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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Junior Brady Singer threw the first complete-game shutout of his career Friday and JJ Schwarz drove in four runs as top-ranked Florida defeated No. 21 Texas A&M, 9-0.
Schwarz had four hits, including a triple and double. Deacon Liput and Blake Reese had three hits apiece and the Gators scored seven runs with two outs in recording their fifth shutout of the season.
UF improves to 37-10 overall and 17-5 in the SEC, while the Aggies drop to 33-13, 11-11.
Singer (10-1) struck out five and scattered six hits.
“Obviously the story of the night was Brady on the mound,” UF coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “You just don’t see a complete game shutout on the road in this league, especially on a Friday night. He was really, really impressive. He was really good tonight.”
The Gators got it started early, scoring a run in the first inning on Liput’s double and Schwarz’s run-scoring infield single.
UF took command with a four-run sixth inning. Wil Dalton started it with a single and scored on Schwarz’s triple. Austin Langworthy drove in Schwarz with a single. Reese doubled to drive in Langworthy, who later scored on a Keenan Bell single.
Reese added an RBI single in the eighth to extend UF’s lead to 6-0 and it became 7-0 on Brady Smith’s sacrifice fly.
Schwarz made it 9-0 in the ninth with a two-run double.
“There was a lot of positives in tonight’s game,” O’Sullivan said. “Blake had three hits, JJ had four hits, Deacon Liput got us off to a good start and had three hits. We had some really competitive at-bats the whole night, we got their starter’s pitch count up. He was throwing the ball really well. And we played great defense.
“We had I think nine two-strike hits tonight. We had the four-run sixth inning where we had two outs, nobody on. It was just a really nice game all around. Brady was phenomenal and offensively we were really good tonight.”
The Gators go for the series win starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. The game will air on the SEC Network. Sunday’s finale will be on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.