The Florida Gators earned their first road win of the season as they defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins 13-3 on Tuesday.
The Gators offense continued to stay hot as they scored thirteen runs on sixteen hits. Sophomore Jud Fabian had another big day as he went 3-5 with a double and two RBIs. Freshman Josh Rivera also had a big day as he went 3-5 with a two-run double.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Hunter Barco made his first collegiate start. He didn’t have the dominant performance fans were hoping for but the Jacksonville native had a solid outing and will be available for their weekend series at Miami.
The first two innings of the ballgame were quiet as neither team was able to put runs on the board. Both teams had runners on base but their pitchers were able to keep them from crossing home plate.
In the top of the third, Florida got their first run on the board. Catcher Cal Greenfield hit a leadoff double to left centerfield. Jud Fabian would follow that up with a double of his own, scoring Greenfield. The Gators had runners on the corners but couldn’t failed to add to their lead. After giving up a leadoff single in the bottom of third, Barco was pulled from the game. He pitched two innings allowing three hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. True freshman Nick Ficarrotta came in relief for Barco.
The fourth inning was also kind to the Gators as they scored three runs in the frame. With one out, Nathan Hickey ripped a double down the right field line. First baseman Kris Armstrong was get hit by a pitch, giving Florida runners on first and second. Josh Rivera would then single through the 5-6 hole loading up the bases. Florida would add a run to their lead thanks to an error by Jacksonville’s third baseman. Fabian then singled to left bringing in Armstrong making it 3-0. Austin Langworthy also drew a base loaded walk scoring Rivera and extending their lead 4-0.
Jacksonville would cut into its deficit in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Ruben Someillan led off with a single through the left side. Scott Dubrule would double down the left field line scoring Someillan. Dubrule would later score on a dropped strike three cutting Florida’s lead in half.
Nick Ficarrotta was releived by another freshman Ryan Cabarcas. Ficarrotta tossed two innings allowing one hit, one run and no walks. Cabarcas struggled in his short outing as he only pitched 0.1 of an inning allowing a hit, a run and struck out one. Junior Justin Alintoff came in after Cabarcas and silenced Jacksonville’s bats.
In the top of the sixth inning, Florida broke the game wide open. Rivera led the inning with a single up the middle. A Greenfield single to shortstop brought Fabian to the plate. Fabian recorded his third hit with a single to left loading the bases. Langworthy would once again draw a bases loaded walk bringing in another run for Florida. Kirby McMullen would get hit by a pitch with a 1-2 count scoring Greenfield before cleanup hitter Cory Acton came to plate and also walked in a run as he ran the count full. A new pitcher came in for Jacksonville but that wouldn’t stop Florida from scoring. Jacob Young singled to left making it 8-2. Hickey would also draw a walk with the bases loaded before ending the inning.
The Gators would add two more runs to their lead thanks to two pinch hit singles. Nick Blasucci singled through the left side scoring Young who lead off the inning with a walk. Brock Edge pinch it or Fabian and didn’t disappoint. Edge singled through the right side and score Blasucci. Edge is 2-2 on the season with two pinch hit base knocks.
After a strong performance, Justin Alintoff was pulled after the eighth inning. Alintoff threw 3.2 innings allowing two hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts. Freshman Hunter Mink made his collegiate debut and closed the game for Florida. Mink threw one inning allowing a hit, no runs, no walks and a strikeout.
The Florida Gators will be on the diamond again tomorrow against the Jacksonville Dolphins. The Gators will be back home for their second midweek game of the season. No starting pitchers have been announced by either side. You can watch this game on Wednesday night at 6 pm ET on the SEC Network+.