Courtesy: Florida Sports
Florida overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Seton Hall 4-3 on Saturday night at McKethan Stadium in game two of a doubleheader.
Senior Ryan Larson hit a pair of solo home runs, the second tying the game in the seventh, and Jonathan India hit a sac fly in the eighth for the winning run. Larson had not homered in his previous 127 games, the longest active streak on the Gators roster.
Sophomore Michael Byrne entered in the ninth with a pair of runners on and got the final two outs for his first career save.
Seton Hall got on the board first after taking advantage of a Gators' error. The Pirates led off with back-to-back singles to get a pair of runners on base.
Connor Hood bunted to advance the runners, but an errant throw from pitcher Brady Singer allowed one run to score and set SHU up with runners on the corners and no outs. A RBI groundout made it 2-0 and a RBI double from Al Molina made it 3-0.
The Pirates did not score the remainder of the game, as Singer combined with three relievers to shut out Seton Hall for the final six innings.
Florida chipped into the lead with a couple of runs in the fifth and sixth. Larson's first solo home run got the Gators on the board in the fifth and a RBI grounder from Mark Kolozsvary cut the deficit to one in the sixth.
Singer exited after six innings with two earned runs allowed on five hits. Freshman Kirby McMullen took over in the seventh inning and promptly struck out the first five batters he faced, working 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Larson provided the fireworks again in the bottom of the seventh, hitting his second home run of the game to tie the game at three.
In the eighth, Dalton Guthrie led off with a walk and JJ Schwarz doubled to set the Gators up with runners on second and third with no outs. Jonathan India launched a fly ball to left and Guthrie tagged from third to give UF a 4-3 lead.
Byrne entered in the ninth after Seton Hall drew a one-out walk and had a single to set up a potential game-tying scoring opportunity. Byrne struck out the final two batters of the game.
Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan
"Tonight's game was a must-win for us. There are some positives; I think JJ's swinging the bat really well now. I can't say enough about our freshmen arms out of the pen. Garrett Milchin is awesome. Tyler Dyson was great again. Kirby McMullen did a nice job tonight. We've just got to get our offense going. We will. But it is getting to a point now where we're going to have to settle in on a lineup. We've given a lot of guys different chances and we'll settle in on the 10-12 guys and we'll go with it and continue to work at it."