The University of Florida baseball team committed six errors that helped Georgia Southern to an 8-7, 12th inning win over the Gators Wednesday night in Gainesville.
Florida trailed 6-1 after allowing the Eagles to score twice in the fourth and three times in the fifth with the aid of three Gator errors. Florida stormed back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game on a two run single by Casey Turgeon and a three run homer by Justin Shafer, his first as a Gator.
Florida took a 7-6 lead in the sixth, which held up until the top of the ninth when Georgia Southern tied the game at 7-7 on a two out RBI single by senior T.D. Davis off Florida closer Johnny Magliozzi. Davis recorded three of Georgia Southern’s 10 hits and scored three runs for the Eagles.
Florida had several chances to win the game, but the Eagles took an 8-7 lead in the 12th and the Gators were retired in the bottom of the inning in order.
Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said the team could have played a lot better.
Although this young team has not had a lot of playing time, O’Sullivan said he believes the team will get stronger on defense and that it is going to take some time.
The Gators have a quick turnaround as they play host to Florida Gulf Coast in a three game series starting Friday. O’Sullivan said the team needs to look past this game and focus on the upcoming series.
Fridays game is set to start at 7 p.m. in Gainesville and you can hear it live on ESPN Radio 850/900 starting at 6:55 p.m.