After dropping two midweek games, the No. 12 Florida Gators (28-15) got back to their winning ways as they defeated SEC rival Missouri (19-21) Friday night at McKethan Stadium. The two losses could potentially knock Florida out of the rankings, but a strong showing this against the Tigers like tonight could keep them ranked.
Logan Shore was dominant on the mound as the freshman allowed only five hits and one run in 7.1 innings. He picked up the win to improve to 5-2 on the season. His counterpart Brett Graves gave up five runs on seven hits in seven innings on the mound. The Missouri junior took the loss and fell to 3-3.
It was a career night for DH Peter Alonso. He was 3-4 with five RBI as the Missouri pitching staff could not find an answer for him. Alonso had a two-RBI single in the second, an RBI triple in the sixth, and a two-RBI double in the eighth. He was a home run shy of the cycle, something that hasn’t been done since Derek Nicholson accomplished the feat against Kentucky back in 1998.
Florida had two more RBI on the night: Harrison Bader had a single in the third to score Casey Turgeon, and Braden Mattson hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth scoring Zack Powers. Taylor Gushue was 2-3 and scored two runs. Powers also scored twice.
Missouri had one run on six hits and one error. The Gators collected seven runs on eight hits and also had one error.
The same two teams will meet Saturday in game two of the series. Sophomore Aaron Rhodes (4-2) is scheduled to start for the Gators and will face off against Eric Anderson (2-2) a redshirt senior.