Florida’s bats were quiet in the early innings, recording only two hits through the first three played. They were down 3-0 in the bottom of the 4th before DH JJ Schwarz (1-3, HR, 2 RBI) recorded his third homerun of the year to get the Gators off the mark. Schwarz’s drive seemed to wake up the Florida offense, as they scored in the next four innings. A Buddy Reed (1-5, 2 RBI) triple in the 5th, a Mike Rivera (1-3, HR, RBI) solo shot and Dalton Guthrie (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) sacrifice fly to make it 6-3 in the 6th. The Gators would extend the lead to 7-3 in the 7th threw a fielder’s choice. This was not lost on Florida Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan, who noted the change in momentum.
“I'm pleased with how they responded. I think JJ (Schwarz)'s home run probably got us going a little bit. Deacon (Liput) had a good swing. He hit a line drive to right and squared up the ball. I think that's what got it going. For some reason, our timing was a little off. We were late to a lot of pitches, and that's something we'll continue to address.”
Dartmouth made the win a little less comfortable, mounting two runs in the 8th off of Rubio to bring the game within two runs. The final run for the Gators came through a Dalton Guthrie double in the 8th that brought 3B Jonathan India (2-3, 2B) home.
O’Sullivan also praised the level of competition Dartmouth provided, as most expected little in the way of resistance from the visitors.
“"I credit Dartmouth for giving us some really good games this weekend. They ran out some pretty good arms. Their hitters were pesky; it was hard to put them away. They battled, today especially.”
Starting pitcher Alex Faedo (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K) did not have his best stuff, as the Big Green got off to a quick start with two runs in the second inning. It was not needed to pick up his third win in as many appearances and did just enough to keep the Gators in the game until the bats woke up in the 4th inning. Kirby Snead came on in relief of Faedo at the beginning of the 6th inning and pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings before making way for Frank Rubio (2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 K), who struggled and was hit hard by the Big Green. Left hander and Santa Fe College alumnus Nick Horvath came on to record the final out to see out the sweep of Dartmouth, who fall to 0-6 on the year.
The Gators are in action next on Tuesday against the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.