Final: Florida 13, Mississippi State 1 (7)
Before the crowd could even get settled in for Wednesday morning’s Gators baseball game, the Florida bats had awakened.
Florida advanced in the winners bracket at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama behind an offensive explosion and a gem from Hunter Barco.
How It Happened:
Florida scored early and often on Wednesday as they went on to rout the No. 8 team in the nation.
The Gators scored in the first inning after loading the bases to lead off the game. Florida gave away momentum by only plating one run on a wild pitch in the inning and situational hitting again proved to be lacking for this team. Until the second and third innings, that is.
After Mississippi State evened things in the bottom of first, Florida tacked on eight runs over the next two innings to make the game a blow out. Kris Armstrong had a pair of two-rbi hits (single in the second and double in the third) and Sterlin Thompson added a solo homer in the third as well.
The Gators took a 9-1 advantage to the bottom of the third before adding four more in the seventh to clinch a run-rule victory.
After Sterlin Thompson squeezed his glove on the final out, a weak fly ball to right, there was a look of confusion on several players’ faces. Hunter Barco stated after the game, “I had no idea there were run-rules in college baseball.”
Barco tossed a gem. He threw all seven innings while only allowing just four hits and one run. Barco iterated that this wasn’t his best stuff, but obviously it got the job done.
- W: Hunter Barco (10-2)
- L: Brandon Smith (4-3)
- Rivera: 4-5, RBI, 2 R
- Armstrong: 3-4, 2B, 4 RBI, R, BB
- Hickey: 3-5, 3 R
- Thompson: 2-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
- Barco: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB
Florida will take on Alabama in the winner’s bracket after the Tide defeated Tennessee 3-2 in 11 innings on Wednesday.
The Crimson Tide is now 31-22 on the season and finished league play at 12-17.