The Gators baseball team is now on an eight game winning streak after defeating Missouri 4-3, after 15 innings Saturday in Colombia.
Florida’s bullpen threw a total of 12.2 scoreless innings in their 15-inning victory over Mizzou. Saturday’s pitching staff included the efforts of Danny Young, Aaron Rhodes, Parker Danciu, Eric Hanhold, Daniel Gibson, Ryan Harris, Bobby Poyner, and Johnny Magliozzi. Freshman lefty, Danny Young started the game, but was taken out in the third inning after giving up three runs and six hits to the Tigers. Once Rhodes took over on the mound, the rest of Florida’s bullpen kept Mizzou scoreless for the remainder of the afternoon.
After keeping the Gators scoreless in the top of the first inning, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half after Keaton Steele hit a two-run homer over the left field wall.
Florida didn’t strike the scoreboard until the third inning on a two-out RBI single by sophomore Casey Turgeon, followed by freshman Richie Martin who hit a double to bring Turgeon home. The Tigers then walked catcher Taylor Gushue, but retired sophomore Justin Shafer to a fly out in foul territory to end the bottom half of the third inning.
Gators freshman outfielder Harrison Bader extended his hitting streak to eight games in the fifth inning, but the rest of Florida’s fifth inning lineup was retired by Tigers starting pitcher Brett Graves. Gators Senior first baseman Vickash Ramjit brought his hitting streak up to six games in the second inning with a single.
After freshman Eric Hanhold pitched a solid sixth inning, Gators sophomore Josh Tobias walked to first base to start the bottom half of the frame. Bader then hit a single to push Tobias to second, followed by senior Cody Dent with a sacrafice bunt to move Bader and Tobias into scoring position and erase the possibility of a force out. Florida’s center-fielder, Martin delivered an RBI groundout, followed by Turgeon with a two-out single to score Bader and bring the Gators closer but still trailing the Tigers 2-3.
Florida’s tying run came when Bader scored on a fielding error by Tigers junior third baseman Shane Segovia. With just one out, Florida senior Cody Dent, retaliated with a base-hit. Martin then walked to first base, loading the bases with just one out. Turgeon hit a grounder to second, driving in Bader for Florida’s eventual winning run in the top of the 15th inning.
The Gators and Tigers will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. You can catch all of the action on our sister station Country 103-7 the Gator starting at 12:55 p.m.