After 12 innings of rivalry baseball the Florida baseball team fell to the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee Tuesday night by a final of 4 to 3. The Noles took the season series from the Gators two games to one, redeeming themselves from a 2014 sweep.
Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan had this to say about the loss.
“It was a good game. We played well, obviously not well enough to win. We made some mistakes pitching-wise and gave up four solo homers but we had some opportunities late in the ballgame to have some good at bats with runners in scoring position. We stole two or three innings in a row to get the runners in scoring position and we just quite couldn’t have a good at bat. I thought Josh Tobias’ at bat there in the top of the 12th was a really good at bat – he hit the ball on the nose to the second baseman. We didn’t quite do enough to win the ballgame.”
On the mound to start the game for Florida was sophomore righty Shaun Anderson. Anderson lasted 2.1 innings on the hill striking out one while allowing one run. and allowing one run to reach home. In all, six Gator pitchers were used in the game.
Offensively Florida was not as successful as they were in this past week of baseball. Harrison Bader and J.J. Schwarz carried the load Tuesday night just like they have been doing all season. Combined they had five hits and two RBI, one of them coming on a home run from Schwarz, who hit his eighth homer in his last five games with a bomb in the sixth inning.
FSU scored all its runs on solo home runs, taking a 1-0 second inning lead on a homer from Dylan Busby. Florida went up 2-1 in the third on RBI hits from Bader and Pete Alonso but another Busby homer in the fourth tied the game.
Florida took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on the Schwarz homer but FSU tied it in the eighth on a long homer to right by designated hitter Chris Marconcini. Florida left the bases loaded in the 12th inning and in the bottom of the inning, Quincy Nieporte send the home crowd home happy with a game ending home run off reliever Frank Rubio.
Florida who is now 28-10 will look ahead to Mississippi State on the road this upcoming weekend.
Sound from the game