O’Sullivan Picks Up 600th Win as No. 9 Florida Clinches Sequence Over Alabama

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Powered by an 18-hit evening by the Gators offense, No. 9 Florida clinched its first Southeastern Conference sequence victory of the season by topping Alabama, 13-6, at Thomas-Sewell Stadium on Saturday evening.
 
Wyatt Langford and Kris Armstrong highlighted the offensive surge in sport two, because the duo mixed to go 7-for-11 with three house runs, six RBI and 5 runs scored. Langford turned in a 3-for-6 efficiency on the plate with a career-high two homers, 4 RBI and three runs, whereas Armstrong notched a career-best 4 hits together with one house run.
 
Langford and BT Riopelle put the Gators (15-4, 2-0 SEC) on prime early, connecting for back-to-back homers within the first inning. Langford opened the scoring with a two-run lengthy ball to left area on a full rely, with Riopelle sending a mammoth blast over the appropriate area fence on the second pitch of the at bat handy Florida a 3-0 lead.
 
Florida beginning pitcher Brandon Sproat labored round a one-out double by Crimson Tide (12-8, 0-2 SEC) catcher Dominic Tavez within the backside half, utilizing a changeup to sit down down Tommy Seidl en path to a scoreless body.
 
Alabama diminished the Gator result in two within the second. The Tide loaded the bases on a pair of hits and a stroll, then leadoff man Jim Jarvis drew a bases-loaded free cross to plate Owen Diodati.
 
The Gators answered proper again within the prime of the third, with Colby Halter and Jud Fabian main off with a stroll and single to left area. After Sterlin Thompson superior the runners to second and third on a groundout, Langford drove in his third run of the evening by bringing house Halter on a groundout to shortstop.
 
Both groups continued to place numbers within the scoring column, as Alabama responded for a pair of runs within the backside half of the inning. Drew Williamson singled in Zane Denton, adopted by a four-six-three double play off the bat of Diodati that scored Seidl. In the next body, Florida received one run again to make it 5-3 because of a protracted RBI single off the left-center area wall by Deric Fabian.
 
Florida and Alabama finally scored in six-straight half innings, because the Tide scratched two runs throughout within the backside of the fourth earlier than the Gators regained the lead within the prime of the fifth. On the primary pitch he noticed, Langford blasted a no-doubt house run to left heart for his second large fly of the evening – tying Jud Fabian for the crew excessive together with his seventh homer. The Orange & Blue then proceeded to load up the bases, with Halter growing the Florida result in 7-5 by drawing a bases-loaded stroll.
 
Right-handed reliever Ryan Slater offered Florida’s first zero for the reason that first inning, blanking the Tide to carry the rating by 5. While the Alabama offense was slowed down, the Florida bats weren’t, exploding for 4 extra runs within the sixth. The Gators scored of their fourth-consecutive body, as Langford picked up his third hit of the evening and got here round to attain on an RBI single by Riopelle. Kendrick Calilao then swatted his third house run of the yr to drive in two, whereas Armstrong joined in on the slugfest with a solo bomb to left.
 
In the underside of the seventh, Diodati hit a two-out homer to proper to deliver the Tide inside 5 runs. That diminished deficit proved to be brief lived, because the Gators tacked on two extra the very subsequent inning because of an Armstrong RBI double and D. Fabian RBI single.
 
With the rating at 13-6, Blake Purnell entered to close the sport down within the ninth. Florida’s reduction ace labored a one-two-three inning whereas placing out two to clinch the sequence for the Orange & Blue.
 
Slater (2-0) earned the win, tying his career-high with 5 innings of reduction. The right-hander allowed two earned runs, scattering 5 hits and two walks whereas placing out six batters – a brand new private greatest.
 
Crimson Tide reliever Hunter Furtado (2-2) was saddled with the loss, permitting six earned runs throughout 2.1 innings on eight hits and two walks.
 
Sproat acquired the no-decision, lasting three-plus innings with 4 earned runs allowed. The righty surrendered 5 hits and two walks whereas placing out two. Alabama starter Antoine Jean additionally didn’t issue into the choice, pitching 3.1 innings with 5 earned runs allowed on six hits and two walks. He struck out one.
 
Langford (3-for-6), Riopelle (2-for-5), Calilao (2-for-5), Rivera (3-for-5), Armstrong (4-for-5) and D. Fabian (2-for-5) all logged multi-hit efforts.

NOTABLES

  • Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan gained his 600th profession sport as a head coach – all at Florida.

    • O’Sullivan owns a profession file of 600-282. His .680 successful share ranks third amongst all energetic Division I head coaches.
    • Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin additionally gained his 600th profession sport on Saturday alongside O’Sullivan.

  • Langford notched his first-career multi-homer sport, going deep twice to tie J. Fabian for the crew excessive in house runs with seven.
  • Armstrong set a profession excessive with 4 hits whereas hitting his second house run of the marketing campaign.
  • In pitching a scoreless ninth, Purnell has now opened the season with 11-conescutive appearances spanning 19 1/3 innings with out permitting an earned run.
  • Florida is now 66-57 all-time vs. Alabama together with a 25-30 mark in Tuscaloosa.

    • The Gators have gained a program-best 12-straight video games towards the Tide.
    • Florida is 25-5 total and 11-3 on the highway vs. Alabama beneath O’Sullivan.

  • The Gators have gained 14 of their final 16 video games total.
  • Calilao prolonged his team-leading hitting streak to 9 video games.

FROM HEAD COACH KEVIN O’SULLIVAN
On the offensive efficiency…
“I think that was one of the things that we talked about last night, is to play offense for nine innings. Hopefully, the message came across. It did. I thought we swung the bats really well the entire night. I thought we were competitive the entire night. We scored that many runs with that many hits.”
 
On Slater’s 5 innings of reduction…
“We tacked on a run here and a couple runs there and he went out and put up some zeros. I was really, really pleased with how he threw.”
 
On the deep lineup…
“Coming into this week we tried to make a huge emphasis on trying to get Kris [Armstrong] going again and Josh [Rivera]. I’m really, really pleased with the weekends they’ve had because if we can get them going that makes us that much better offensively.”
 
On being congratulated on his 600th profession win…
“I appreciate that. I appreciate the players coming up at the end and saying some nice things. At the end of the day, the players are the ones that go out and play. They’re the ones that have to put in all the hard work in the weight room and that type of thing. But certainly, it’s a nice milestone. I’m just glad, honestly, not to sound too modest, but I’m just really glad for the players, to go on the road for our first SEC series and win the series.”

UP NEXT

Florida and Alabama go head-to-head one final time within the sequence finale on Sunday afternoon. The sport will stream reside on SEC Network+ at 2 p.m. ET.

 


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