A game after his 15 game hitting streak was snapped, Mike Zunino started a new hitting streak, belting two home runs and four RBI to lead No. ! Florida (13-1) over the FGCU Eagles (6-6), 4-2. The win was the Gators 11th straight, their longest streak since 2002. UF also improved to 7-0 on the season when trailing in the game. Hudson Randall(pitched a beauty of a game, going 7 1/3 innings strong, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six. But the Eagles Ricky Knapp matched Randall, pitching seven strong innings, allowing five hits and two runs. Stephen Rodriguez (3-0) picked up the win for Florida, shutting down Florida Gulf Coast in the eighth and Austin Maddox closed out the game for his fourth save of the season, striking out the side to end the game. Brady Anderson (1-1) picked up the loss for FGCU after allowing Zunino's second homer of the night.
Florida Gulf Coast drew first blood on a Andrew Valencia two-out, two-run blast to put the Eagles up 2-0 in the fourth. But that was all of the offense FGCU could muster due to the masterful pitching of Randall, Rodriguez, and Maddox.
In the sixth inning, Zunino came to the plate after Daniel Pigott singled to center. On a 1-0 pitch, Zunino sent the two-run homer over the left field fence to knot the game at two. Zunino came through once again in the eighth on his second two-run bomb of the night. His second home run scored Preston Tucker, who reached base on a single to right. The hit marked the 276th of Tucker's illustrious career, which tied him with David Eckstein for third on Florida's all-time list.
The series continues tomorrow a showdown of southpaws when Florida sends Brian Johnson (1-0, 3.95 ERA) to the bump to face off against FGCU's Brandon Bixler (2-1, 1.02 ERA). The game starts at 4 p.m. which will give you plenty of time to watch Gators basketball take on Kentucky before listening to the game on AM 850.