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Gators drop series with Vols in 10th inning loss

Tennessee beat Florida 3-2 in extra innings on Saturday night at McKethan Stadium, clinching the series for the Volunteers.

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Tennessee (17-11, 3-8 SEC) scored the winning run in the top of the 10th and held on for its second extra-inning win in a row. Florida (20-11, 5-6 SEC) has played five straight one-run games, dropping the last two after winning three in a row at Missouri.

On the season, the Gators have played 17 one-run games, equaling the amount of one-run games they played in all of 2016.

 

Tennessee got on the board first, scoring a run on three hits in the third inning. Justin Ammons RBI single gave the Vols a 1-0 lead.

 

The Gators took the lead in the fourth after a pair of runs scored on three hits. Mark Kolozsvary hit the first triple of his career to bring home Ryan Larson and tie the game.

 

Freshman Garrett Milchin then singled to put Florida ahead 2-1.

 

The Vols tied it up in the sixth, taking advantage of a two-out triple from Andre Lipcius that scored Benito Santiago from first.

 

Brady Singer kept the visiting team at bay for most of the night, allowing just two runs on five hits before being lifted with one out in the seventh.

 

Both teams were held scoreless over the final three innings to send the game to extras for the second night in a row.

 

The Vols capitalized on their first opportunity. Ammons singled to center field with one out before Benito Santiago lined a double to left center field.

 

Ammons was waved home on the play and the Gators relay throw was dropped on the exchange, allowing Tennessee to take a 3-2 lead.

 

In the bottom of the 10th, UT’s Jon Lipinski retired Florida in order to earn the win.

 

The series finale between the Gators and Vols is Sunday at 1 p.m. It will air live on SEC Network with Dave Neal and Chris Burke on the broadcast.

 

Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan Quote:

“I thought Brady pitched great. We had double-digit hits again, Ryan continues to swing the bat really good. I think the biggest mistakes were made on the base paths tonight. The hit-and-run in the three hole and we didn’t go first to third, which we should have. Then when the right fielder was playing deep, we blooped the ball in there and probably should have scored right away but got a late jump. Obviously you want to check the outfielder depth before you take your lead and we didn’t do that. We got doubled up on a soft liner at second. The hit-and-run probably hurt us because Kolo got a hit in the next at bat.

 

“We’ve won our fair share of one-run games and now we’ve lost a couple in a row. All we can do is come back tomorrow and play a little bit better and get back to .500 in the league. We’ve only played 31 games, we’ve got a lot of baseball left. It’s frustrating, but we’ll come back tomorrow and be ready to play.”

 


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