“I felt good, right when I woke up I knew it was going to be a good day.”
Those words spoken by Florida freshman pitcher Alex Faedo and he made it stick as he posts an excellent start on the mound to help Florida beat South Carolina 12-2 to complete a three game sweep on Sunday.
After taking the first two games of the series in dominant fashion, Florida got right back on the scoring train in the second inning of Game 3 with a one out RBI from catcher Mike Rivera. Freshman Dalton Guthrie kept things going two batters later when he drove in a couple more runs with a base hit.
Another freshman stamped his name on this game. The red hot JJ Schwarz hit two more homers in the game, giving him 12 on the season. He has now homered seven times in the last four games he has played and he says it is a once in a lifetime kind of week.
Ryan Larson had three hits, as did Rivera as Florida pounded out 14 hits in the game.
The Orange and Blue pitching was stifling Sunday afternoon as well. Faedo picked up the win, his first in SEC play, by pitching into the sixth inning. He struck out six. The Gator relief pitching allowed only one run, a home run by Kyle Martin in the ninth inning off of Taylor Lewis.
Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan had this to say about the pitching performance.
“Obviously, the start from Alex Faedo was really good. He threw the ball really well. I could tell that he lost his release point in the sixth. They had so many left-handed hitters, but Bobby Poyner came in and did a great job. It was also good to get Taylor Lewis back out there. Overall, it was a great weekend for us.”
Florida is now third in the SEC East standings, 2.5 games behind top squad Vanderbilt. Next up for UF is Florida State this Tuesday on the road in the series rubber match.
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