The Florida baseball team has now won five straight SEC games after they edged Mississippi State Saturday afternoon by a final of 2 to 1. The win helped Florida clinch the series against the Bulldogs.
The Gators had proven they could win in high scoring shootouts but this game showed the SEC that they could get it done on the mound as well. Florida starter Dane Dunning lasted 5.1 innings, giving up just four hits and one run. In relief Aaron Rhodes got the win after pitching an inning and senior Bobby Poyner got his third save with shutout relief as well.
UF head coach Kevin O’Sullivan was pleased with Saturday’s performance.
“This should help our team winning a game like this showing that we can play well on the road and having to make big pitches. I thought Dane (Dunning) gave us a really good start and made some big pitches early and had the big strikeout with the runner at third in the second inning.”
Florida’s Peter Alonso had his break out game Saturday against the Bulldogs. Alonso gave Florida a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a two out single. Alonso was three for four on the night. Peter also scored the go ahead run for the Gators in the seventh when Ryan Larson brought him home on a squeeze bunt.
Offensively Mississippi State struggled only scoring one run on five hits.
Florida will send Alex Faedo to the mound Sunday for Game Three against the Bulldogs. Catch the action on Country 103-7 The Gator with Steve Russell and Jeff Cardozo starting at 2:55 pm.
Sound from the game