Florida State coach Mike Martin said prior to Wednesday night's showdown with Florida that he'd like for pitcher Bo O'Dell to provide at least four innings on the mound.
But O'Dell, making his second start of the season against UF, lasted just 2 2/3 innings giving up six hits and five runs and the Gators (21-19) escaped Tallahassee with a 5-4 victory over the top-ranked Seminoles.
The win snaps Florida's five-game losing skid and marks the end to FSU's unbeaten streak at home, which had spanned 30 games this season.
"All good things come to an end," Martin said. "We were beaten by a team that just got it done."
A host of relief pitchers for the Seminoles (35-5) helped keep the Gators off the scoreboard the rest of the game. But while the pitching staff effort did its job, the FSU offense couldn't provide enough on its end.
After cutting the Florida lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth thanks to some nifty base running by Tony Thomas, Jr., FSU couldn't get any closer. The typically potent Seminoles wouldn't score again despite 12 total hits in the game. They left 13 runners on base.
"We have to do a better job of scoring runs when it counts," Thomas, Jr. said. "We left too many runners on tonight against a good team. You can't win ballgames that way and we have to get better at hitting in the clutch if we want this season to continue to be successful."
Kris Gawriluk came on in place of starter Stephen Locke and picked up the win for the Gators and David Hurst earned the save. O'Dell was handed his first loss of the season. Brian Leclerc paced UF with a game-high three RBI.
The Gators roughed O'Dell up in the top of the third thus leading to his early exit.
Following an RBI double by Matt LaPorta, Brian Laclerc's single drove in another. A throwing error on FSU centerfielder Mark Gildea the play increased UF's advantage to 5-2. Gildea was responsible for a run in the second after hitting his first homerun of the year.
Florida registered the first runs of the game thanks to a long ball of their own. After O'Dell walked LaPorta, Laclerc brought him home with a two-run blast over the right field wall.
FSU answered in the bottom of the first when Thomas, Jr. scored from third on a wild pitch by Locke.
With the win, Florida takes the season series two games to one.
UF halts FSU's 30-game home win streak
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