The Florida Gators (7-6) won their second road game in a row Tuesday night, as they defeated the Southern Miss (6-7) 4-2. The Gators defeated the Golden Eagles for the first time in the baseball series between the two schools. It was the last preparation away from home before their first SEC road trip against Texas A&M towards the end of March.
Junior Braden Mattson led the way for Florida by going 3-4 with two RBI at the plate. He is currently the team’s second leading hitter with a .342 batting average, trailing only shortstop Richie Martin who currently boasts a .352 average from the lead-off spot. Martin extended his hitting streak once again to 17 games, dating back to 2013. Mattson singled to left field in the 6th inning and to right field in the 7th inning to knock in a run each time for the Gators.
Florida starter Danny Young gave up two runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work on the mound. The sophomore southpaw came away with a no-decision but delivered a quality outing by keeping the Gators in the game. Sophomore Aaron Rhodes gave up only one hit in 3.2 innings pitched, giving him a 0.73 ERA for the season so far. Ryan Harris needed only three pitches and one out to record his second save of the year for the Gators.
The Florida baseball team begins a weekend series with Connecticut on Friday night at 7 PM at McKethan Stadium. UConn is 4-5 on the season and is making its second trip to play games in Florida, after having participated in the Snowbird Classic with Ohio State, Indiana State, and Auburn to start the season. They lost two out of three games against Lipscomb this past weekend and had two games go into extra innings.