Alex Faedo ---- Tim Casey / UAA Communications

Alex Faedo on target in Gators shutout of Columbia

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Alex Faedo was sharp again and the Florida offense bounced back with seven runs on 10 hits as the Gators beat Columbia 7-0 on Friday night at McKethan Stadium. Game two of the series will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Faedo pitched seven shutout innings, extending his scoreless streak to 15.2, and racked up nine strikeouts on just 79 pitches. It was UF’s third shutout of the season.

Freshmen Keenan Bell (2-for-3) and Austin Langworthy (1-for-3, 2 BB) combined for three RBI. Langworthy opened the scoring with his second home run of the season in the first inning.

In the second inning, the Gators had bases loaded and a sac fly from Dalton Guthrie gave UF its second run of the game.

Florida scored three runs in the third inning. Jonathan India singled and stole second to get Florida in scoring position. A single from Deacon Liput put runners on the corners for Mike Rivera.

Rivera roped a double left center that bounced over the wall. Bell singled home Liput and Christian Hicks’ sac fly made it 5-0.

The Gators added two more runs in the fourth on a wild pitch and another RBI single from Bell.

Freshman Garrett Milchin relieved Faedo in the eighth inning and allowed one hit in two scoreless frames to close out the game.

Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan Quotes…

"I thought the first four innings were pretty good. I don't know if we had a hit after the fifth inning, which is a little disappointing. Tonight boiled down to two things -- number one, we've got to do a better job of making in-game adjustments. The left-hander came in and did a really nice job and threw a ton of breaking balls. I think we need to make adjustments quicker and we need to figure out what they're doing over in the other dugout and start sitting on pitches and when we get them, we can't miss them. Credit their pitcher, he did a nice job.

“The other thing is we're going to have to learn how to score runs in a variety of ways. I felt like with Alex (Faedo) on the mound, we felt very confident. Normally we don't bunt in the second inning, but we don't have any (sacrifice bunts) on the year, we don't have any bunts for hits and sitting there talking to our coaches yesterday about some of the Friday night pitchers in our league, even Saturday pitchers, it's going to be very difficult to score seven, eight runs on a Friday night in our league against some of these arms and we're going to have to figure out a variety of ways to score, and we're going to have to do a better job that way and not everybody in our lineup needs to bunt, but certain guys are going to have to. If you can get a run against an (LSU pitcher) Alex Lange in the second inning, you better be able to take advantage of it. There are a lot of good pitchers in our league. We're going to have to sharpen that up a little bit and put a couple hit and runs on. We swung through some pitches and we're just going to have to improve, it's that simple.

“Alex (Faedo) was really good tonight. I thought he threw some really good changeups, obviously his fastball and breaking ball have been really good all year long. It was really good to get Garrett (Milchin) out there, I thought he threw the ball very well. We played really good defense. The energy level was great tonight after a tough game Wednesday. The guys were talking on the field, the defense and pitching part of it was definitely in-sync. We swung the bats better tonight, but we've got to get better, it's just that simple."


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