Mississippi State too much for Florida, 7-3
Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — A four-run third inning propelled No. 17 Mississippi State to a 7-3 series-opening win over Florida on Friday night at Dudy Noble Field in front of a crowd of 8,414 fans.
Gators vs. Bulldogs
WHO: Florida at No. 17 Mississippi State
WHEN: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss.
TV: Saturday, CSS (Cox Sports Channel 199); Sunday, none
RADIO: 103.7 FM
Senior left-hander Luis Pollorena (5-1) allowed two runs over six innings to earn the win and sophomore Jonathan Holder totaled four strikeouts over the final two innings to collect his ninth save, while four different Bulldogs chipped in with multiple-hit efforts to snap the Gators' three-game winning streak.
Sophomore Taylor Gushue had a career-high three doubles and drove in a pair of runs during the setback.
The Gators (14-17, 4-6 SEC) seized a 1-0 lead on an RBI double off the wall in left center field by Gushue in the first inning against Pollorena. Freshman Harrison Bader had drawn a one-out walk and scored all the way from first base on Gushue's fifth double of the season that raised his hitting streak to a career-best seven games. A grounder by sophomore Justin Shafer moved Gushue to third and senior Vickash Ramjit earned a two-out walk for runners on the corners. Pollorena had redshirt sophomore Zack Powers ground out to end the frame.
The Bulldogs (25-8, 4-6) plated four runs on two hits and two Gator errors in the third to take a 4-1 lead. Junior Hunter Renfroe (2-for-4, two runs) reached on a one-out fielding error by Ramjit and scored on a double down the left-field line by junior Brett Pirtle (2-for-5) to tie the score. Rea (2-for-3, two RBI) singled up the middle for runners on first and third and Bradford walked to load the bases with one down. A passed ball enabled Pirtle to come home for a 2-1 count and Slauter (2-for-4) walked to re-load the bags. A sacrifice fly into left field by Frost brought home Rea and Robson's grounder was misplayed by senior shortstop Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) to score Bradford with the fourth run.
Freshman left-hander Danny Young (1-2, 3.12) will pitch game two today for UF against MSU senior righty Kendall Graveman (3-2, 2.43). Bernie Guenther and Ronnie Rantz will broadcast the game at 4 p.m. for CSS, which will be carried in Gainesville on Cox Sports, Channel 259 or 1259 (HD).