Jonathan India’s three-run double in the fourth blew the game open and Christian Hicks had a career-high four RBI on three hits. Hicks is the first Gators player to record four RBI in a game this season.
The excitement started in the opening inning, as Florida State’s Taylor Walls greeted freshman starter Tyler Dyson with a leadoff home run.
A two-out double from Drew Mendoza made it 2-0 in favor of the home team after the first inning.
The Gators battled back immediately, scoring four runs in the second to take the lead. UF loaded the bases with one out, despite not recording a hit, and Ryan Larson singled to left to get Florida on the board.
Hicks followed with a two-run single to put the Gators ahead and a RBI groundout from Deacon Liput gave UF an early 4-2 lead.
FSU took advantage of a pair of Florida errors in the bottom of the inning to get one run back then tied the game in the third on a RBI single from Cal Raleigh.
Florida blew it open in the fourth with perhaps its most productive inning of the season. Three straight hits to open the frame started the rally and added two runs on Hicks’ RBI double.
Jonathan India provided the big blow with a bases-clearing double to make it 10-4 in favor of the visiting Gators.
Florida State scored two runs in the ninth inning, but Austin Langworthy closed it out.
The Gators will travel to Nashville this weekend for three games at Vanderbilt, beginning Thursday night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan Quotes:
“I thought we swung the bats good tonight against a really good pitcher. Deacon played really good defense, made a bunch of plays at second, and Dalton hit the ball well tonight. Christian Hicks was outstanding, he had four RBIs and three hits. Ryan Larson had a couple more hits and Austin Langworthy, his first day back, got on base three times and had two hits. The double by India with the bases loaded was huge for us. Nick Horvath did a great job coming in with the bases loaded and nobody out, didn’t let them score.
“It’s great to sweep Florida State in any year, this one was done a little different than the first two. Obviously we’ll take it and get on the bus and go home and get ready for Vanderbilt.”
On Horvath entering and escaping the jam:
“I was really trying to use him later in the game. I’m trying to get some of these young freshman to just give us an inning. An inning here, an inning there. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do that. We’ve got to get better. Some of these freshmen just have to step up and give us something, and Rubio being a senior, we just need to get some more outs from these guys. I know our starting pitching’s really good on the weekend, but these guys have got to step up and give us more. It’s that simple.”
On the offense picking up lately:
“We’re getting there. It’s a long season…the approaches are getting better. But once again, we had bases loaded there with one out and we struck out on three pitches. I don’t want to nitpick, but in a game like this, if they have one more baserunner get on then we have the tying run at the plate. But it’s a win. It wasn’t pretty on either side, starting pitching-wise and the relief pitching early on, but we were able to have a four-run inning and a six-run inning.”