The No. 1 Florida Gators have decided they don’t want this streak to end. With a 13-5 win on Saturday night, the Gators have now won 10 in a row over the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes.
Sometimes a player will have a tough outing in one respect, but a great game in another. That was the case Saturday night with junior Brian Johnson. Johnson started on the mound for the Gators, but only last 3.1 innings after giving up five earned runs on nine hits. Fortunately for Florida, those would be the only runs the Gators would give up. Even better, they would get to see what Johnson could do from the plate. The junior went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, five RBI and a homerun. Johnson raised his season batting average to .450, which would lead the team if he didn’t only have 20 at-bats.
Freshman Taylor Gushue continued his hot start to his Florida career. This time playing first base, Gushue went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, four RBI and two homeruns. Gushue raised his batting average to .333 and is tied for the team lead with nine RBI.
Unfortunately, not everyone was in on the power parade. Senior Preston Tucker went 0-for-5 for the second consecutive night. While his .293 batting average is nothing to worry about, he has cooled down considerably. It might not be a bad idea for Kevin O’Sullivan to let Tucker rest on Sunday and recharge for the upcoming week.
With the win, the Gators improve to 9-1 while the ‘Canes fall to 8-2 (even if their site will tell you they’re 9-1). The teams face off at 1:00 PM Sunday in the series finale and you can catch it live on Fox Sports Florida.