The first road game for the 20th ranked Florida Gators (4-2) baseball team didn’t go quite as planned Friday night. The Gators lost to the 17th ranked Miami (3-2) Hurricanes 6-4.
Things were looking up for Florida in the first inning when they spotted three runs to start the game. Shortstop Richie Martin led off the game with a single and was then sacrificed to second base by Casey Turgeon. Martin then scored on a base hit by junior catcher Taylor Gushue. A double by Braden Mattson and a single by Justin Shafer would score the other two runs to give the Gators the early lead.
After a quick 1-2-3 inning for UF starter Bobby Poyner, Miami was able to answer back in the 2nd and 3rd innings with two runs apiece. A 2-out double by A Hernandez scored two runs, both unearned as a result of a fielding error earlier in the inning by third baseman Josh Tobias.
The Hurricanes scored two more runs in the bottom half of the 3rd inning. Third baseman David Thompson reached on a single up the middle, before advancing to second base on a balk by Poyner and third base on a ground out to shortstop. He then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3. Willie Abreu then homered to left field to give Miami its first lead of the night.
Solo home runs by Hurricanes’ center fielder Dale Carey in the 5th inning and catcher Garrett Kennedy in the 6th inning would give Miami all the runs they would need for the rest of the game.
In the 8th inning, Gushue doubled down the right field line and would later score to bring the Gators within two runs. He was a perfect 4-4 at the plate and scored twice while collecting his team-leading eighth RBI of the season.
Florida managed 4 runs on 10 hits with 1 error, while Miami scored 6 runs on 10 hits with 3 errors.
The same two teams meet again Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at 7 PM. The scheduled starters are freshman Brett Morales for the Gators and redshirt junior Bryan Radziewski for the Hurricanes. The game can be seen live on ESPN3.