Within the first sport of the doubleheader, Aubrun extinct a two-home flee inning to derive a lead they’d no longer quit. Within the 2d leg, and the rubber match of the sequence, No. 15 Florida adopted the identical script.
Nathan Hickey lifted the first pitch of the fourth inning over the wall in apt self-discipline to tie the game at one. Three pitches later Kirby McMullen had singled and Jud Fabian launched a two-flee home flee to offer Florida a 3-1.
Hunter Barco took the mound having a investigate cross-take a look at to back Florida stable its first boulevard SEC sequence of the season however struggled early.
Ryan Bliss — who terrorized the Gators’ pitching group this weekend — started the bottom of the first with a single and Barco walked Tyler MIller on five pitches to practice up. A lineout, budge, and groundout would give Auburn a 1-0 advantage.
Auburn starter Peyton Glavine — the son of MLB Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, who became as soon as in attendance — mowed the Gators down thru the first three innings. Glavine retired eight of the first 10 batters he faced prior to Florida at remaining got to him within the fourth inning.
To his credit, Barco settled down after the first inning. He worked around a budge within the 2d and retired the side in elaborate within the third however gave up two runs, and the lead within the fourth inning.
Steven Williams, Brody Moore, and Bryson Ware singled in succession to launch the fourth, which allowed two runs to get on routine groundouts to knot the game at three.
“I opinion Hunter (Barco) saved us within the ballgame. A couple issues, pitching-wise. I know I sound like a broken file, however we prefer to determine a technique to no longer quit runs after we get,” Kevin O’Sullivan said after the game. “Going reduction to the first sport, we walked a 9-hole hitter, and we’ve carried out that a vogue of cases this yr, after which we didn’t build and nil-2 pitch with runners in scoring self-discipline. These forms of issues, we’ve got to exquisite up. I know we raise speaking about it, however the rebound runs after we get, it’s truly tough to raise momentum in our dugout, and we’re spending way too mighty time on the bottom half of of the frilly.”
The Gators retook the lead within the sixth inning on a bizarre play. Kirby McMullen and Jud Fabian singled with one out to bring up Sterlin Thompson. The freshman grounded to the pitcher however the throw went wayward permitting McMullen to get, making it 4-3 Florida. Fabin, within the meantime, tried to head to home on the throw however became as soon as caught and tagged out at third for the 2d out.
Florida added two more runs within the seventh inning, which proved precious. Trey Van Der Weide performed the game, and sequence, off within the seventh, giving Florida am 11-7 file within the SEC with SEC East main Vanderbilt coming to town this weekend.