fourth frame thanks to a balk, a wild pitch, and a passed ball.
The Gators added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to Wil Dalton’s fourth homer of the season, but the Owls responded with four more in the top of the fifth, highlighted by Bobby Morgensen’s grand slam.
Langworthy finished with a career high six RBI, but expressed disappointment over the result, “I’d rather go 0-4 but get the win.”
The Gators have now lost three straight and head into the stretch run of SEC play with three series’ left.
- Langworthy: 4-5, HR, 3B, 6 RBI, BB (L 0-1)
- Christian Flint: 3-5, 3 R
- Jacob Young: 3-5, 2 R, RBI
- Nelson Maldonado: 3-5
- Gators: 5-15 RISP, .477 BA for the night (21-44)
Florida entered the evening ranked #23 in RPI, but D1Baseball.com has the Gators as one of the last five qualifiers for the NCAA tournament.