Florida Baseball Wins Ninth Straight Vs. Miami

Mike Zunino matched a career high with 4 hits including a solo homer and two RBI powering top-ranked Florida (8-1) to a series opening road win against No. 8 Miami (8-1), 7-5. Zunino pushed his hitting streak to 12 games with the effort. Hudson Randall (2-0) pitched 5 1/3 innnings to take the win for the Gators while Austin Maddox, in addition to going 3-for-3 from the plate, pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to pick up his third save of the season. Maddox struck out a career high seven batters in his short outing. Eric Erickson (2-1), coming into the game with a 0.00 ERA, took the loss for the 'Canes. The win was the Gators ninth straight over their instate rival Hurricanes, and have won 12 out of 13 overall.

Maddox started the scoring in the second inning with a sacrifice fly, scoring Zunino and giving Maddox his first RBI of the season. Florida continued to play small ball with another sac fly in the third inning by Daniel Pigott, scoring Tyler Thompson to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.

Miami's Tyler Palmer knotted the score at two when he blasted a two run home run off of Randall, his second big fly of the year.

Zunino gave Florida the lead again with a leadoff homer in the fourth to put UF up 3-2. The Gators tacked on three runs on four hits in the fifth to build an impressive 6-2 lead. Pigott notched his second sac fly of the afternoon, scoring Josh Tobias. Florida got another run when they executed their second double steal of the game, scoring Thompson. Nolan Fontana was able to stay in a pickle long enough for Thompson to score. Zunino came through once more to give the Gators six runs with a two-out RBI double down the left field line. In the sixth, Florida added it's final run on an infield RBI single by Thompson to put the game at 7-2.

The Hurricanes struck back in the sixth, scoring three runs to narrow the gap. Chantz Mack hit an RBI single to plate one 'Cane. UM scored two more on a Julian Santos RBI single to left to put the game at 7-5. But Maddox shut down Miami from there to keep his 0.00 ERA in 12 innings. During that span, Maddox has struck out 16 and not allowed a walk. Florida also tallied their season high in hits at 15.

The series resumes tonight under the lights at 7 p.m. Brian Johnson (1-0, 0.87 ERA) will head to the mound for the Gators against Eric Whaley (1-0, 0.75 ERA).

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