Florida Powers Past Georgia Tech, 6-2, Moves To Finals Of Gainesville Regional

(Via @GatorZoneScott.)

A night after Jonathon Crawford silenced Bethune-Cookman's bats in a no-hitter, Florida's biggest names made some noise with theirs in a 6-2 win over Georgia Tech.

Mike Zunino hit a home run in the fourth inning to put Florida up for good against the Yellow Jackets, and Preston Tucker swatted a two-run shot over the scoreboard in right field to give the Gators insurance in the top of the ninth. Nolan Fontana (one of two Gators to go 2-for-3), Justin Shafer, and Vickash Ramjit (the other) all added an RBI each.

Florida had to rally from a 1-0 deficit after starter Hudson Randall allowed three consecutive singles in the second inning, but Randall worked into and out of jams all night, allowing eight hits and walking one in 5.2 innings and conceding just one run because of it. Steven Rodriguez allowed four hits and one run in the final 3.1 innings of play.

The game itself was ultimately more exciting for its extracurriculars: A Georgia Tech batter was brought back onto the field after a strikeout pitch from Randall to end the third was ruled to have hit the dirt (Zunino's homer in the fourth followed that end to the third immediately); Fontana's slow departure from the field after being thrown out elicited a reaction from the Jackets' coach, Danny Hall, that got him ejected; and Fontana kicked Georgia Tech catcher Zane Evans' mask late in the game.

All of that, taken together, could make for a contentious rematch between the two teams on Sunday at 6 p.m., when Florida will meet the winner of an elimination game between Tech and College of Charleston.

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