It was an outstanding performance from senior Aaron Rhodes on Saturday. The RHP sophomore went the distance throwing a one-hit shutout against the Missouri Tigers (19-23). No. 12 Florida (29-15) took the series with the victory as they won the first game Friday night. They will go for the series sweep and their fourth of the season on Sunday.
Rhodes was one second-inning double away from a no-hitter. Missouri left fielder Dillon Everett was the only Tiger to record a hit off of him. Rhodes did give up two walks, but he struck out six in a career day on the mound.
Tigers’ starter senior Eric Anderson (2-3) suffered the loss. With Missouri not being able to score any runs off of Rhodes, it was only a matter of which pitcher would get the “L”. Anderson surrendered one run off two hits in 3.1 innings pitched. One run would be all the Gators needed to earn the victory and was enough to knock Anderson out of the game early on.
Florida scored its first run in the second inning when catcher Taylor Gushue scored on a ground ball hit by first baseman Zack Powers that resulted in a double play. Unfortunately, double plays do not count as RBI, but Powers still ended the day with one after he hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. His third of the year put the Gators up 4-0 at that point.
Junior Casey Turgeon was 2-4 with two RBI on the day. He singled home third baseman John Sternagel in the fifth and bunted in freshman Buddy Reed in the seventh. Reed was 2-3 and scored twice.
The series finale will be Sunday at 1 PM. Junior John Miles (2-5) is scheduled to start for Missouri. Florida’s pitcher is TBA. A sweep would be the second conference sweep in a row, as the Gators swept Georgia last weekend. Florida will also go for its eighth conference victory in a row.