The No. 1 Florida State Seminoles (17-3) moved into the top spot of the baseball polls this week. The Florida Gators (14-7) were not intimidated one bit as they took down the best team in college baseball Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. Florida upset Florida State 3-1 in the first of the three meetings between the two rivals this season.
The Gators struck first in the bottom of the third inning when junior Josh Tobias hit the first pitch he saw out of the park putting UF up 1-0. Tobias was 1-3 on the night with his home run.
Junior Jose Brizuela tied things up for the Seminoles in the sixth inning, when he matched Tobias’s homerun with one of his own. The third baseman was the leading hitter for FSU on the night going 3-4 with one RBI.
The tie was short lived as Florida took the lead once more in their half of the sixth inning. Sophomore Harrison Bader had an RBI triple, scoring shortstop Richie Martin. Martin had led off the inning with a double down the right field line and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by junior Casey Turgeon.
Bader then scored on a sacrifice fly from junior catcher Taylor Gushue. It was all the offense Florida would need the rest of the night as the Seminoles were held hitless the final three innings of the game.
Florida used three pitchers in the game starting with sophomore Danny Young. Young went three innings and gave up no runs on six hits. Aaron Rhodes came on in relief in the fourth and allowed FSU’s only run on three hits. Bobby Poyner closed the game out by giving up no runs and no hits in the last three frames.
Senior Peter Miller took the loss for Florida State as he surrendered two runs on three hits in 5.1 IP. It was a good outing for Miller who found himself in the middle of a pitcher’s duel.
Florida State scored one run on nine hits with no errors. The Gators scored three runs on six hits and also had no errors. Florida and Florida State will meet again in one week at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida.
Next up for the Gators is their newest SEC opponent Texas A&M (14-7). Florida will travel to College Station for a weekend series that begins Friday night at 7:35 PM with two afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday. Florida is currently tied for the SEC East lead with South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, all with a 2-1 conference record.