Gators set new school record with win

Thursday's script isn't new to the Gators. It's the same one they've used most of the times Logan Shore steps on the mound. He cruised through the game while the offense scratched across enough runs, in this case one. Florida's 1-0 win over Vanderbilt broke the school record, previously set in 1968, by extending its winning streak to 12 straight SEC games.

After the game, Florida players and Kevin O'Sullivan downplayed the accomplishment since there are still two games left against Vanderbilt this weekend and five conference games remaining this year.

"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."

The Florida lead in the conference jumped to 3.5 games over Ole Miss, who hosts Georgia this weekend.

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."

The Gators will go for the series win and their 13th straight SEC win on Friday at 7 p.m. Florida will start either A.J. Puk or Danny Young.

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