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Once again armed with a potent offensive outing, the Florida Gators topped Stetson 9-6 in midweek action on Tuesday. Florida has now won eleven of its last thirteen games.

How It Happened:

Stetson jumped on top early with a pair of solo homers by Andrew MacNeil and Hernen Sardinas off Gators starter Timmy Manning.

The Gators took the lead in the bottom of the second. Freshman Sterlin Thompson doubled to the gap in right-center to score Kirby McMullen. Just a few batter later, Thompson scored on Colby Halter’s double to center. Halter was plated a batter later a Jacob Young single to put Florida ahead 3-2.

As has been a problem all year, the Hatters rebounded to tie the game in the following frame.

The Gators took the lead back in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Kris Armstrong that allowed Young to cross home plate.

Florida tacked on four runs in the fifth, highlighted by Nathan Hickey’s two run double, and took an 8-3 advantage into the sixth inning.

A run by Steton in the top of the eighth was equaled by Armstrong’s blast to right. A pair of homers by Steton in the top of the ninth closed the gap to three, but Christian Scott forced a 3-2 fly out to right to end the game.

Pitching Decision:

  • W: Trey Van Der Weide (2-1)
  • L: Nick Long (0-1)
  • S: Scott (2)

Individual Stats:

  • Thompson: 3-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB
  • Young: 2-4, RBI, 2 R, BB
  • Hickey: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB
  • Van Der Weide: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K, 0 BB

On Deck:

The Gators will travel to Lexington to face Kentucky for a Thursday through Saturday series. First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 7:00 PM. The Wildcats are 26-15 overall in 2021 and 10-11 in conference play. Last weekend, UK dropped two of three to Tennessee.

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