Win No. 300 for Kevin O’Sullivan came the same way a lot of them have -- pitching and defense.
Sophomore ace Logan Shore, who threw just nine pitches last week before coming out with a hip injury, allowed one hit over a scoreless 6.1 innings, and left-hander Bobby Poyner allowed two hits over a scoreless 2.2 innings. The Gators (8-1) played errorless defense and allowed just three hits on the night, silencing the Stony Brook bats for a 1-0 win on the historic night.
“I thought (Shore) threw the ball well, and Poyner was really good,” O’Sullivan said on the postgame radio show. “It’s going to take (Shore) another start or two to get into midseason form, but I thought he battled really well tonight.”
O’Sullivan is the fastest coach to reach 300 wins in Florida baseball history. In his eighth season, he has the third most wins of any Florida baseball coach behind Dave Fuller (557) and Joe Arnold (434). O’Sullivan has also helped the Gators reach the NCAA Tournament for a school-record seven seasons.
After the game, O’Sullivan praised those around him for helping the accomplishment happen.
“(Assistant coaches) Brad (Weitzel) and Craig (Bell) have been with us and they’ve been so good. They do such a good job of helping me and developing our players. It’s something everybody involved deserves to be mentioned, but obviously, our main focus is getting a ‘W’ tomorrow.”
The middle of the Florida order provided the damage on Friday. Harrison Bader, J.J. Schwarz and A.J. Puk went 5-11 from the 4-6 spots in the batting order. After Bader singled to start the sixth inning, Schwarz doubled down the left field to drive him in for the only run of the game. Florida totaled six hits, walked three times and was hit by two pitches but only mustered one run.
“It was just enough, but it was not one of our better games offensively,” O’Sullivan said. “We’ve got a lot to improve on. We got into offensive counts and didn’t do anything with them.
The series continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. Florida will send sophomore left-hander A.J. Puk to the mound.