Florida Baseball: Well, at least the Gators had a better Saturday than Drake

Florida lost 16-3 to Tennessee to drop another series
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After spitting the double header against Tennessee on Friday, Florida Baseball entered Saturday's series finale with their ace in the hole ready to go and bring home a series win against another top five opponent.

And heading into the sixth inning, the Gators were 12 outs away from euphoria and almost guaranteeing themselves an NCAA Tournament birth. 14 runs later, Tennessee looked at Florida and said "They not like us" en route to the Gators losing 16-3 in a seven inning run ruled game.

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About the only positive Florida can take away from Saturday is that they didn't have their entire existence exposed and questioned by Kendrick Lamar. In fact what happened on Saturday has been par for the course in 2024 and the outcome wasn't a shock to anyone who has watched Florida this season.

Heading into the sixth inning, Florida had a 3-2 lead thanks to Ty Evans two run home run in the first and a throwing error by the Vols in the third that allowed Evans to score.

Jac Caglianone held the fort on the mound for five innings with just two runs allowed before he ran into trouble in the sixth and gave way to Ryan Slater. Slater then gave way to Cade Fisher. By the time the inning was over, Florida's 3-2 lead turned into a 13-3 deficit.


The wild thing about Florida is that despite the fact they are now 24-23 and haven't won a series in a month, their RPI is 20th in the country.

But in 2024, it feels like every time they have a glimmer of hope, and we are praying, "Gators, don't kill my vibe," something like the meltdown in the sixth inning happens, Florida gets humbled, and we are reminded we should have just spent out Saturday in a swimming pool.