The #1 Florida Gators come off their first loss of the season with a win on the road. The defending champs defeated the North Florida Ospreys 4-0. The Gators were led by great pitching from their freshman left-handed pitcher and got some help out of the bullpen. The Gators also had a few players contribute at the plate with some changes in the lineup. It was a solid game for Florida that didn’t look too promising early on with some offensive woes but the Gators were to bounce back and produce some runs late in the game.
The North Florida Ospreys had a rough night as they drop their first game of the series against Florida. The Ospreys pitched very well but their offense had no answer for the Florida pitching staff. UNF started their junior RHP Frank German as he had an impressive performance. German threw five innings allowing two hits, one run, no walks and six strikeouts against the defending champs. However, the Ospreys did have some issues out of the bullpen as the Gators lit up Eddie Miller. The redshirt-sophomore pitched 1.2 innings allowing five hits, two runs, no walks and two K’s. At the plate, there wasn’t much production from the Ospreys. UNF managed to get four hits against one of the top pitching staffs in the country. Second baseman Mac Wilson had a good night as he went 2-3. UNF also had three errors in the ballgame.
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The #1 Florida Gators got out North Florida with a pretty decent road win. The Gators were led by freshman pitcher Jordan Butler. The left-hander had a great outing as he pitched six innings allowing one hit, no runs, no walks and six strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Jack Leftwich came in relief as he threw two innings allowing two hits, no runs, no walks and two K’s. While the pitching was very dominate, the Gators offense didn’t have its best night. The Gators did have eight hits in the ballgame. JUCO transfer Wil Dalton went 3-4 with his first game as Florida’s leadoff hitter. JJ Schwarz stays hot as he went 2-4 with two doubles and a RBI. Keenan Bell went 1-4 with a double. Austin Langworthy and Brady Smith both went 1-4 on the night with base knocks.
The Gators will have to be ready to play tomorrow as they will take on the UNF Ospreys once again. This time, the Gators will host the UNF Ospreys at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium. You can watch the Florida-UNF game at 6 pm EST on the SEC Network+ on WatchESPN.com.