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Florida Baseball Sweeps Tide In Tuscaloosa

The Florida baseball team came out on top yet again Sunday defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 13-3 t to secure its fourth SEC series sweep of the season.  Florida has the best record in the SEC at 18-6 and stands 33-15 overall.

Florida jumped out early in Sunday’s game, getting five runs in the first three innings.  Alabama didn’t do much to keep up with UF’s attack and trailed 5-1 at that point. 

In his first SEC start since 2012, Florida’s Karsten Whitson had one of his best outings of the season, going four strong innings allowing just one run to score.  Whitson was replaced by freshman Kirby Snead in the fifth who ended up earning the win for the Gators, his second of the year.  

It was another UF freshman that stole the show Sunday as Peter Alonso had another huge game for the Gators.  Alonso went 3-4 on the day with four RBI, improving his season total to 25 which is tied for the third most on the team with Braden Mattson.  Casey Turgeon also did damage Sunday, going 2-4, scoring a run as well.  Turgeon had a field day with the Crimson Tide pitching staff tallying eight hits on the weekend.  In all, eight different Gators delivered a hit in Sunday’s victory. 

The Gators put the game far out of reach in the eighth and ninth, adding three runs in each half inning.  The win ties UF’s most consecutive SEC victories with 11.  It is also the first time since 2011 that Florida has swept a team away from Gainesville in conference play and the first time since 1988 that Florida swept Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  

Florida next plays on Tuesday against a very good Mercer team before Vanderbilt comes to town for a three game series starting on Thursday.    

For postgame comments from Gator coach Kevin O’Sullivan, click below.

Kevin O’Sullivan

Kevin O’Sullivan 

Kevin O’Sullivan

Kevin O’Sullivan

Kevin O’Sullivan

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