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Freshman Buddy Reed had an RBI double for the Gators at Kentucky.

Friday April 4, 2014Florida Moving Past Game One of Series in Kentucky; Game 2 Set For TV

Gainesville, Fla.

Freshman Buddy Reed had an RBI double for the Gators at Kentucky.

No. 19 Kentucky (21-9, 5-5 SEC) took the series opener by a score of 17-1 over No. 20 Florida (19-11, 6-4 SEC) behind four consecutive big innings. Game two is slated for 1 p.m. tomorrow and will be televised on FSN (Sun Sports in Florida) with Larry Conley and Tom Werme calling the game.

 

Freshman right-hander Logan Shore (2-1, 1.35) will look to put the Orange and Blue back in the win column as he takes the mound against UK’s Chandler Shepherd (5-1, 3.26).

 

Florida starter Eric Hanhold (3-3) never was able to find a groove and allowed 10 runs (nine earned) in three innings of work. The Gators used freshmen right-handers Dane Dunning and Frank Rubio the rest of the way. Rubio entered the game in the fifth and saved the bullpen for the rest of the weekend with four solid innings of work. The freshman from Miami Shores allowed two runs and struck out a career high three batters.

 

UK received a big night from starter and number three-hitter A.J. Reed (6-1). The southpaw delivered seven innings of shutout baseball and added a three-run homer and a pair of doubles.

 

Kentucky opened up the scoring in the second .With two runners on, Max Kuhn sent a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center to give the Wildcats the early 4-0 lead. UK loaded the bases in the third, and made the Gators pay when Austin Cousino hit a grand slam to right to push the lead to 8-0.  The Wildcats tacked on four more in the fourth. Reed led off the frame with a solo shot to center. Kentucky added five more in the fifth, beginning with Micheal Thomas’s three-run homer to left.

 

Florida’s Buddy Reed knocked an RBI double in the ninth to put the Gators on the score sheet. Designated hitter Peter Alonso led the Gators with three hits in four at bats.

 

Postgame Quotes:

Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan

“We got off to a tough start and they put a bunch of crooked numbers on us, for four innings in a row. It was just uncharacteristic of us. We’ve been pitching really well this year and it was just unfortunate. The good thing is that it is one loss. The most important thing is that we can’t have this affect us tomorrow. They’ve got to flush this one tonight. Obviously, everyone is disappointed. It is a tough loss, but it is what it is. We’ve got to regroup and be ready to come out and play tomorrow.”

 

Gators by the Numbers:

·         UF has claimed 13 of its last 18 contests and boasts a 4-5 record away from Gainesville (2-5 in true road games, 2-0 at neutral sites).

·         The Orange and Blue is 6-3 (.667) against top-25 opponents, including a perfect 4-0 against top-5 competition this spring.

·         The duo of Richie Martin (SS) and Casey Turgeon (2B) has started all 30 games at their respective positions.

 

Series Nuggets:

·         Florida holds a 132-60-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 56-33-1 edge in Lexington.

·         Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 10-9 against Kentucky, 5-4 in Gainesville and 5-5 in Lexington.

·         The Gators have captured 10 of their last 13 series against the Wildcats.

·         Florida has notched 2-1 series triumphs in four of the last five seasons (W, L, W in 2009; W, W, L in 2010; W, L, W in 2011; W, W, L in 2012), with Kentucky emerging victorious last March in Gainesville (UF 4-1, UK 11-5, UK 6-2).

 

Pitching Probables:

                                No. 20 Florida (19-10/6-3 SEC)                       No. 19 Kentucky (20-9/4-5 SEC)

Saturday:               Logan Shore, Fr., RHP (2-1, 1.35)                    Chandler Shepherd, Jr., RHP (5-1, 3.26)

Sunday:                                 TBA                                                                        Andrew Nelson, Jr., RHP (1-2, 3.21)

 

Road Tripping: Tonight’s contest was the first of an eight-game road trip for the Gators. After this weekend’s three-game set, the Gators will face Florida State on Tuesday before a three-game series against South Carolina and a midweek contest at Florida Gulf Coast.

                                                                                                           

 

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