Historic night for Schwarz

After going 1-14 in games against Florida State and Missouri last week, Florida catcher JJ Schwarz broke out in a big way on Tuesday.

The freshman went 5-6 with four home runs and a double, recording 10 RBI and scoring five runs in Florida’s 22-2 win over Stetson. Schwarz is the only player in 101 years of Florida baseball to hit four home runs in one game. His 10 RBI were one shy of Preston Tucker’s school record for one game.

Schwarz tied Billy Sandry (Kentucky, 1982) as the only players in Southeastern Conference history to hit four home runs in one game.

“I’ve never hit two [home runs in a game] before,” J.J. Schwarz said. “After my second one, I was really excited, and then after the third I was like, ‘Holy crap, what is going on?’”

The Gators hit seven home runs in the game, the fourth time in school history that has happened. It was the first time Florida has hit four home runs in a game since a win over Miami in 1998. Dalton Guthrie hit the first two home runs of his career and Harrison Bader added a home run.

After scoring four runs in the final two games in a series loss at Missouri, Tuesday was a breakout game for an offense that desperately needed it. Schwarz led the way with his historic night.

“This was a special night for JJ,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “I don’t know if I have ever seen a guy hit four homers in one game. The most impressive thing is that he drove a ball to right center (for a double) on his last at-bat. Sometimes home runs can be the best thing that happens to a hitter to get them going, but sometimes it can be the worst thing because they start pulling off the ball. For him to finish the night the way he did, and for him to hit the ball on the nose the other way, then that tells me tonight was a really special night for him because he was locked in.”

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