"Well you're going to face Carson Fulmer so you don't get to really (celebrate)," O'Sullivan said with a laugh about Vanderbilt's Friday starter. "But it's a great accomplishment."
For all the strong outings Shore has had this season, Thursday night was his best yet. He said it, catcher Taylor Gushue said it and O'Sullivan joined in agreement. Shore hasn't always had all three of his pitches working on the same night, but on Thursday, he did. He tossed 7.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out eight hitters.
"I think this was my best one yet," Logan Shore said. "(The changeups) felt really good coming out of my hand. Throwing that in 2-1 or 2-0 counts is really key, getting them off my fastball. It worked out pretty good."
His command was better on Friday because of a small mechanical change. O'Sullivan was hesitant to even bring it up during his work on the mound this week because of how well Shore had been throwing, but his arm swing was getting to be too long from the time the ball came out of his glove until it got over his head.
The two shortened it up, helping the ball stay lower in the strike zone and looking less hittable.
"It's pretty much the same thing every start, but I think tonight was a little bit sharper," O'Sullivan said. "He was really on point. Fastball both sides, changeup and really good breaking balls. The ball was coming out of his hand really good. That's the best fastball he's had in a while. It was really encouraging to see."
Bobby Poyner threw the final 1.2 perfect innings while recording three strikeouts to earn his fourth save of the year.
The Florida offense did its damage in the first inning. Taylor Gushue's two-out RBI single to center scored Richie Martin, who walked and moved to second on a ground out, for the only run of the game.
It's all Shore needed, but the Gators had plenty of other chances. They stranded 12 runners on base with eight of them in scoring position. Vanderbilt starter Tyler Beede, a first-round pick in next month's MLB Draft, had a large part to do with that. He struck out six through six innings but also walked six Florida hitters. The Gators swung at too many pitches out of the strike zone to take advantage.
"We chased out of the zone," O'Sullivan said. "We got into hitter's counts but chased and expanded the zone. We haven't done that, we didn't do that at Alabama. I think a lot of that had to do with Beede's arm. We just weren't disciplined in the strike zone."