The Florida Gators baseball team is an enigma. They play so well on weekends, but midweek games continue to vex them. They have an 8-1 record against top four teams, yet lose to teams that have no business competing with Florida. One day after losing to visiting Jacksonville, the Gators dropped the second game of their five game week against the Florida A&M Rattlers, 4-3. Florida fell to 27-15 on the season with the loss.
Florida struck first blood in the first inning when FAMU’s William Carrasco tried to catch Harrison Bader stealing at second. Richie Martin was sitting on third and scored easily to give the Gators the 1-0 lead.
Ryan Kennedy flipped to momentum to the Rattlers with a two-run blast in the fourth to give Florida A&M the 2-1 lead.
UF answered in the sixth with Bader’s RBI single to tie the game at two. Casey Turgeon scored on the base hit after being hit by a pitch.
Jeremy Barlow used Florida A&M’s second two-run homer of the game to put the Rattlers up for good in the seventh, 4-2. Barlow went 3-for-4 in the game with two RBI in the game.
Bader continued his impressive night with a solo shot to cut the lead to 4-3, but that would be all Florida could muster. Bader went 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI for the Gators.
Florida used seven pitchers with Shaun Anderson (0-1) taking the loss for the Gators. Brandon Fleming (3-3) picked up the win and Kendal Weeks (1S) notched the save for the 18-21 Rattlers.
UF continues to struggle lately during midweek games, losing to the likes of Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville, and now Florida A&M. The Gators will try to get back on track as they host Missouri this weekend at McKethan Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:00 pm Friday.