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Gators' bats come alive as Shore dominates again

Logan Shore continues to dominate the opposition as he threw a 7-inning, one hit, 8 strikeout masterpiece and the Gators went on to roll 7-0 over Dartmouth on Friday in the first of a three game home series with the Big Green.

Shore (3-0) coming off a complete game win over Miami a week earlier was limited by Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan to 80 pitches.  Shore threw 76 pitches, 53 of them for strikes through the seventh inning before O’Sullivan pulled him.

Shore also got the backing of an offense that came alive in the game. Florida finished with 12 hits and a run in the first inning, the third, and three in the fourth. The run in the first was the 15th of the season in the 11 games, the most of any inning.

"All in all, it was a good game,” O’Sullivan said following the game. “We made the one error at third, but other than that, it was very clean. Our pitching was efficient. We were able to get Logan (Shore) out of there with 76 pitches. The goal was to keep him at 80 (pitches) or less because last week he threw a complete game down at Miami. It was a great Friday night victory for us against a really quality pitcher."

With Shore out of the game, junior right hander frank Rubio and freshman right handed pitcher Eddy Demurias each came in and threw scoreless innings to finish the game. It was Shore’s 8th win in a row dating back to last season, hasn’t allowed a run in the last 17.1 innings, and has an ERA of 0.43.

The Gators bats were big in the contest and got started in the first when cleanup hitter Peter Alonso singled in Buddy Reed after Reed singled and stole second base.  Alonso was 2-for-4 on the night with three RBI.

"It was a good offensive count,” Alonso said of the first inning hit “I got a pitch to hit and wanted to capitalize and set the tone for the game and kind of get us going a little bit in the right direction on a Friday night and take the momentum into tomorrow." 

Sophomore Dalton Guthrie led off the 3rd inning with a single, sophomore J.J. Schwarz followed with a single up the middle. Sophomore Jeremy Vasquez would drive home Guthrie for a 2-0 lead at that point. Guthrie ended up 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice. Schwarz went 2-for-3 on the evening.

In the fourth, the Gators added three runs when freshman Deacon Liput (2-for-4) tripled (his team leading third of the season) to start the inning. Freshman Jonathan India would reach on a fielder’s choice when Dartmouth would try and keep Liput from scoring but didn’t manage to get him out. One batter later Guthrie hit the ball into center field scoring both Liput and India. Guthrie reached second on the play at home and then Schwarz singled him home for the last runs of the inning.

Alonso would strike again in the sixth. After India reached on a leadoff single and stole second with one out, Reed walked and then Alonso hit his fifth double of the season scoring both India and the hard charging Reed.

Shore faced one batter over the minimum through seven dominant innings and was followed to the mound by Rubio (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Demurias (1.0 IP, 1 K), who made his collegiate debut with a perfect ninth.

"He was really good,” O’Sullivan said of Shore. “He and I had a really good rhythm. He changed speeds early in the count and did a really nice job of getting leadoff hitters out and staying ahead of them. That was the challenge for him tonight. It's easy when you have such a great start the week before to not be as ready to pitch, and he was outstanding. That's what Friday night guys do."

"They did a great job keeping us off balance early,” Shore said. “Credit our hitters. They put some good runs up on the board. I made some pitches early in the count and kept my pitch count down and really just tried to attack and let my defense play for me again. It's kind of been our thing these past couple weeks – our defense playing really well."

After blanking UCF on Wednesday, 4-0, the Gators (10-1) have now posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since March 29-30, 2013 against Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0). They now have three shutouts in the first 11 games of the season.

Buddy Reed increased his hitting streak to six games with an infield single in the first inning and leads Florida with six stolen bases in six attempts. Dalton Guthrie raised his hitting streak to a career-high nine games with a single to start UF’s third inning. He added a two-run single in the fourth, giving him a team-best sixth multi-hit outing. Deacon Liput has safely reached base in all 11 games this season. Freshman Blake Reese recorded his first career hit with a single in the eighth inning. Florida's pitching staff recorded double-digits in strikeouts for the eighth time in 11 games and did not allow a walk tonight.

UP NEXT

The Gators and Big Green will continue the series on Saturday at 4 p.m., with junior LHP A.J. Puk (0-1, 2.70) facing junior RHP Jackson Bubala (0-1, 18.00).  The entire series can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.

 


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