#2 Gators lose 2-1 to Georgia in 12 innings

Someone had to win the game, but the biggest shame on Thursday night is that both starting pitchers couldn’t be a part of the win. Florida junior starter A.J. Puk went 6.2 innings allowing one earned run and throwing 10 strikeouts in a great performance. Georgia starter Robert Tyler one-upped Puk giving up an earned run in the first, but shutting down the Gators until the ninth inning when he would be removed with one out.

The Gators had their chances in the 2-1 victory by Georgia, stranding 9 base runners after J.J. Schwarz punched home Deacon Liput in the first.

Georgia stranded eight runners of their own, but senior Nick King was able to notch the winning hit and RBI scoring junior Stephen Wrenn in the top of the 12th.

Florida pitchers struck out 16 batters on the night including the 10 from Puk. Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan couldn’t do much but tip his hat to both pitchers with the performance.

“Obviously, both starting pitchers were very good. That’s the best that A.J. Puk has thrown all year, so I was pleased with that. I think that’s the best that Robert Tyler has thrown all year, as well. He [Tyler] was hitting all of his pitches. He had three pitches working, was hard to run on and was quick to the plate. I thought both guys deserved the chance to win the ballgame.”

The Gators brightest spot at bat was Schwarz who went 3-for-5 with the RBI, he and Pete Alonso (2-for-5) were the only two multiple hit Gators on the night.  

“We scored in the first and we got shut out for 11 straight innings, O’Sullivan said. “We’ve got to figure out another way to score a run. I’m disappointed, honestly. Credit to their pitchers, but if we want to advance in the postseason then we need to figure out a way to score another run. We had a lot of bad at bats. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get them ready for tomorrow. Offensively, we scored four runs over the last 21 innings. We’ve got to generate more offense, it’s that simple.”

 UP NEXT

The two teams meet up again Friday at 7 p.m. with  junior right-hander Logan Shore (7-0, 2.50) taking on UGA junior left-hander Connor Jones (5-2, 5.08). The game will be televised live on the SEC NETWORK.


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