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Gator Baseball Finishes 14 Game Home Stand with Win Over JU

The 14th ranked Gator baseball team scored early and then hung on to beat Jacksonville, 13-8 on Tuesday night as they finished off a 14 game home-stand.

How It Happened?

Florida freshman starting pitcher Nolan Crisp set the tone early and Florida’s offense took advantage. The first four batters in the first inning reached base and captain Nelson Maldonado gave UF a 1-0 lead with an RBI single to left.

Next, Kendrick Calilao singled to bring in another run for Florida and Maldonado scored on an error for a 3-0 Gator lead through one inning.

After that, in the third inning the Gators added three more as Calilao drove home a run with a sacrifice fly, that was followed by Cory Acton singling home Maldonado and Wil Dalton scoring on a wild pitch to give Florida the lead, 6-0.

Florida would later extend the lead to 11-2 through five innings but then JU’s Duncan Hunter hit a three-run homer in the sixth and first baseman John Cassala cut the lead to three with a three-run shot in the seventh to make it 11-8.

Likewise, Florida’s Brady McConnell gave the Gators a few insurance runs with a two-run home run in the bottom of the half of the inning to make it 13-8.

He went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a career-high four RBI’s that included his two-run homer.

Nolan Crisp Delivered

Florida freshman pitcher Nolan Crisp set the tone early in his first ever collegiate start. After not seeing any time on the mound last weekend, Crisp retired the first seven batters he faced and only allowed one base runner through four innings.

Crisp would later get limited on a pitch count that brought in Ben Specht to take over on the mound. Normally working in a bullpen role, Crisp is tied for the national lead with seven saves on the year.

To sum up, Gator head coach Kevin O’Sullivan spoke on his performance on the mound.

Up Next:

Florida travels to Nashville for a three-game series at number six Vanderbilt starting on Thursday. All three games will be broadcast on the Gator Sports Network and SEC Network+.

 

 

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