No. 25 Florida swept the season series over
in-state rival No. 1 Florida State for the second time in three years and
shutout the Seminoles for the first time since 1994, winning in Tallahassee on
Tuesday in front of a hostile capacity crowd by a score of 8-0. Five pitchers
combined for the shutout and allowed four hits, highlighted by starter Danny
Young’s (4-0) season-best matching five innings of work.
Second baseman Casey Turgeon broke
open a scoreless game in the fifth with a three-run shot to right field and the
Gators never looked back, adding a run in the sixth and three more in the
eighth. Florida’s (21-12) offense racked up 10 hits and will look to take its
momentum into a weekend series with No. 5 South Carolina in Columbia. UF and
South Carolina are tied atop the SEC East at 7-5.
(26-6) threatened in the first and third, getting a runner as far as the hot
corner in both innings. Young forced a ground out in the first and struck out
FSU’s John Nogowski in the third to end the threats. The Gators put a four-spot
on the board in the fifth. Turgeon hit a three-run deep fly to right for his
third home run of the season.
baseman Zack Powers led off the Florida fifth with a single and
designated hitter Peter Alonso walked, which caused the Seminoles to
replace starter Billy Strode (0-1) with Gage Smith. Powers was picked off at
second, but left fielder Ryan Larson knocked a single to right to put
runners at first and second. Third baseman John Sternagel continued his
hot hitting and drove home Alonso with a single to left, advancing Larson to
third and himself to second on the throw to the plate. Turgeon cleared the
bases with his third career three-run jack.
Gators tacked on another run in the sixth off of reliever Peter Miller. Braden
Mattson led off the inning with a single and came around to score on a wild
pitch. Justin Shafer relieved Young to start the sixth and ran into
trouble in the seventh when FSU put two men on with one out. Bobby Poyner got
the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice, but FSU loaded the bases
following a walk. Aaron Rhodes entered the pressure situation and forced
a ground out to the right side for the final out.
Orange and Blue added three insurance runs in the eighth. Catcher Taylor
Gushue led off with a double and Mattson walked. Buddy Reed laid
down a perfect bunt down the third baseline and the throw to first was off
target, scoring Gushue and moving both Mattson and Reed up two bases. Alonso
reached immediately after on an error by the shortstop, which loaded the bases.
Mattson came around to score on a wild pitch and Turgeon drove in Alonso when
he ducked under the tag going into first. Karsten Whitson forced a 5-4
double play in the ninth and struck out the final batter to cement the Gator
Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan
just proud of our team and the way we played tonight after having a tough
weekend in Kentucky. To give up 36 runs and 50 hits was tough. It was as tough
a weekend as we had, pitching wise, in a long, long time. To come out here and
shut out a Florida State team that is very good is a heck of an
biggest at bat other than Casey’s swing on the three-run homer was Ryan
Larson’s at bat. He extended the inning there. Once we got picked, I don’t know
if the momentum changed, but Ryan getting that hit to the right side was big
and Sternegal came up with a big hit to left center, which gave us a chance to
get Casey to the plate.”
Pitcher Danny Young
seems like every time I go out there my defense makes plays. I somehow make a
couple of pitches. Scoring first is always good. It’s always an advantage to
have a scoring cushion. I love playing in places like this. Everyone is into it
and it’s a fun atmosphere.”
Baseman Casey Turgeon
knew how big that wall is out there. I got under it pretty good. I didn’t know
if it was gone or not, but it ended up being to deep to get out. I was happy it
his career best with five strikeouts and tied his season best with five innings
has not allowed a run in 10 straight appearances, a streak that includes 15
innings. In 11.2 innings pitched against Florida State this year, Young has not
permitted a run.
fifth inning home run was his third of the season and third career three-run
home run. The second baseman has 12 career home runs.
matched his career best with four RBI and has recorded four multiple-RBI games
his eighth base of the season when he took second in the fourth.
off the eighth with his team-leading 11th double of the year. Gushue
extended his hit streak with seven games with the base knock.
The Gators have claimed the last four meetings and seven of
the last nine between the Sunshine State rivals.
The Gators shutout of FSU was the program’s first since March
3, 1994 in Gainesville. Florida last shut out FSU in Tallahassee on April 11,
The eight-run victory was Florida’s largest over the
Seminoles since the Orange and Blue left Tallahassee with a 10-2 win on April
Florida State holds a 125-104-1 advantage in the all-time
series, while the Seminoles enjoy a 68-41-1 edge in Tallahassee.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 12-13 against Florida
State, 6-1 in Gainesville, 4-4 in Tallahassee and 2-8 at neutral sites.
Gators by the Numbers:
The Orange and Blue is 8-4 against top-25 opponents,
including a perfect 6-0 against top-5 competition this spring.
Florida has attributed for half of Florida State’s losses
UF has claimed 15 of its last 21 contests and boasts a 6-6
record away from Gainesville (4-6 in true road games, 2-0 at neutral sites).
duo of Richie Martin (SS) and Casey Turgeon (2B) has started all
33 games at their respective positions. Taylor Gushue has started all 33
games this year with 26 coming at catcher and seven at designated hitter.
has hit three-run home runs in consecutive games. Alonso went deep in the
eighth inning on April 6, at Kentucky.
contest was the fourth of an eight-game road trip for the Gators. Florida is
2-2 after the first four games. The Gators will start
a three-game series against South Carolina on Friday before a midweek contest
at Florida Gulf Coast.