The Miami long ball hurt Florida Friday night, and it did the same Saturday.
A three-run home run from freshman Zack Collins sealed the second consecutive No. 17 Miami win over No. 20 Florida 5-2, officially taking the series from the Gators.
The win clinches Miami’s (4-2) first series win over Florida (4-3) since 2009, when the Hurricanes swept the Gators in Gainesville.
Collins’s homer, his first hit of the season, broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning and ended up being the game-winning hit for the Hurricanes. Pitcher Danny Young, who had come in for the Gators to replace reliever Eric Hanhold, gave up the hit off a first-pitch fastball.
Florida starting pitcher Brett Morales had also given up a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to Garrett Kennedy, which extended the Miami lead to 2-0.
The Gators scored their two runs off a Ryan Larson sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth, which brought Braden Mattson home, and a Justin Shafer RBI single the next inning, which led Taylor Gushue to cross the plate.
Florida will finish the three-game series with Miami Sunday at 1 p.m. Right-hander Karsten Whitson (0-0, 13.50) will get the start opposite Miami lefty Andrew Suarez (1-0, 1.80).
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