McKethan in the gloaming. (Andy Hutchins/SB Nation)
Hudson Randall got the nod in Thursday night's game and delivered his best outing of the season, a complete game, three-hit shutout to go along with three strikeouts and one walk. It was the first time all season Auburn, the SEC's top offense, had been shut out.
The Gators' bats were sufficient, giving Randall a 5-0 cushion by the second inning. Preston Tucker, who went 3-4 in the game, became Florida's all-time hit leader with a two-run home run in the second inning. Nolan Fontana also went 3-4 and scored three runs.
The great pitching and hot bats carried over into Friday night's game, as Brian Johnson pitched seven innings and gave up an unearned run, struck out seven batters and walked two to lead the Gators to a 10-1 win.
Florida jumped on Auburn starting pitcher Daniel Koger early, getting out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Daniel Pigott started the rally by drawing a six-pitch walk. Tucker sent an opposite-field drive to left field to put runners on second and third. Following a Mike Zunino walk to load the bases, Brian Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Florida's first run. The very next batter, Vickash Ramjit, emptied the bases with a three-run home run to right field which barely eked over the fence and inside the foul pole.
Zunino added a solo shot to right field to put Florida up 5-0 at the start of the third inning. The Gators added two more runs in the third -- one on an RBI infield single from Josh Tobias and another on a fielder's choice.
Tucker continued his hot streak at the plate by belting the first pitch of his sixth inning at bat to right center for a two-run home run, extending Florida's lead to 10-1.
Florida will send Karsten Whitson to the mound in Saturday afternoon's game, as the Gators look for the series sweep over Auburn. Whitson had a season-high four strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work last Sunday versus Mississippi State.