Entering the series against fifth ranked Vanderbilt, Florida baseball was going to need its stars to show up to overcome to Commodores.
And as we referenced last week, the Florida Gators have the second-best 2023 MLB prospect in the nation and he reminded everyone last night why scouts are so high on him.
Florida Baseball: The Wyatt Family
Last night had all the makings for a nightmare scenario for the Gators. After winning 10-0 on Friday night, the Gators had Hurston Waldrep on the mound to try and win the series. Given Jac Caglianone, today’s starter, has struggled to go past four innings on the mound it was going to be critical Waldrep ate up innings to save the bullpen.
Except after throwing two strike outs in the top of the first the game was put into a rain delay and Waldrep’s day was done after just ten pitches.
Cade Kurland got Florida on the board in the third inning with a solo home run, but Vanderbilt answered in the fifth with one of their own.
But the rally didn’t stop for Vanderbilt and with two outs in the fifth inning the go-ahead run was 90 feet from home when Enrique Bradfield launched a laser shot into left field that was bound to score the run and give Vanderbilt another runner in scoring position.
Enter Langford to save the day.
The Gators were still going to need to overcome Vanderbilt’s potent pitching staff, and even though the Commodores also lost their starter due to the rain delay, on paper they had the deeper bullpen in this series.
After Luke Heyman singled, Deric Fabian reached on a bunt single, and Cade Kurland was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded with one out.
Once again, enter Wyatt Langford.
When the damage was done, Florida was up 6-1 and Florida was able to hold the fort as Ryan Slater, Philip Abner, and Brandon Neely combined for eight innings of work and only surrendered two runs.
With the series win clinched, Florida will go for the sweep today that would almost guarantee a top eight seed come the NCAA Tournament.