Gators fall to Bulls in Tampa

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Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan. [File]

Special to The Sun

TAMPA — Florida’s first road trip of the season was a rough one Tuesday, as USF beat the No. 5 Gators 6-1.

USF (3-1) took an early lead, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first before UF starter Hunter McMullen stranded two runners to get out of the inning.

Joe Genord’s solo home run in the third inning extended the Bulls’ lead to 3-0.

“It started on the mound, we fell behind early in the first inning, gave up two runs,” UF coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “This was our first road game and obviously we didn’t handle the stage very well. With such a young team, these are the types of games and experiences that we’re going to learn from.”

Florida (3-1) turned to the bullpen early and transfer Justin Alintoff settled things down, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings to keep USF at bay.

Jud Fabian launched a solo home run to left field — the Gators’ first of the season — to end the shutout bid in the sixth inning.

USF pulled away with a three spot in the seventh for the final margin.

“We hit a couple of balls to the warning track, I think three, early in the game,” O’Sullivan said. “We kept it a two-run game and had first and third with nobody out (in the seventh inning) and had Wil (Dalton} up. That was a tough at bat for us, I think if we had been able to score a run there things could have been a little bit different. We’ve got to do a better job making adjustments. These are the type of learning experiences that we’ll learn from and get better from.”

The Gators only managed two hits, matching their season low from 2018.

Florida hosts UNF at 6 p.m. today. This weekend, the Gators will play Miami in a three-game series at McKethan Stadium. Friday and Saturday’s games will start at 6:30 p.m. The series finale Sunday begins at 1 p.m.

6 COMMENTS

    • Are you kidding me. Not a baseball school. Really. They just one a national championship two years ago and have been in the College World Series several times in the past 10 years. One loss doesn’t mean much at this point of the season. It was a mid week game. Sully is not going to throw his best pitchers out there when they have Miami coming to town this weekend. Baseball is a much longer season than either football or basketball. Managing the pitching is tough especially when you have a lot of young guys on the roster. This was a learning experience. The young guys will not get better just by sitting on the bench and watching. You have to throw them out there and let them learn the hard way. I think they will be a much better team at the end of the year. Sully is like the Calipari of college baseball. Always having to replace good players that turn pro with young guys that need a little work. College is a whole different ball game than high school.

      • TruBlu The poster is a troll and goes by several names here. When football starts up it’ll really get going. Funny thing is the poster is purported to be a Nole fan and FSU beat USF so in his mind they are better than us. That will be decided at some point.

        • I also forgot to mention, I was watching one of the games with the Long Beach State Dirtbags (I love that mascot) over the weekend and one of the announcers pointed out that the Gators have won more games than any other college baseball team over the past decade. Id say that is pretty good for a program.

  1. We knew going in that pitching would be the strength of this young team. It is still too early to gauge the offensive capabilities, and we have another game tonight (UNF) and then a 3 game series with Miami over the weekend to see if they can improve on the first 4 games. Have to admit that getting only 1 HR so far, and only 2 hits total last night is not a good omen ,but Sully knows what it takes to win the season. Go Gators.