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Sophomore Danny Young picked up the win as the Gators knocked off No. 1 FSU for the second week in a row.

Tuesday March 25, 2014Florida Takes Down No. 1 Florida State, 4-1, To Clinch Season Series

Jacksonville, Fla.

Sophomore Danny Young picked up the win as the Gators knocked off No. 1 FSU for the second week in a row.

Florida (16-9) defeated No. 1 Florida State (19-5), 4-1, on Tuesday night in front of 10,125 fans at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville to secure the teams’ regular-season series. The Gators had upended the top-ranked Seminoles, 3-1, in Gainesville last Tuesday night and will visit Tallahassee on April 8.

 

In his first start of the season, junior right-hander Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) fired four shutout innings, giving up two hits, with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Sophomore southpaw Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) (3-0) threw 3.2 scoreless frames and totaled four strikeouts to collect the victory, while junior right-hander Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) recorded the final four outs to collect his team-leading fourth save. The Seminoles avoided their first shutout loss to the Gators since March 3, 1994, with a leadoff homer in the ninth by junior Jose Brizuela.

 

Junior Braden Mattson (San Antonio, Texas) (2-for-4) opened the scoring with a bases-loaded single in the first inning against senior Peter Miller (1-2). Junior Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and sophomore Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) drew consecutive walks and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. After junior Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) was walked intentionally with one down, Mattson sliced a base-hit into right field. Miller prevented further damage with back-to-back strikeouts.

 

The Gators added two more runs in the sixth to build a 3-0 advantage. Mattson legged out an infield hit, went to second on a wild pitch and scored when Shafer’s bunt was thrown away by Miller (5.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K). Junior Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) greeted senior Gage Smith was a sacrifice bunt that advanced Shafter to third and freshman John Sternagel (Rockledge, Fla.) (1-for-3, two RBI) delivered a fielder’s choice to drive in Shafer with the third run.

 

Sternagel provided UF with a 4-0 lead in the eighth by roping an RBI single up the middle off of sophomore Kenny Burkhead that plated Shafer. Shafer had led off with a single into right field and was sacrificed into scoring position on a bunt by freshman Ryan Larson (Orlando, Fla.).

 

Tuesday Notables

·         Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan earned his third victory over the nation’s top-ranked team.

·         Since 2008, 17 of the 24 games between the Gators and Seminoles have been decided by three runs or less.

·         Florida improved its mark to 3-2 against ranked teams in 2014.

·         The Gators played error-free baseball and are now 8-2 this year when committing zero errors.

·         UF boosted its season ledger to 11-1 when scoring first.

·         Freshman John Sternagel drove in the first two runs of his collegiate career.

·         Florida’s pitching staff has yielded a total of two runs to FSU in 18 innings this season, with 15 strikeouts and five walks.

·         Each team totaled six hits tonight.

 

Up Next

The Gators return to McKethan Stadium for the opener of a three-game series with No. 4 LSU (20-4-1/3-2-1 SEC) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The series can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell and the first meeting between the Gators and Tigers will be carried on CSS with Rusty Ensor and Bernie Guenther and be shown in Gainesville on Cox Communications Channel 259 and 1259 HD. Game one will be streamed on ESPN3.

 

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