If Friday night was any indication, we are in for a fantastic (and long) series.

Final: Florida 2, Miami 1 (11)

Photo by Kristen Oliff / ChompTalk.com

The Florida Gators moved to 6-0 on the season with a 2-1 defeat of No. 1 ranked Miami in Coral Gables, FL on Friday.

How It Happened:

Both starting pitchers were in cruise control from the onset. Florida’s Tommy Mace went toe to toe with the Hurricanes’ ace, Brian Van Belle. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that either pitcher gave up a run (unearned, at that).

In the fifth, Cory Acton led off the visitors half with a single and the bases were quickly loaded behind him. With no out and the bases loaded, Van Belle forced Kris Armstrong to line out to short, but a throwing error allowed Acton to reach the plate for the first run of the contest.

In the bottom of the sixth, Miami finally broke through. Jordan Lala led the frame off with a double and quickly advanced to third due to a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly to center by Raymond Gil scored Lala.

Both teams made the move to their bullpens in the eight inning. Miami brought in JP Gates and Florida used sophomore Christian Scott. Both pitchers tossed two innings of scoreless ball before passing the baton.

Ben Specht relieved Scott in the tenth after a leadoff single. Specht retired three straight, sending the game to the eleventh.

Leftfielder Austin Langworthy singled to center with one out to start the rally. Pinch hitter Jordan Butler singled through the right side to put runners on the corners. With two down, Jacob Young singled down the right field line to plate the run and give the Gators the lead.

Nick Pogue recorded the save as he pitched the 11th inning.

Individual Stats:

  • Mace: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Scott: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Young: 3-5, 2B, RBI
  • Rivera: 2-4, 2B

Pitching Decision:

  • W: Ben Specht (1-0)
  • L: Daniel Federman (0-1)
  • S: Nick Pogue (1)

What’s Next:

Game two of the series will take place on Saturday at 7:00 PM.

Jack Leftwich (1-0) will be on the mound for the Gators and will be opposed by RHP Chris McMahon (1-0).