Gators win to take series from Miami

Base runners weren't the issue for Florida during its six-game losing streak. The Gators could get men on base, but once that happened, the offense started to slow. It was a major talking point for Kevin O'Sullivan after Florida lost the opener to Miami on Friday. The Gators put together a big inning for the second day in a row Sunday, using it to win 6-3 over the Hurricanes to take the series.

It was the third inning that blew the game open for Florida. The Gators met as a team in the dugout before coming to the plate in the bottom of the third and talked about attacking at the plate. Miami starting pitcher Andrew Suarez was pounding the strike zone, so the Gators decided to be more aggressive the second time through the order.

With the score tied at one, Richie Martin led off with a double and Casey Turgeon followed with a walk. After Justin Shafer popped out, the Hurricanes hurt themselves. Suarez tried to pick Turgeon off first base, but the throw was wild and allowed Martin to score from third. After Zack Powers walked, Taylor Gushue scored Turgeon from third with a sacrifice fly.

Vickash Ramjit, a former Miami player, followed with an RBI single, and Harrison Bader scored him on his first career triple to follow.

The Gators had a 5-1 lead after three innings.

"Coaches always talk about giving our pitchers some breathing room and some confidence," Bader said. "We did a really good job of that. We stayed on the ball and did a really good job."

With the big lead, the Florida pitching staff was able to throw with some breathing room. The unit hasn't been given that luxury very much this season. Freshman Eric Hanhold started the game and went 4.1 innings, giving up two hits and two runs while striking out one.

Freshman Jason Carmichael, who picked up his first career win on Sunday, threw two scoreless innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out one batter.

Ryan Harris had another strong outing in middle relief with 1.2 scoreless innings. Johnny Magliozzi threw the ninth inning, allowing a two-out solo home run, but closing the game.

"We got a solid start from Hanhold," Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "The bullpen once again was pretty good with Jay, Harris and Mags, but we're not a finished product by no means."

The Gators were able to tack on in the fourth inning after Cory Reid started the inning with his first career double. After Cody Dent bunted him to third, Shafer doubled to center field to push the lead to 6-1.

Shafer ended the game 3-4 and is now hitting .413 (19-46) on the season.

"I'm just trying to put a good swing on the ball," Shafer said. "You can't try to do too much. Just make good contact."

Florida shortstop Richie Martin came out of the game in the fourth inning while trying to bunt. The pointer and middle fingers on his right hand were pinched between the barrel and the ball, and Martin was forced to come out of the game. He will get an X-ray on Monday morning to determine the severity.

The Gators have five games coming up this week, starting with at Jacksonville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. O'Sullivan wasn't sure who would get the start.

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