The Florida Gators won their thritieth game of the season with a commanding 7-0 win over Bethune-Cookman Tuesday. Led by Tyler Nesbitt and Nick Ficarrotta, Florida dominated on the mound, recording just the second shutout of the season. For the Gators, this was their fifth consecutive victory after sweeping Mississippi State last weekend.
The Wildcats did make thing interesting early on, however. BCU had bases loaded with two outs before Nesbitt retired the side. The righty returning from Tommy John surgery settled in after the first and went four innings before turning things over to Ficarrotta.
Ficarrotta tossed four innings while throwing just 34 pitches including 29 for strike. With the exception of a sharp single to short, Ficarrotta was fantastic on the mound. Blake Purnell was able to close things out by recording the final three outs of the game.
As for the offense, the Gators got on the board with a pair of runs in the first on RBI base hits by Sterlin Thompson and Jac Caglianone. Florida added another run in the second on a bases loaded walk to Thompson that forced in Mac Guscette.
A Wyatt Langford solo homer to left in the seventh made it a 4-0 advantage before the Gators added three in the eighth.
Langford finished the game 1-1 with a homer and four walks. Thompson went 2-4 with a double and an RBI while Josh Rivera added a pair of base hits as well.
W: Tyler Nesbitt (2-3)
L: Alec Mendez (0-2)
Florida will travel to Columbia, Missouri to take on the Tigers. Mizzou is last in the SEC East with a 7-17 record in conference play. The Tigers are 17-6 overall at home this year.