GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – With the shock and disappointment of Saturday’s meltdown loss behind, Florida Baseball tried to recover and close the opening series against Miami with a confident victory.
But that was not how this game played out.
Hunter Barco took the ground for No. 1 Gators (1-2), but quickly found himself in a whole he would not be able to climb out of.
Barco picked the leading shooter Jordan Lala at No. 21 Hurricanes (2-1) to put the main man on board, who eventually stole others. After recording one out, Miami recorded a single, a double and a field error by second baseman Corey Acton, who allowed 3 races to come over to give Canes an early 3-0 lead.
Barco would only last three and a third rounds. He gave up a single run in the second and third innings, and his last earned run came in a three-run fourth inning when Yohandy Morales earned a triple after spinning a Barco track down the right field line. In total, Barco was only charged for six earned races, but gave up a total of 8.
Although they were 8-0 after three and a half innings, the Gators did not quit.
Nathan Hickey pointed to the middle of his lead shot to start the bottom of the fourth, which was followed by a single by Kirby McMullen and Jordan Butler. Butler’s hit brought Hickey home to Florida’s first run of the game.
The Orange and Blues took another run in the fifth, then scored a couple of runs in the sixth and seventh, but their comeback effort fell flat when Sterlin Thompson hit a rocket line drive captured by Cane’s first baseman Alex Toral, who then tagged Josh Rivera before he could safely reach first base to complete twin kills, inning finishes, unassisted doubles.
Florida drops to 1-2 this season and must put this game behind them and focus on meeting North Florida on Tuesday.
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