Florida baseball: 3 things learned from the Gators' sweep of Ole Miss Rebels

Kevin Brockway
The Gainesville Sun
Florida's utility Jac Caglianone (14) with the catch at first for the out in the top of the fourth inning against Alabama, Thursday March 16, 2023, at Condron Family Baseball Park in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators beat Alabama 3-0. [Cyndi Chambers/ Gainesville Sun] 2023

No. 3 Florida baseball (22-4, 5-1 SEC) completed a three-game sweep of No. 13 Ole Miss with a 7-4 win on Sunday afternoon.

The Gators have won four straight and 12 of their last 13 games. Florida also completed its first sweep of a three-game series in Oxford, Miss., since 1988.

 "Ole Miss got an older lineup and they can hit," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "We withstood some back and forth a little bit."

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Here's a look at three things learned from the road series win.

Jac Caglianone is capable of carrying a lineup

The return of Wyatt Langford provided a boon to the lineup; Florida scored 28 runs during the three-game series.

But Caglianone remained the hitting star for the Gators as the lefty pitcher/first baseman belted four home runs, going 8-for-13 with 5 RBIs.

Caglianone is batting .400 for the season with 17 home runs and 38 RBIs. He's nine homers shy of breaking the UF record for home runs in a season (26) shared by Langford and Matt LaPorta.

Starting pitching remains up and down

None of Florida's three weekend starters made it past 5.1 innings. Brandon Sproat allowed 5 runs and 8 hits in 5.1 innings in a no-decision in Florida's 9-7 win in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. In the nightcap, Hurston Waldrep (4-1) pitched 5 innings for the win, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 9 strikeouts.

Caglianone ended up with a no-decision on Sunday, walking eight in 3.2 innings in allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on one hit.

"Jac didn't have his best stuff today," O'Sullivan said. "Some of that may be attributed to yesterday, playing 18 innings. I thought his slot might have been a little bit lower than normal today. He missed a lot of high-arm sides, so we got some work to do."

Brandon Neely can shut the door

Neely picked up a pair of saves over the weekend, as the sophomore righty allowed 1 run in 1.1 IP to preserve the 9-7 win of Saturday and no runs in 2 IP to close out the 7-4 win on Sunday.

Neely (0-0, 3.66 ERA) has 5 saves on the season with 29 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched.

Up next

Florida will face state-rival Florida State at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville on Tuesday (7 p.m., ACC Network, WRUF).