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Florida (29-13, 12-8 SEC) trailed most of the game after Georgia (17-27, 5-15 SEC) scored three early runs, but the Gators offense came through in the end to pull out the victory.
Freshman Austin Langworthy went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI on the afternoon and starter Brady Singer had another quality start on the mound, going eight innings with three runs allowed.
Michael Byrne notched his 10th save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.
Georgia opened the scoring in the second inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk from Keegan McGovern. A one-out, RBI single from Mitchell Webb gave the home team a 1-0 lead.
Florida tied the game in the next frame on Langworthy’s two-out, RBI double into the right field corner. Deacon Liput, who walked and stole second, scored on the play.
The Bulldogs retook the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring a pair of runs on four-straight two-out hits. Michael Curry had a RBI double and Keegan McGovern’s RBI single made it 3-1.
The Gators offense finally broke through in the seventh, scoring five runs on four hits to take the lead. UF loaded the bases with nobody out and Liput singled to right to plate one run.
Dalton Guthrie stepped up next and lifted a sac fly to left field to tie the game as Keenan Bell tagged from third.
Langworthy’s RBI single gave Florida the lead. A sac fly from Nelson Maldonado and RBI single from JJ Schwarz extended the lead to 6-3.
After taking the lead, Singer and Byrne shut down the Bulldogs over the final two innings.
Sunday’s series finale will be at 1 p.m. and will stream live on SEC Network+ via the WatchESPN app.
Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan Quotes:
“We had a little meeting there before the seventh, we haven’t really been giving Brady enough run support all year. He’s been pitching his heart out. I encouraged the guys to have the best at bats they could possibly have to try and get to their bullpen a little more and give Brady the run support he deserves. We had some really good at bats at the bottom of the order, Hicks, Keenan got hits then Mark walked with the bases loaded. We executed well with the bases loaded, we’ve had that issue a little bit this year but the guys came through tonight.
“From a pitching standpoint, Brady was outstanding. Probably gave up too many 0-2 hits, but other than that he threw the ball great. We ran the bases aggressively…all in all, it’s a series win on the road and that’s not easy in this league, especially when teams are fighting for their lives to try and get into the SEC tournament. We should be in good shape tomorrow, we’ve got Jackson going. Bottom line is we need to try and get out of here with three wins.”