Big fifth inning lifts Gators to win over MSU

Florida pitcher Johnny Magliozzi made his first start of the season, going five-plus innings and only surrendering three runs to pick up Sunday's win.

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Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 6:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 6:27 p.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Powered by an eight-run fifth inning, Florida salvaged the finale of its series at No. 17 Mississippi State with an 8-3 win Sunday in front of 7,660 spectators at Dudy Noble Field.

Sophomore Connor Mitchell moved the Gators (15-18, 5-7 SEC) in front with a three-run, pinch-hit triple and sophomore Josh Tobias had a pair of hits, one a two-run double, in the extended fifth frame in which 12 batters stepped to the plate.

Sophomore right-hander Johnny Magliozzi (3-1) captured his SEC starting debut by working 5.2 innings in which he allowed three runs.

Mississippi State (26-9, 5-7) used a sacrifice fly by junior Hunter Renfroe and an RBI single by junior Brett Pirtle to take a 2-0 lead against Magliozzi in the first inning.

The Gators erupted for the eight runs on six hits and one error to build an 8-2 lead in the fifth. It was the most runs scored by UF in an inning this season.

Florida will wrap up its regular-season series with No. 5 Florida State (27-5) on Tuesday night in Tallahassee.

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