Jun 12, 2011; Florida Gators catcher Mike Zunino (3) reacts after defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Gainesville super regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium. Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

#25 Florida Baseball Routs #1 Florida State


The No. 25 Florida (21-12) baseball team routed the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles (26-6) 8-0 on Tuesday night in Tallahassee.  It was the first game of the season the top-ranked Seminoles have been shut out and the fifth time this season the Gators have shutout an opponent.  This was a great way to bounce back from a subpar performance this past weekend, and Florida has won all three games against their in-state rival and finishing off the sweep.

Scoreless through four inning of play, the Gators struck first in the fifth.  Third baseman John Sternagel singled home DH Peter Alonso who had walked earlier in the inning.  The next batter, junior Casey Turgeon, cleaned up the bases by belting a three-run home run.  Turgeon also had an RBI single in the eighth inning and was 2-5 on the night with 4 RBI.

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Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The Gators had ten hits as a team, and eight of the Florida starters had at least one hit.

Starting pitcher Danny Young (4-0) picked up the win after going 5.0 innings.  He was untouchable as the Seminoles managed only two hits off the lefty sophomore.  Young had five strikeouts to go along with six ground outs.

Florida State could only muster four hits all night off of the Gator pitching staff.  This was a huge turnaround from the weekend and a much needed boost of morale before the weekend contest against South Carolina.  Despite giving up eight walks altogether, the Gators shutout FSU on the road for the first time since 1989.  If Florida played Florida State every game this season, at this rate they would be undefeated.

A game that lasted 3 hours and 33 minutes, fans got to see Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston pitch the final 1.1 innings for the Seminoles.  The two-sport star did not allow a hit and had one strikeout in the four batters he faced, but the damage had already been done.  Five of the seven Florida State pitchers used allowed at least one run.

Florida had eight runs on ten hits with one error.  Florida State scored no runs with four hits and three errors defensively.

Up next for the Fighting Gators is a three-game set with No. 4 South Carolina (27-5) in Columbia.  The Gamecocks defeated Furman Tuesday night but lost two of three games against Arkansas this past weekend.  The Gators swept the USC in three games at home last season and look to do the same on the road this year.

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