The No. 18 Gators’ baseball team swept the season series from the Georgia Bulldogs Sunday afternoon in Gainesville. Florida (27-13) defeated the Bulldogs (21-18) 10-3 to complete the sweep as the Gators used a ten-hit effort to extend their seven-game winning streak.
Sophomore Danny Young (5-0) picked up the win after tossing five innings and giving up two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. Boing took the the loss for Georgia. He only lasted one inning after surrendering five runs on three hits and three walks to start the game.
The Bulldogs scored first on a junior Nelson Ward single to center field that scored redshirt junior Conor Welton, however it was all Florida from there.
Florida responded in the bottom of the first inning with a two-RBI triple from sophomore Harrison Bader. Junior Braden Mattson then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Bader and put the Gators on top 3-1.
The scoring frenzy continued in the second inning when Bader singled through the left side to score freshman John Sternagel. Catcher Taylor Gushue then knocked in double play partners shortstop Richie Martin and second baseman Casey Turgeon on a single. Bader came around to score with a sacrifice fly from freshman Peter Alonso to give the Gators a 7-1 lead.
Turgeon belted a two-run home run in the fifth inning, and outfield freshman Buddy Reed hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning that scored junior Zack Powers. Florida was outhit by the Bulldogs but made the most of their hits as they cruised to seven-run win over their SEC East rival.
Three Gators had multi-hit days as Turgeon, Bader, and Gushue all had at least two hits. Bader collected three RBI and scored three runs in the contest.
Georgia had eight players collect at least one hit and five hitters had at least two hits, but they were unable to muster many runs as the Gators turned double plays and kept the Bulldog runners from crossing home plate. Florida’s offense was on point as they managed six walks and struck out only two times all day.
Florida will take on Jacksonville University on Tuesday at McKethan Stadium. The Dolphins (13-25) split a two-game series this weekend against East Tennessee State after the third game of the series was cancelled due to rain. First pitch is scheduled for 7 PM.