With his team's conference championship hopes hanging in the balance, Florida's Brady Singer delivered one of the strongest pitching performances in the SEC this season.
The Gators' sophomore right-hander held the league's top offensive club, Kentucky, hitless into the sixth inning en route to a 14-3 victory Friday night in Gainesville.
After losing 12-4 in Thursday night's opener, No. 5 Florida forced a decisive Game 3 on Saturday that will determine the SEC East title and give both teams an opportunity to share the league's overall championship with No. 6 LSU. The Tigers have won the first two games in their series at Mississippi State.
Singer (7-3) allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings on the mound. He struck out eight and did not yield a run until his final inning of work.
By then, it was too little, too late for No. 7 Kentucky (38-17, 19-10 SEC).
Florida (39-15, 20-9 SEC) pounded out 16 hits on the night, led by three apiece from Dalton Guthrie, Jonathan
It was a huge night for Kolozsvary, a junior catcher who got the Gators rolling with a two-run homer in the second and finished with five RBI and three runs scored.
Zach Logue (6-5) started and took the loss for the Cats. The junior left-hander was tagged for six runs on eight hits and two walks in only three innings on the mound.
Kentucky's only offense came via a two-run home run by Kole Cottam and
The game saw UK's Nick Mingione ejected for the first time in his career as a head coach after disputing a non-call when Marcus Carson appeared to be grazed by a pitch in the fifth inning. The home plate umpire ruled that Carson did not make an attempt to move, and Mingione took exception, although many believed it may have simply been an effort to bring some energy to the struggling Cats.