At the start of a vital week, Florida displayed steely nerves.
Casey Turgeon broke open a 1-0 game with a three-run homer in the fifth and Danny Young blanked Florida State over five innings as the No. 15 Gators completed a season sweep of No. 1 FSU for the second time in three years Tuesday with an 8-0 win in Tallahassee.
Young improved to 4-0 and the Gators had 10 hits as they look ahead to a key series against No. 5 South Carolina this weekend. The teams are tied atop the SEC East at 7-5.
For Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan, the win was especially important following a 1-3 week and a series loss to Kentucky.
"I'm just proud of our team and the way we played tonight after having a tough weekend in Kentucky,” O’Sullivan said in a release. “To give up 36 runs and 50 hits was tough. It was as tough a weekend as we had, pitching wise, in a long, long time. To come out here and shut out a Florida State team that is very good is a heck of an accomplishment."
For his part, Seminoles coach Mike Martin gave credit to the Gators.
“This game will humble you,” Martin said. “We were soundly beaten; there is no other way to look at it. You tip your hat to the University of Florida and move to the next one. They did more things right then we did; they deserved to win the game.”
Top 25 Showdowns
(21) Rice at (7) Texas: Three Rice pitchers combined on a one-hitter and the Owls battered Lukas Schiraldi in a 7-2 win. Trevor Tekyl (5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 K) was terrific in relief of a wild Caleb Smith and Jon Duplantier threw 2.1 hitless innings to close out the win. Schiraldi (4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R) fell to 5-2. Charlie Warren knocked in two runs and Connor Tekyl had two hits and an RBI.
Top 25 Upsets
New Orleans at (3) Louisiana-Lafayette: The Privateers jumped out on the Ragin’ Cajuns, then held them off in an 8-7 win. New Orleans had 12 hits and a 5-1 lead early. Blake Trahan’s three-run homer tied it, but Reese Kanter singled to give the Privateers the lead for good in the seventh. With the score 8-6 in the bottom of the eighth, the Cajuns loaded the bases with one out, but Daniel Martinez got a big strikeout against Seth Harrison for the second out and got the next hitter to ground out to end the threat. It’s a bad loss for the Cajuns, as New Orleans is just 10-20 overall, No. 237 in the RPI.
Morehead State at (12) Kentucky: Morehead State, just 16-40 a year ago, got its first win against a ranked opponent since April 18, 2007 with a 6-4 win at Kentucky. The Eagles are now 16-16 after limiting the Wildcats to five hits.
“Tonight was a team effort,” coach Mike McGuire said. “I’m so proud of our young men for their performance against a terrific opponent. It’s one thing to face nationally ranked teams. It’s another thing to play on their turf and win the game.”
Kentucky entered the game leading the SEC in batting average (.318), slugging percentage (.467), on-base percentage (.418), runs (284), hits (357), RBI (247) and homers (30), but junior lefthander Luke Schneider limited the Wildcats to one run and two hits in 5.1 innings and sophomore righthander Craig Pearcy went the rest of the way for his sixth save.
Georgia at (14) Clemson: Patrick Boling pitched a career-high 7.2 innings and Hunter Cole homered and drove in four runs to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-2 win. Clemson starter Brody Koerner gave up three runs and four walks in just 1.1 innings.
Other Top 25 Results
(2) Virginia at James Madison: Joe McCarthy went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs and Mike Papi also homered as Virginia cruised by James Madison 9-3. Freshman Alec Bettinger (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R) got his fourth win.
St. Mary's at (4) Cal Poly: Cal Poly ended an 18-game homestand with its 16th win in that span as freshman righthander Justin Calomeni (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K) got his sixth win and shortstop Peter Van Gansen drove in three runs in a 6-2 win.
Furman vs (5) South Carolina: The Gamecocks belted out 14 hits, including a three-run homer by Kyle Martin on the way to a 9-2 win at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. Freshman righthander Taylor Widener (4.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K) improved to 2-0.
“Widener is developing a little bit of a comfort zone,” South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook said. “We have a lot of confidence in him. He throws strikes. He has a little bit of a bulldog mentality, throws to both sides of the plate and has really good command of his fastball. He smoothed things out for us tonight. It was good to see Taylor throw the way he did.”
Texas State at (8) Houston: The Cougars got standout pitching from junior David Longville (4 IP, 2 H, 1 R) and freshman Andrew Lantrip (4 IP, 1 H) in a 7-1 win. Sophomore Kyle Survance had three RBIs.
Indiana State at (11) Vanderbilt: Sophomore Walker Buehler (7 IP, 10 K) waited out a 55-minute rain delay to match career highs in innings and strikeouts in a 6-2 win. Dansby Swanson had a double for the Commodores and has reached base in all 34 games.
(13) Louisville at Purdue: Freshman lefthander Josh Rogers had his best outing to date (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K) and the Cardinals scored twice in the 10th to beat the Boilermakers 3-1.
Southern Mississippi at (17) Mississippi State: Derrick Armstrong scored the winning run in the 11th on a wild pitch as the Bulldogs outlasted Southern Miss, 4-3. "We had so many good offensive situations out there and we didn't cash them in," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "I felt like we left about 10 runs out there. Southern Miss hung in there and hung in there. I thought we pitched it really well and defended the field great.”
UCLA at (18) Cal State Fullerton: Matt Chapman and Tanner Pinkston each had two hits and three RBIs as the Titans scored three times in the fifth and held off the Bruins 4-3. Grant Dyer (5 IP, 5 H, 4 R) took the loss. J.D. Davis struck out three over two perfect innings of relief to earn the save for Fullerton.
(19) Ole Miss at Memphis: Will Allen and Sikes Orvis homered in the fifth inning as the Rebels broke the game open en route to a 9-1 win. Preston Overbey was 3-for-4. Jeremy Massie (5 IP, 4 H, 2 K) got the win.
(20) UNLV at Arkansas: T.J. White (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) led UNLV’s 10-hit attack in support of Kenny Oakley (6.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), as the Rebels won the opener of a two-game midweek road series at Arkansas, 10-7.
Portland at (25) Oregon: The Ducks scored nine runs in the first and led 12-0 after two before holding on to beat Portland 15-10. Shaun Chase homered for the Ducks.