The Gator baseball team is now 8-10 on the season after losing to Florida State on Tuesday night 4-1 in the first match-up between the two this season. Freshman lefty Danny Young started on the mound for the Gators and head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said that he did really well for his first career start.
O’Sullivan noticed Young’s improved performance against Indiana in relief on Sunday and had no doubt he would start him against the Seminoles.
However, the talk of the night was about FSU pitcher Luke Weaver, who ran his record to 3-0 as he gave up only three hits and an unearned run in the 6.1 innings he pitched. O’Sullivan said Weaver deserved the win.
While Weaver pitched well, O’Sullivan said that UF’s pitching needs to improve.
FSU got a first inning run off Young on an RBI double by Stephen McGee, and the Seminoles plated two more in the fourth on a two-run single by Giovanny Alfonso.
Florida got its lone run in the fourth when Taylor Gushue grounded out for what appeared to be the final out of the inning, but Weaver dropped a throw from first baseman John Nogowski and Harrison Bader scored. That would be all the scoring for Florida on the night.
The Gators threatened in the seventh getting two on with one out, and did so again in the eighth loading the bases, but Vickash Ramjit grounded out to end the threat. With the win, No. 5 FSU is now 16-0 on the season.
The news got worse for Florida when O’Sullivan said after the game that pitcher Keenan Kish would be lost for the season.
The Gators and Seminoles will also square off March 26 in Jacksonville and April 9 in Tallahassee. Florida starts SEC play this weekend against Kentucky. First game is set for Friday at 7 p.m.