Casey Turgeon came through with a clutch two-run triple to give the top-ranked Florida Gators (23-2) the win to clinch the series over in-state rival and fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (21-4) 4-1. Florida's Johnny Magliozzi (3-0) picked up the win despite only pitching to one batter. Magliozzi, however did pick up a huge double play to end the Florida State threat in the sixth to leave two Seminoles on base. Austin Maddox, after scuffling a bit against South Carolina, pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his eighth save. FSU's Brian Busch (0-1) picks up the loss, giving up Turgeon's triple in just 1/3 of an inning.
Greg Larson, normally a shut down reliever, started the game for the Gators, and pitched well. Larson pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits, while matching a career-high four strikeouts. His blemish came in the fourth when James Ramsey hit an RBI grounder to put the Seminoles up 1-0.
Florida State starter Scott Sitz pitched very well, throwing 5 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and one run and striking out five. Sitz was charged the run when Busch gave up the two RBI triple in the sixth to Turgeon to put the Gators up 2-1. Vickash Ramjit, known for his defense, got the start in left and it paid off. He added an RBI single to score Turgeon to put the Gators up 3-1.
Stephen "Paco" Rodriguez pitched two strong innings, allowing one hit while striking out two leading to Maddox. Ramjit came through again in the eighth with an RBI single for an insurance run to almost the exact same spot as his big hit in the sixth.
The Gators improve to 10-2 on the season against ranked teams and an astounding 7-1 against top-10 squads. Florida also beat Florida State at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville for the first time since 2007. The Gators tough schedule and eight game road trip continue Friday, as they play the No. 16 Ole Miss Rebels at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field in Oxford at 7:30 p.m. The first game will be carried live on Sun Sports.