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Freshman Logan Shore tossed six scoreless frames as the Gators claimed game one at Alabama.

Saturday May 3, 2014No. 12 Florida Baseball Takes Series Opener At No. 20 Alabama, 7-3

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Freshman Logan Shore tossed six scoreless frames as the Gators claimed game one at Alabama.

Freshman right-hander Logan Shore threw six shutout innings to lead No. 12 Florida to a 7-3 victory over No. 20 Alabama on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Sophomore Harrison Bader and junior Taylor Gushue drove in two runs apiece as the league-leading Gators (31-15/16-6 SEC) claimed their ninth-straight conference game by downing the Crimson Tide (30-16/13-9 SEC).

 

Shore (6-2) gave up five hits and registered three strikeouts and sophomore Eric Hanhold (2.0 IP, 3 K) collected his third save as Florida maintained its two-game advantage in the SEC race over No. 16 Ole Miss. The Gators have a four-game edge in the Eastern Division over No. 7 South Carolina and No. 9 Vanderbilt.

 

Scoreless into the fifth, the Gators broke through for a pair of runs. Freshmen Buddy Reed (1-for-4, two runs) and John Sternagel (two runs) drew consecutive walks from junior Spencer Turnbull (5-4) to start the frame and Reed came home on a fielding error on junior Casey Turgeon’s bunt that was not handled at first base. Bader (2-for-4) plated Sternagel with an RBI single up the middle.

 

Alabama had runners on the corners with one down in the sixth but Shore pitched out of the jam. Sophomore Georgie Salem (2-for-4, two RBI) stroked a one-out single, moved into scoring position on a failed pickoff attempt and took third when junior Ben Moore (2-for-4) reached on an error. However, Shore picked off Moore and then caught redshirt junior Wade Wass looking on strikes to end the frame.

 

Florida tacked on another run in the seventh on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Gushue. Freshman Nick Eicholtz replaced Turnbull (6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and issued a one-out walk to Turgeon (3-for-4), a single into right field by sophomore Richie Martin and a free pass to Bader before Gushue’s sac fly.

 

UF added three more runs in the eighth for a 6-0 cushion. Martin drew a bases-loaded walk from senior Tucker Hawley to score sophomore pinch runner Jason Lombardozzi, Bader roped an RBI single off of sophomore Mitch Greer and Gushue connected on his second sac fly of the night.

 

Salem greeted junior reliever Bobby Poyner with a two-run double to left field in the eighth to put the Tide on the board. A sacrifice fly by sophomore Kyle Overstreet narrowed the gap to 6-3 before sophomore Eric Hanhold ended the inning by striking out senior Austen Smith.

 

Turgeon completed the scoring with a two-out RBI single up the middle in the ninth that brought home Lombardozzi.

 

Postgame Quotes

Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan

On Logan Shore’s outing tonight:

“It’s pretty incredible what Logan (Shore) has been able to do on Friday nights in the league. He goes out and competes as a freshman against some of the best hitters in the country and continues to get outs. It’s special to watch.”

 

On the Gators taking the series opener:

“I was proud of the way our guys competed tonight. We didn’t play our best game but we were patient at the plate and drew some walks that led to some runs. I thought Casey (Turgeon) had a really good night at the plate and set the tone for us and both (Harrison) Bader and (Taylor) Gushue did their thing by driving in a couple of runs each.”

 

Game Notes

·         The nine-game SEC winning streak for Florida matches the third-longest in school history in league play, last done from March 23-April 13, 2001.

·         The Gators improved to 11-5 against ranked teams this season.

·         UF drew nine walks from the Crimson Tide and the four Gator pitchers combined to yield zero walks.

·         Kevin O’Sullivan is 11-4 against Alabama, 4-3 in Tuscaloosa.

·         Tonight was the first meeting on the diamond between Florida and Alabama since May 26, 2011 (6-0 Gators).

·         Logan Shore captured his third-consecutive start (Georgia, Missouri, Alabama) and has worked at least five innings in all 11 of his starts.

·         Casey Turgeon opened the game with his ninth double of the season and was 3-for-4.

·         The Gators executed a double steal in the seventh inning, with Richie Martin taking third and Harrison Bader swiping second base.

·         Taylor Gushue’s total of 10 sacrifice flies is one shy of UF’s single-season record held by Mike Zunino (2012).

·         After Shore, Justin Shafer (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R), Bobby Poyner (2 H, 1 R) and Eric Hanhold (2.0 IP, 2 K) closed the game for Florida.

 

Up Next

The Gators and Crimson Tide meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell and will be carried on the CBS Sports Network with Paul Byrd and Brad Johansen.

 

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Live stats for each game are available on GatorZone.com and fans can also receive updates of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball team.

 

 

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