The 10th ranked Florida baseball team beats 25th ranked Florida State on Tuesday, 10-7; with the win, the Gators sweep the Sunshine Sundown for the 2017 season.
Horvath Comes in Clutch
Freshman Tyler Dyson made his first career start in his college career against the Seminoles. He only lasted 1.2 innings and allowed three runs to Florida State, two of them earned. Kirby McMullen came in relief but only lasted 1.1 innings and Frank Rubio didn’t record an out.
Nick Horvath was the fourth pitcher to come on for the Gators and he was dominant. Over 3.1 innings, he only allowed three base runners while striking out a trio. Florida State recorded at least a run in the first four innings but could not crack Horvath.
For the final 2.2 innings, Austin Langworthy allowed two runs but ultimately closed the door on Florida’s regular season chapter against the Seminoles.
Two Big Innings Power Offense
When it’s all said and done, Florida left 11 runners on base. Yet, they tallied 10 runs in the course of just two innings.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the second, the Gators put up a four-spot. Mike Rivera, who later had to leave the game after injuring himself swinging at a pitch, was hit by a pitch and Jonathan India and Austin Langworthy walked. Senior Ryan Larson drove in Rivera with a single to make him 10 for-19 in the past four games. Christian Hicks followed with another single to score Langworthy and India to take the lead. Before the end of the inning, Deacon Liput drove in Larson on a ground out.
The Seminoles would tie the game up at 4-4 entering the fourth inning, and then Florida had their biggest inning of the night.
Hicks drove in two runs again with a double in the inning then came on home after a Liput sac fly. Then with the bags loaded, India cleared the bases with a double to centerfield.
Florida’s weekend series starts earlier due to Easter being on Sunday. They will travel on Wednesday for Game 1 against Vanderbilt on Thursday. Alex Faedo, Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar in that order will start the games on the mound for the Gators. Both Vandy and Florida enter the series at 6-6 in league play.