Liam Peterson shines in debut for Florida Baseball

The freshmen struck out seven batters in three innings of work

Florida pitcher Liam Peterson (12) pitches during the second inning of an NCAA baseball matchup
Florida pitcher Liam Peterson (12) pitches during the second inning of an NCAA baseball matchup / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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Following an opening night loss to St. John's the pressure was going to be on for Florida Baseball to avoid a series loss to open the season. It was supposed to be freshmen Liam Peterson to help dig the Gators out of the hole, but Mother Nature had other ideas and the rest of the weekend was rained out.

Taking advantage of what would have been a bullpen day anyway, Peterson took to the mound for his collegiate debut against UNF and while he only pitched three innings, he showcased why the Gator coaching staff is excited for his future.

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Peterson's final line was three innings with seven strikeouts against just one hit and one walk. Even with seven strikeouts, perhaps more impressive was that Peterson navigated three innings in just 37 pitches.

Out of Palm Harbor and listed at 6'5", Peterson was considered the 8th best right handed pitching prospect in the country in the class of 2023 by Perfect Game.

Florida's bats also looked like the Gator bats we are used to. Jac Caglianone hit his first home run of the season en route to two hits and two walks, Cade Kurland had four hits and wound up scoring four runs, and Luke Heyman also had two hits and two walks.

The game was never in doubt and the Gators run ruled UNF 10-0 in seven innings.

Florida will play UNF again tonight and then prepare to take on Columbia for a three game set over the weekend.