Tigers sweep Florida in Baton Rouge

The Gators aren't used to getting swept in conference play. LSU did it in emphatic fashion on Saturday. Florida took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning before the Tigers produced 18 straight runs and cruised to an 18-6 victory over a depleted Florida pitching staff, dropping the Gators to 25-23 on the season and 12-12 in conference play.

"LSU played great today," Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said in his post game radio interview. "The only good thing out of this is that everything is in front of us still -- all of our goals that we set before the season as far as having an opportunity to play in the postseason.

"Today was disappointing though. We couldn't make pitches, they put good swings on the ball. It was just a terrible day on our part."

It was the first time the Gators have been swept since March 13-15, 2009 at Arkansas and only the second time it has ever happened since head coach Kevin O'Sullivan took over the program before the 2008 season.

Things looked good for Florida early. Taylor Gushue got the Gators on the board with an RBI triple in the first inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Shafer. When that threat ended, LSU right-hander Ryan Eades cruised through the next five innings, not allowing a run and giving up just one hit while striking out five.

Florida started freshman left-hander Danny Young, who allowed three runs in the second inning and was pulled. Eric Hanhold came in during the third inning and held the Tigers off the scoreboard for the first two innings. Then it all fell apart.

LSU scored 12 runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined.

"Danny did a nice job and Eric had some spots where he threw the ball good," O'Sullivan said. "In the fifth and sixth innings, things just got away from us."

The Gators showed some fight in the top of the ninth inning. The Gators batted around in the final frame with backups like Mike Fahrman, Christian Dicks, Cory Reid and Brady Roberson getting in on the action. O'Sullivan wanted to get some at-bats in an elite Southeastern Conference atmosphere in the final inning, and it ended up being the team's best offensive inning of the weekend.

"It was nice to see those guys come off the bench and have some nice at-bats," O'Sullivan said. "Obviously at that point, the game was out of hand. We had some young players go to the plate that haven't had a chance to play as much and they put good swings on the ball."

The Gators are now two games over .500 with eight regular season games left to play. They get back to action on Monday night with Florida A&M comes to Gainesville.

"The only thing important now is Monday night," O'Sullivan said. "We've got to get back in the win column and play better. Our whole focus has to be on Monday night. Everybody is disappointed, everybody is frustrated. Our players are frustrated about the outcome, but we'll dissect it on the way home, get together tomorrow and get ready for Monday night."

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