Tampa Bay Sports Day

Second-Straight Shutout Clinches Series for Gators Over Miami

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Florida shut out Miami for the second straight game Saturday night, the first time the Gators have ever accomplished the feat. Starting pitcher Brady Singer tallied a career-high 11 strikeouts as the Gators won 2-0 at McKethan Stadium.

The victory clinched the series for the Orange and Blue after UF won the opener 1-0 on Friday. Florida has won the last three series against the Hurricanes.

“It was kind of a carbon copy of last night. An unbelievable start by Brady (Singer), fastball was special tonight, 93-96 (mph), going both sides of the plate and got into a really good rhythm. Offensively we hit the two homers and a double and we’ll get better. I’m really excited, I said that before the season. Our starting pitching has a chance to be dynamite and those first two starts were as good of starts as we’ve had here, so I’m awfully excited about that,” said Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

Despite just three hits in the game, two of them were solo home runs. In the third inning, Mark Kolozsvary lifted a Jeb Bargfeldt pitch just over the fence in left field for a 1-0 lead. The home run was Kolozsvary’s first hit of the year and his third career home run.

In the sixth inning, Jonathan India notched his second home run of the season, belting a shot to left field. The RBI put India at a team-best seven for the season.

Dalton Guthrie’s five-game hitting streak ended on Saturday, but he did reach base for the sixth-straight game with a walk in the third inning. Austin Langworthy picked up his team-leading fourth walk of the season in the eighth inning.

We played great defense and Nick (Horvath) came in and did his job and got the left-handed (Miami senior designated hitter Johnny) Ruiz and it was really good to see Frank (Rubio) come back out again after last night’s performance. I had a decision to make there at the end,” added O’Sullivan.

Singer improved to 2-0 on the season after a career-high 7.2 innings pitched. He had just one walk to go with 11 strikeouts.

After Singer, junior Nick Horvath finished off the eighth, striking out the one batter he faced. Coming in for the ninth, senior Frank Rubio got the final three outs to notch his second save in as many nights. The save was the third of Rubio’s career.

The back-to-back shutouts were the first since the Gators did the same to Florida State in games two and three of the 2016 NCAA Super Regional.

Miami starter Jeb Bargfeldt lasted six innings, giving up three hits and both Gator runs. The loss was Bargfeldt’s first at Miami and only the fifth in his three years of college.

The final game of the series will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the McKethan Stadium.