Florida Baseball Sweeps William & Mary 5-3

In a rain shortened game, the top-ranked Florida Gators (7-1) used some power to overtake the William & Mary Tribe (2-5) 5-3. The game was stopped with two outs in the top of the sixth due to heavy rain and unplayable field conditions. Starting pitcher Karsten Whitson lasted only 2/3 of an inning, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. Stephen Rodriguez (2-0) picked up the slack and the win pitched 3 1/3 innings while allowing one run on one hit and four strikeouts. Jason Inghram (0-2) picked up the loss for the Tribe giving up four runs on six hits. The three game sweep of William & Mary marked the first sweep on the season for Florida and marks the end of their season opening eight game homestand.

W&M started off the scoring in the first inning when Michael Katz hit an RBI single. UF struck back in the bottom of the third with Nolan Fontana's two-run home run to put the Gators up 1-0. The Tribe knotted the game up at two in the fourth because of a Rodriguez balk which scored Tadd Bower. Florida returned with two more in the bottom of the inning to put the score at 4-2. Justin Shafer put the Gators ahead for good with a RBI single scoring Austin Maddox and Cody Dent home.

Preston Tucker showed his light tower power with a shot to right giving Florida a 5-2 lead. The homer was Tucker's fifth of the young season and eighth RBI, both of which lead the team. Katz answered with a leadoff home run in the sixth to put the game at the final score of 5-3 before the torrential downpour came about.

Florida gets the week off in preparation for this weekend's series with the number eight Miami Hurricanes (7-0) in Coral Gables at Alex Rodriguez Park. Friday and Saturday's games will be at 7 p.m., while Sunday's game starts at one and will be featured on Fox Sports Florida. In the opening game, the Gators will most likely send Hudson Randall (1-0, 3.00 ERA) to the mound while the 'Canes will probably Eric Erickson (2-0, 0.00 ERA) to the bump.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Alligator Army

You must be a member of Alligator Army to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Alligator Army. You should read them.

Join Alligator Army

You must be a member of Alligator Army to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Alligator Army. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker