Final: Florida 7, Miami 4 (10)
Trailing 2-1 entering the ninth inning and down to their final strike, it appeared the Gators were going to suffer their first defeat of the season on Saturday. However, a Jud Fabian double scored Kris Armstrong to tie the game and force extra innings for the second straight night.
Florida has now defeated the rival Hurricanes thirty-two times in the last forty meetings.
How It Happened:
Yet again, starting pitching ruled the day. Both UF starter Jack Leftwich and Miami’s Chris McMahon tossed six innings, each allowing just one run before turning it over to the bullpen.
The Hurricanes got on the scoreboard first as Alex Toral homered to left despite being down 0-2 in the count.
Florida tied it up in the fourth as Jordan Butler hit a sacrifice fly to left that allowed Cory Acton to score.
In the seventh Miami added a run as Jordan Lala scored on a single by Raymond Gil.
Miami was looking to close it out with D Federman on the mound, but Fabian extended the contest with his RBI double in the top of the ninth.
Ben Specht pitched a clean ninth to force extra innings for the second straight night.
In the tenth, the Florida offense exploded.
Senior Kirby McMullen led off the ninth with a solo blast down the left field line. After a pair of walks to Acton and Nathan Hickey, Armstrong singled to plate Acton. The next three batters all reached base and recorded RBIs to extend the lead to 7-2.
Specht struggled to close the game out with the tying run eventually reaching the plate. But after a meeting on the mound, he retired Anthony Vilar to end the ballgame.
- Leftwich: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 6 K
- Fabian: 2-6, 2B, RBI
- Armstrong: 2-4, RBI, 2 R
- W: Ben Specht (2-0)
- L: Alex McFarlane (0-1)
Game three of the series will take place on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
Freshman Hunter Barco is expected to make his second start of the season.