Florida Baseball: At least Jac Caglianone set a record as Gators lose

Jac Caglianone hit his 30th home run of the season, becoming the first player in SEC history to accomplish the feat in back-to-back seasons
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It was a night to forget for Florida Baseball. O'Brate Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma lived up to its billing as a launch pad, but the problem is the launch pad only worked for one team.

Thus the Gators fell to Oklahoma State 7-1 and will have to win three games in a row if it wants to keep its season alive.

Florida Baseball: That Wasn't The Plan

Coming into the Stillwater Regional, the pathway for the Gators to advance to Super Regionals was to get past Nebraska in the opening game, have Jac Caglianone pitch a gem in the 1-0 game against Oklahoma State, and take their chances to win a second game against the Cowboys.

Part one went according to plan and Kevin O'Sullivan did put Caglianone on the mound for the 1-0 game on Saturday. Unfortunately, any mistake Caglianone made was launched into the outfield seats of O'Brate Stadium. Caglianone gave up four solo home runs, and his day was done after five innings with four earned runs.

The even bigger problem for the Gators was their inability to solve Tampa native Brian Holiday. Outside of a Tyler Shelnut double in the second inning, Florida had no other hits heading into the ninth inning. The Gators struck out 10 times to Holiday, and couldn't get enough carry on their 12 fly outs.

The only thing that went right for the Gators was Caglianone hitting a home run in the ninth inning, with Florida down 7-0. The home run was his 30th of the season and made him the first player in SEC history to have back-to-back seasons with at least 30 home runs.

The Gators will now have a rematch against Nebraska at 2 PM. The loser will have their season end, while the winner will turn around and play Oklahoma State at 7 PM, needing to beat the Cowboys twice between today and tomorrow to advance.