The top ranked Florida baseball team lost a series for the first time this season after Ole Miss beat the Gators Sunday 7-6 to take two of three in the series.
After losing 3-0 Friday and winning 9-4 Saturday, things did not start well for Florida on Sunday as starting pitcher Jonathan Crawford was pulled in the second inning with Florida trailing 5-0.
But Florida clawed back, scoring four times in the fourth and once in the sixth to tie the game. The Gators took the lead with a run in the seventh but the Rebels tied it in their half of the inning.
It came down to the bottom of the ninth against Gators closer Austin Maddox as with one out catcher Will Allen hit a soft single; he left the game for pinch runner Bobby Wahl. Preston Overbey singled and Wahl just made it to third base. Designated hitter Zach Kirksey was intentionally walked to load the bases and Senquez Golson was next to hit for his first at bat in the contest.
Florida brought in Preson Tucker from the outfield to play first base and the Gators employed five infielders but Golson hit a slow roller toward Tucker and when he tried to come home, he threw wildly to allow the winning run to score.
Despite the loss, Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan is proud of how his team battled back.
With the two losses this weeked, Florida is now 24-4 (6-3 SEC), heading into Tuesday’s game at UNF (17-13/2-7 A-Sun). Tune into WRUF Sportsradio 850 for all the action, Tuesday night at 5:55pm.