Florida junior left-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner had a great season in the Cape Cod League. And if Friday night’s performance is any indication of how his season at Florida will go this year, it’s looking good for the newly appointed Gators ace. Poyner (1-0) went 5 1/3 innings as 20th-ranked Florida (1-0) shut out the Maryland Terrapins (0-1) 4-0. Poyner, Ryan Harris, and Danny Young combined on a three-hitter in the season opener.
The third inning proved to be all the Gators needed. Florida used three runs on three hits to give Poyner all the support he needed. Freshmen Peter Alonzo and Buddy Reed both got on base with Alonzo singling in his first career at-bat and Reed drawing a walk. Sophomore Richie Martin singled to load the bases before Ryan Larson’s fielder’s choice scored two runs, the first of which Maryland’s catcher couldn’t hold onto the ball and the second on smart base-running by Reed. Taylor Gushue extended the lead to 3-0 after an RBI single. Gushue also tacked on a sacrifice-fly in the sixth to get the game to the final score of 4-0.
Sophomore Danny Young came into the ballgame in the eighth and retired all six batters he faced. Young earned his first career save in the outing, preserving Florida’s shutout. Florida and Maryland square off again today at 4 pm. Freshman righties Brett Morales and Mike Shawaryn will take the bump for the Gators and Terps respectively.
Check out the postgame interviews here (h/t GatorZone):