Randall Makes Return in UGA Series Finale

For the first time in over a month, the song "Fireman" blared over the speakers at McKethan Stadium. Right-hander Hudson Randall made his return to the mound and his respective warm-up song after his last outing at Ole Miss on March 30th. It was his first home outing since facing Vanderbilt on March 16th after he was held out with a tired arm.

Hudson Randall pitched his way through three innings against Georgia in Florida's 6-3 win, registering a total of 45 pitches. He let up three hits, one run, one walk and fired one strikeout against the 13 Dawgs he faced.

Coach Kevin O'Sullivan penned his return as "great."

"The ball looked live coming out of his hand," O'Sullivan said. "I know he pitched behind more than he usually does, but that is expected. He hasn't seen live hitters in just under three weeks. He threw strikes and went out and competed. He was around the plate and his slider looked sharp."

Though the junior let up a leadoff single in the first inning between Daniel Pigott and Preston Tucker in the outfield off the bat of Georgia centerfielder Peter Verdin, Randall retired the following three batters with consecutive fly-outs.

Randall secured the leadoff out the next inning with second baseman Levi Hyam's groundout, but he walked No. 6 hole and right fielder Kevin Ruiz, registering Florida's first walk of the series.

"I'm sure he wishes he had some pitches back," catcher Mike Zunino said. "He has a little bit of fine-tuning to do with locating, but it's really good to have him back."

The Atlanta, Ga., native struggled against Verdin again in the third inning, pegging the centerfielder to put the tying run on first. Leftfielder Conor Welton singled off Randall through the left side to put runners on the corners. O'Sullivan came out to the mound and his words made an impact for the pitcher as Randall escaped the inning with help from his defense on a ground-out double play to third baseman Cody Dent.

O'Sullivan pulled Randall after he let up a leadoff double to designated hitter Brett DeLoach in the fourth inning.

The junior entered Sunday's contest with a 3.56 ERA and walked away from his comeback outing sporting a 3.52 ERA. Randall's velocity was hovering in the high 80s and low 90s.

"His arm feels good," O'Sullivan said of Randall. "If his arm feels good, I feel really good going into next weekend."

The Gators take on Arkansas next weekend at home.


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