Auburn wins series over Florida

Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan was hoping the momentum of Saturday's walk-off win would propel the Gators into clinching the series on Sunday. It didn't happen, especially at the plate. Auburn right-hander Justin Camp got his first career start and threw 4.1 scoreless innings to slow the Gators while the Tigers used a three-run sixth inning to clinch the series win.

"We just didn't get the bats going today for whatever reason," Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "The (Auburn pitcher) had his first career start and mixed his pitches, throwing his breaking ball early in the count for strikes. We weren't able to put good swings on it."

The lack of offense wasn't because of minimal opportunities. Florida had back-to-back singles with two outs in the first inning by Taylor Gushue and Justin Shafer, but that rally was erased when Zack Powers grounded out to end the inning.

Two innings later, Cody Dent walked and Richie Martin singled to start the third inning. After a Casey Turgeon sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position, Gushue fouled out and Shafer flew out.

With two runners on and one out in the fifth inning, Auburn lifted starter Justin Camp from the game and brought Chase Williamson into the game. Turgeon bounced into a double play that ended that threat.

"We just didn't hit well at all this weekend," Martin said. "Pitchers did well, but we just couldn't get the bats going. We just didn't hit as a team. If you don't hit, you don't win."

The Gators got their run in the eighth inning on an RBI double by Turgeon and loaded the bases in the eighth inning with one out. Senior Vickash Ramjit struck out on three pitches, and Saturday's hero Josh Tobias grounded out to end another rally.

Florida left nine hitters on base Sunday.

The only bright spot was right-hander Eric Hanhold. The freshman had the best start of his career, giving up one run in five innings while allowing four hits and one walk. He was in the starting rotation during the early portion of the season but struggled to get outs.

That changed on Sunday.

"He's throwing the ball downhill," O'Sullivan said. "He's got three pitches for strikes and a really good arm. It's his first time being extended, and with one run over five innings, he did his job."

Hanhold credited his turn around to getting more comfortable on the mound. He went through the normal freshman adjustments, and even though his innings dwindled in the middle of the season, he's starting to get comfortable and improve.

"I felt pretty good," Hanhold said. "I was trying to have a good start for us so we could have some momentum. (The difference) is my mindset. I know what I have to do and accomplish out there. I throw strikes and let my defense do their thing. They've got my back."

The Gators have a week off to practice before heading to Georgia for the final SEC series of the season. Action starts on Thursday night.


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