Florida State defeats Florida 3-0, and takes a 1-0 lead in the Gainesville Super Regional. Starter Drew Carlton improves to 8-3 on the season.
The game started out with a pitching duel, but the Seminoles eventually got the better end of the deal. Florida starter Alex Faedo struck out five of the first six batters he faced, but then lost control. He gave up one run in the fourth inning after walking Tyler Holton with the bases loaded, and was pulled after an inning opening single in the fifth.
The Gators brought in Dane Dunning, who was taken with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft on Thursday, but Taylor Walls wasn't impressed. He took the first pitch he saw from Dunning and put it off the left field wall for an RBI double. John Sansone dropped down a bunt on the next at bat, and a fielding error at first allowed Walls to score.
Florida State's Drew Carlton was dealing all night long. He kept the Gator hitters off balance, and only allowed a few hard hit balls. He allowed just 2 hits in 9 innings of work and no runs. He gave up no walks and struck out 5 batters. It was only the second time the Gators have been shut out this season. It was Carlton's first compete game of the season.
This was the first Florida State win against the Gators this season, and the first in Gainesville in their last six games. The Seminoles now sit one game away from the College World Series with the win. They will go for the series win on Sunday at 6 PM.