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Final: Florida 13, Army 5

For at least one day, the Gators were able to stave off elimination. Behind a masterful effort from RHP Jack Leftwich, the Gators topped Army 13-5 to extend the season.

Leftwich retired the first sixteen batters he faced before giving up a solo homer to Army’s Josh White in the sixth inning.

Florida pounced early and often on the Black Knights pitching. Freshman Kendrick Calilao opened the scoring in the second inning with a two-run homer down the left field line.

By the end of the fifth frame the Gator commanded an 11-0 advantage. Austin Langworthy hit a two-run blast to right while Wil Dalton and Cory Acton recorded RBI doubles.

After Army got on the scoreboard, the Gators bench saw extended opportunities. Back up catcher Jonah Girand and freshman Roberto Pena each took advantage with solo homers in consecutive innings (7th and 8th).

Leftwich was the story though. For a team that has struggled with consistency from it’s starting pitching, this was a major boost.

Leftwich tossed seven inning of one-hit ball and only walked a single batter.

Fast stats:

  • Jack Leftwich: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 1 BB
  • Kendrick Calilao: 3-3, HR, 5 RBI
  • Nelson Maldonado: 2-2, 2 BB, 3 R
  • Florida: 7-22 with runners on base but only 2-10 with RISP

What’s next:

Florida will face Dallas Baptist at 3:00 PM (ET) on Sunday after the Patriots fell to Texas Tech 3-2 in ten innings.

The winner will face Texas Tech in a potential regional final afterwards.

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