The Florida Gators baseball team beat Kentucky 12-8 on Sunday to take this series against Wildcats.
What went down
At first, Langworthy and Smith were the primary anchors of the Gator offense, as the pair were able to generate six runs. Langworthy having a 3-4 triple, and Smith making it 2-2 with a homer and two walks.
Florida (28-18 9-12 SEC) was able to pick up runs in the first place after Austin Langworthy singled with one out in the second inning which set up Nelson Maldonado. The senior caption would launch his eighth homer of the season into to the right field.
Kentucky would draw the game after scoring two runs on Dalton Reed’s two-run home run. After that, Florida would respond as Langworthy would hit an RBI triple to the right-center field which brought home Fabian and McConnell making it 4-2.
But the Wildcats hit with two of their own at the top of the third, bringing the deficit 6-4. Coltyn Kessler was able to sneak an infield ground ball along on the field’s right side to score the double.
Kentucky would not go away in the fifth, as the Wildcats were tied at 8-8 in the middle 5.
But most importantly, Florida was able to regain the lead following McConnell hit 35th RBI of the season to give the team a 9-8 advantage. Langworthy was able to score three RBI for the match by making a sacrifice strike to the right side, which Brough Fabian in and made the score 10-8.
Furthermore, Cory Acton then drove for the 21st RBI of the season , which permitted Smith to score, making it 11-8. After that, Young would belt a double to the right side to bring Dalton home and increase Dalton’s lead by 12-8.
Christian Scott Steps Up
The pitching position has always been a huge issue to Florida baseball this year, however, this was not the case Sunday afternoon with Christian Scott
It was a back-and forth battle between both teams until Scott took over the field in the fifth innings in favor of the Gators. In the second, he was able to get out in the fifth inning’s final out the fifth inning to stop the Wildcats off the scoreboard during the last four innings.
Scott pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in the bullpen. He is the top pitcher for his team, with the team’s highest 1.37 earned run rate in the bullpen.
Florida travels towards Athens, Ga., next week to play a crucial 3 game SEC Road series. The game starts on Friday with a 7 p.m. on the SEC Network+. It will air through the Gators Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell on call.
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