No. 6 Gators Walk Away With Series Win Against Miami

No. 6 Florida Gators baseball (10-3) won the game and took the series against No. 22 Miami Hurricanes (8-4) on Sunday. They run-ruled the Hurricanes in the eighth inning on a Ty Evans two-run homer that put the final score at 14-4.

Caglianone dominant on the mound against Miami

Jac Caglianone began the day with a pair of strikeouts in the first and sat the Hurricanes down in order. He did this for the next inning as well. It was not until the third inning that the Hurricanes would get their first base runner via a walk. Furthermore, Caglianone did not give up a hit until the fourth inning. The Hurricanes got their first run with a sac fly in this fourth inning also.

For Caglianone, he rebounded from giving up this run by throwing two more shutdown innings in the fifth and sixth. His day would end after the sixth inning. Caglianone’s final line would be six innings pitched with eight strikeouts, four hits, one walk and one earned run. He also would be the winning pitcher on the day.

Caglianone felt that his range of pitches on Sunday were all working for him when asked about his performance against the Hurricanes.

In the seventh, Florida brought in Brandon Neely. He immediately threw a 1, 2, 3 inning, striking out two batters and retiring the other via a flyout. Unfortunately for Neely, the eighth would not be as easy. Miami scored three runs to drop Florida’s lead to 9-4 and he did not finish the inning either.

The next pitcher out of the bullpen was Cade Fisher. Fisher got some help from his shortstop Josh Rivera to get out of the eighth without allowing any more runs. Rivera made a jumping catch for one and flipped it over to Cade Kurland at second base for the double-play. This would be the last defensive play as the Gators run-ruled the Hurricanes in the next inning.

Gators jump out in front of early and did not look back

On offense, the Gators began the day scoring in the first three innings of the game. In the first inning, the Gators hit four straight two-out singles after a pitch hit Wyatt Langford and Josh Rivera walked. For the second, BT Riopelle entered the batter’s box with bases loaded and smashed a no-doubt grand slam to extend Florida’s lead to 8-0 over Miami.

Riopelle said he felt more comfortable coming into today then he has been in the past couple of weeks.

Then, Cade Kurland brought in Colby Halter on a single up the middle that pushed their lead to 9-0 in just the third inning. The offense did cool off over the next four though, going scoreless until the eighth inning.

Florida made sure they came back alive one more time in the eighth. Wyatt Langford, with a runner on first, started the scoring by hitting a two-run moonshot over the left-field wall. Shortly after that, Josh Rivera hit a home run of his own to put the Gator lead back at eight runs.

And for the final runs of the day, they would be driven in by Ty Evans. Having a runner on base and being up 12-4, all Evans had to do was hit a home run to end the game. That is just what he did, and he made sure to leave little doubt in anyone’s mind if it was gone or not.

Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan made sure after the game to give his praise to their opponents, and note the importance of this series win.

Upcoming week for Florida

All five games for the upcoming week for Florida will be at home. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Gators will face FAU. Then, they welcome Siena for their weekend series. This will be the last weekend before SEC play begins.

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