The Florida Gators completed the sweep against the Marshall Thundering Herd thanks to their offense. Florida’s offense scored fifteen runs on fifteen hits. The top of the order had a terrific game as they each had at least two hits.
Senior Austin Langworthy hadn’t recorded a hit in the first two games but went 3-4 in the series finale. Kirby McMullen continues to impress at the plate with a 3-4 day including two RBIs. Sophomore Christian Scott didn’t get the start but earned his first win of the season out of the bullpen.
It was a busy and long first inning for both sides as they both scored a pair runs. Marshall’s Geordon Blanton led things off with a single to left field and stole second. Zach Inskeep would also single to left and Blanton advanced to third. With two outs, Jordan Billups double to right center driving in both runners.
Florida would answer back with a leadoff single by Jud Fabian. Austin Langworthy would tie the game up with a deep home run to right field in the next at-bat.
The second inning was another big inning for the Thundering Herd. Marshall led the inning a single up the middle. Brady Garrison would also single making it runners on first and second. Once again, two on and two outs, Marshall’s leadoff hitter Blanton hit a three-run home run to left field making it 5-2.
Florida would cut into Marshall’s lead with two walks by Jordan Butler and Nathan Hickey to lead off the inning. Brady Smith followed by reaching on a RBI fielder’s choice scoring Butler.
Sophomore pitcher Christian Scott came in the game to replace Nick Pogue who gave up five runs in two innings.
After a scoreless inning from Marshall, the Gators would tie the game up at five. Langworthy led off with a single to right field. Kirby McMullen doubled down the left field line bringing in Langworthy. Coy Acton recorded his first hit of the game as he singled through the right side. Jacob Young would hit a sacrifice fly to center bringing in the tying run.
The fourth inning was a big inning for the Florida. Brady Smith gave Florida the lead with a solo home run to deep left field. Fabian, Langworthy and McMullen would all reach on walks. With Acton at the plate, Marshall’s pitcher D’Andre Knight balked bringing in Fabian. Acton would eventually walk and that’s when things got weird. Florida would score two runs on back to back pitches thanks to a wild pitch and passed ball.
With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Scott was pulled from the game but did enough to earn the win. Scott threw 2.2 innings allowing two hits, no runs, two walks and three strikeouts.
Florida also plated two in the bottom half of the fifth. Florida’s first two batters were out but Fabian got the rally started with a double down the left field line. Langworthy would then line one for the shortstop’s glove and Fabian score. McMullen would follow that up with a single of his own that would bring in Langworthy.
Marshall would cut into Florida’s lead as they scored three in the top of the sixth. However, the Gators would get those runs back with a two out three-run home run by Brady Smith. It was his second home run of the game.
Florida would add an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh with an opposite field solo home run by Cory Acton.
Left-handed pitcher Ryan Cabarcas would make his collegiate debut in the middle of the eighth. He gave up a hit to his first batter but would strike out the next two batters he faced. Another highly touted freshman made his debut this weekend was Tyler Nesbitt. The LaBelle graduate would only throw nine pitches to shut the door.
The Florida Gators will take a day off before their next game. The Gators will travel to Jacksonville, Florida to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins. No starting pitchers have been announced for this game. Jacksonville is coming off a 1-2 weekend series loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. You can watch this game on Tuesday at 6 pm ET on ESPN+.