FLORIDA 6, FLORIDA STATE 3
Tallahassee, FL– If only football and basketball could have the same success against Florida State that the Gators baseball team has enjoyed. For the second straight year, Florida has swept their in-state rivals from the state’s capital.
The Seminoles actually started the scoring by plating a run on a solo home run by Cooper Swanson. Florida responded in the next frame, as they did each time the Seminoles scored. The Gators scored three runs in the fourth as Wil Dalton doubled down the right field line to score Jonathan India. India had doubled just before to extend his hitting streak to a surreal twenty games.
Dalton would score two batters later when Austin Langworthy hit an RBI single to left and push the Gators ahead 2-1. Second baseman Blake Reese (a Tallahassee native) followed with an RBI single that scored Langworthy.
The Seminoles closed the gap to 3-2 in the fifth inning, but the Gators answered quickly, adding two more runs in the sixth highlighted by Langworthy’s double to left center that scored Dalton and increase Florida’s lead to 5-2.
Following a Jackson Lueck solo homer to bring the ‘Noles to within two, the Gators countered with a solo shot from senior captain, JJ Schwarz.
Freshman Tommy Mace earned the win despite only pitching four innings for the Gators. Mace allowed two earned runs while walking two and striking out two more. Michael Byrne earned a four-out save for his eighth of the year. Byrne already owns the career record for saves in program history.
The Gators have now defeated the Seminoles in eight straight contests and thirteen of the last fourteen meetings overall.
Florida defeated Florida State 12-6 in Gainesville in March before taking the annual neutral field game in Jacksonville 1-0 just two weeks ago.
The Gators are the only team in the nation with 29 wins and hold a 29-6 overall record. Florida returns home this weekend for a conference showdown with Missouri that begins Friday at 6:30 PM.
W: Mace (3-0)
L: Andrew Karp (5-3)
S: Byrne (8)