The top ranked Gators baseball team is now 16-1 after defeating Florida State 9-2 Tuesday night. The victory extends Florida’s winning streak to 14 games, a record that has not been matched since 2004. Gators head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is now 5-0 against the Seminoles at McKethan Stadium, where 6,005 fans made for a record crowd Tuesday night.
FSU’s 2-0 lead in the third was short-lived as Gators’ relief pitching tossed six and a third innings of scoreless baseball.
Meanwhile the Gators offense got it going as senior Preston Tucker clubbed a three-run bomb in the bottom of the third, followed by six additional unanswered runs to secure the win. Junior Mike Zunino and senior Daniel Pigott each had two RBI’s for Florida and junior Nolan Fontana hit his fourth home run of the season in the sixth.
Tucker says FSU was the best team Florida has played this year, and was great preparation for upcoming SEC games.
The Gators will have two more matchups this season against the Seminoles in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Fontana says the team needs to play the same way on the road as they did at home in order to win.
Florida will continue its season Wednesday night with an exhibition game against the Ontario Blue Jays at home. Tune in to WRUF Sportsradio 850 for live coverage of the game starting at 7.