The Florida Gators improved to 13-3 on the season by defeating the Siena Saints, 3-2 Friday night at Condron Family Ballpark.
The Saints fell to 2-11 on the season, but they played far beyond their record Friday despite traveling twenty-plus hours by bus to Gainesville.
The Gators got on the scoreboard first as Josh Rivera grounded into a fielder’s choice that plated Wyatt Langford. Florida added a run in the second when Cade Kurland walked, but the Gators were unable to push any more runs across the plate despite having the bases loaded with just one out.
Florida starter Brandon Sproat wasnt his best version as he only lasted four innings, but he did keep the Saints off the scoreboard.
Freshman Cade Fisher entered in the fifth and Siena pounced, striking for two runs to even the score. Fisher settled in, completing a second inning of work with no further damage.
In the bottom of the sixth, Tyler Shelnut broke the deadlock with a bomb of a home run to left-center.
Florida relievers Nick Ficarrotta and Brandon Neely closed the win out with three scoreless innings.
Freshman leadoff hitter Cade Kurland finished 2-3 and added a walk and a hit by pitch. Langford left early after being hit by a foul ball, additionally, Luke Heyman’s day was cut short when he appeared to pull his hamstring rounding first. There was no update following the game.
Florida and Siena will continue the series Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 4:00 PM.