Josh Rivera throws the ball in a game last season. Photo courtesy of Tim Casey.

Florida Baseball moves on after Georgia Sweep

Florida Baseball returns to Gainesville after suffering a three-game series sweep at the hands of Georgia. Georgia started the series off on Thursday with a dramatic 7-6 walk off win. Then, the Gators dropped game two after struggling offensively with a 6-1 score. Finally, things started to look up as the Gators held the lead through the first seven innings of the series finale. But, it fell apart fast and hard when the Bulldogs had a massive inning at the plate registering eight runs.

Moving Forward

Following the SEC sweep, the Gators return back to the drawing board. As the schedule only gets increasingly difficult moving forward, adjustments need to be made both on the mound and at the plate. Following the loss, Head Coach Sullivan said the team is focused on getting a great practice in on Monday.

“We’ve got some really difficult weekends coming up. We’re certainly capable. We are going to go into every weekend thinking we can win and that’s the bottom line. Can’t get caught up on the outside stuff,” explained Sullivan. “We just got to stay focused on what we can control. That is just trying to get better.”

It’s important for the Gators to not allow the series to weigh on them moving forward.

“We have no choice at this point but to stay together. Obviously, there’s going to be a lot of negativity about what’s going on, but we have to band together,” stated Sullivan.

Looking at the Good

Despite the series loss, the Gators added several clips to their highlight reels. Mac Guscette sent out his first career homerun on Friday on his 2-for-4 day at the plate. In game two, BT Riopelle connected with multiple hits on Saturday and registered his 1oth homerun of the season. Through the series, Jud Fabian sent out two homers to put his SEC-leading total at 12.

On the mound, Brandon Sproat tied his career high with eight strikeouts despite his loss on Saturday. Head Coach Sullivan was happy with his start.

“I don’t want to take away from the effort Brandon had tonight. He was really, really good. A guy goes six innings and gives up three, it’s a quality start. He attacked the strike zone, so I’m really pleased with his start,” said Sullivan.

The Florida Gators are back at home on Tuesday to host Florida A&M at 6 P.M.

About Parker Welch

Parker Welch is a Senior at the University of Florida majoring in Sports Media at the College of Journalism & Communications.

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