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Gator Baseball takes 2 of 3 at Kentucky

The Gators took the first two games at Kentucky but couldn't complete the sweep Sunday. Florida (25-10, 10-5) lost the series finale 6-5, in part because starting pitcher Anthony DiSclafani (2-2) gave up six runs in 2.1 innings. The Gators charged back, including two runs in the 9th, but couldn't finish. UF's Steven Rodriguez came out of the bullpen for five scoreless innings, as he could enter his name in for a starting pitcher spot.

The rest of the weekend belonged to the Gator offense as the Gators cycled through their bullpen during Friday's 10-8 win and Saturday's 6-3 win. Saturday starting pitcher Hudson Randall only lasted three innings, leaving Greg Larson (2-1) to pick up the win. UF had three homers in the game from Austin Maddox, Preston Tucker and Mike Zunino (3). Maddox (12) and Tucker (6) also homered on Sunday.

Maddox hit his first homer of the weekend, a 3-run homer in the 7th inning of UF's 10-8 win Friday. The normally reliable Alex Panteliodis allowed five runs in 5.1 innings, putting the game in the offense's hands. UF was losing 3-0 through four innings, before scoring a 5 spot in the 5th. but UK tied it 6-6 at the end of six innings. Maddox's homer was followed by a solo shot by Matt den Dekker (6) to provide the difference.  Jeff Barfield (2-0) got the win and Kevin Chapman got a six out save (7).

The Gators play USF in Tampa on Wednesday and face West Division leaders Arkansas (31-6, 12-3) in a huge series starting Friday in Gainesville.