Gators up to No. 3 in polls

Florida completed a 3-1 week and moved up in the polls.

The Gators are ranked No. 3 by Perfect Game and D1baseball.

The Gators started the week with 9-6 win at Stetson. Florida jumped out to a 5-1 lead but fell behind after the Hatters put together a five-run sixth inning. The Gators responded to score the final four runs of the game, tying it with a Harrison Bader RBI single and taking the lead on a two-run homer by Josh Tobias.

Florida hosted Alabama over the weekend and weather forced the teams to play a doubleheader on Friday. The bullpen struggled during the first game, giving up 11 earned runs over the final seven innings of the game, including a seven-run seventh inning for Alabama. The Gators scored five runs to send the game to extra inning, but the Crimson Tide scored three runs off Florida closer Taylor Lewis in the 10th inning to win the first game.

Florida rebounded behind the first career complete game from sophomore ace Logan Shore, who was coming off two bad starts against Tennessee and Ole Miss. He pitched better as the game went on and gave a worn out Florida bullpen a rest, as the offense did most of the damage while carrying the Gators to an 8-1 win.

Saturday’s rubber match looked like a pitcher’s duel early, and Florida center fielder Buddy Reed broke an eighth inning tie with a two-run single. Catcher Mike Rivera added an RBI single, his eighth straight game with an RBI, and the Gators won 7-4 while only using Dane Dunning and A.J. Puk on the mound.

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