May 28, 2011; Hoover, AL, USA; Florida Gators Pitcher Brian Johnson pitches during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Tournament at Regions Park. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Florida Gators 8 - South Carolina Gamecocks 2; Baseball Team Pulls Even

On Saturday, the No. 1 Florida Gators pulled even in their weekend series with the No. 8 South Carolina Gamecocks. Thanks to a big first inning in which the Gators scored five runs, Florida held on for the 8-2 victory over their SEC rivals.

Brian Johnson was a star on both the mound and at the plate. As the starting pitcher, the junior pitched 6.0 strong innings to get his fourth win of the season. Johnson allowed the only two runs the Gamecocks scored, but was able to keep South Carolina’s hitters in check one night after they had twice as many hits (12 on Thursday compared to six on Friday). At the plate, Johnson went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. In the first, he was the second half of back-to-back homeruns with junior Mike Zunino.

The Gators would get insurance runs in the second, sixth and ninth innings to keep the game out of the Gamecocks’ reach. With the victory, Florida improves to 21-2 (4-1 SEC) while South Carolina falls to 17-6 (1-4 SEC). The two face off a final time on Saturday.

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