The number 14 Florida baseball team gets a win over fifth ranked FSU 6-3 Tuesday evening in Jacksonville. The Gators tallied a combined 11 hits on the night in the win.
At the Plate
The first was inning was scoreless and the Gators entered the second down 1-0. Josh Rivera responded by getting the scoring started with a double down the left field line to bring in Deric Fabian. Then in the third, Wyatt Langford grabbed an RBI after he reached on a fielder’s choice to put the Gators on top.
Langford got the Gators bats rolling in the fifth when he tripled to left center. BT Riopelle drove in Langford by grounding out to second base. Then, Rivera homered to left field to bring in two runs and the Gators led 5-2.
Finally, the Gators finished up their scoring in the eighth with an unearned run.
Thompson led the Gators offensively, going 3 for 5 and Rivera also had a big night, going 3 for 4.
On the Mound
Garrett Milchin started off on the mound for the Gators and grabbed an early strikeout in the first inning. Later in the third, Nick Ficarotta stepped up to finish out the inning and allowed one hit and one run. In the fourth inning, Brandon Neely struck two out swinging and then fanned two more in the fifth. Neely left the mound only allowing one hit and no runs.
Philip Abner struck a batter out swinging during his 1.1 innings of work but got into a jam. Finally, Blake Purnell closed out the game, allowing one run to score that was Abner’s responsibility but otherwise he was lights out, allowing no runs and no hits.
At the Field
The Gators made several notable plays out in the field Tuesday night. The second inning was made short and sweet when the Gators pulled off a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning. In the third, Langford made an over the wall robbing catch of a ball hit by FSU’s Logan Lacey, robbing him of a possible home run.
Up next, the Gators travel to Athens for a three-game series against Georgia in a Thursday, Friday, Saturday series.