In a game that no one got to see on TV because the ACC said so, Florida baseball took care of business against the Neighbors to the West, emerging with a 7-5 victory to complete the season sweep of the Seminoles.
The Gators got a massive performance out of their bullpen and along the way superstar Jac Caglianone made history.
Florida Baseball: One Jac away
Last season, Wyatt Langford tied Matt LaPorta’s 2005 school record with the most home runs in a single season with 26. Langford tied the mark on what turned out to be his final at-bat of the season.
Caglianone joined this club last night with his 26th home run of the season, and there is still a month to go in the season.
The fifth-inning blast allowed Florida to retake the lead after both teams put up a big first inning. The Gators scored four runs in the top of the first, with Caglianone getting the party started with a two-run RBI, but FSU came right back with five runs in the bottom of the first.
Things settled down from there for the Gators, and after Nick Ficarrotta helped clean up the early damage, Blake Purnell entered the game in the fourth inning for Florida.
Purnell had not had a great season up until this game. He had given up a run in six of his previous eight relief appearances, giving up two or more runs in three of those appearances. Yet last night, from what the box score and Gator Twitter indicate (again, thanks ACC), Purnell had his best outing of the season. He went five innings, giving up no runs while striking out eight.
Purnell was fired out about the outing. We’re surprised he was ejected for being happy since apparently that’s the rule.
Beating FSU won’t do much to move the needle for Florida baseball rankings-wise. The Seminoles are terrible and the Gators have bigger fish to fry. And for as much emotion and passion these games bring, it’s hard even to call this a rivalry at this point.
Florida has now won 22 of the last 26 meetings between the two teams. In a sport like baseball where randomness is part of the game, this dominance is next level.
Perhaps there is a reason the ACC Network didn’t want us to watch it.