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Freshman Phenoms Help Florida Sweep FGCU

Freshman Taylor Gushue and Casey Turgeon powered the top-ranked Gators (15-1) to a sweep of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (6-8), 3-2. Gushue and Turgeon both homered to bring home all Florida's runs on a rainy, overcast day in Gainesville.

The real story of the day may have been the pitching, including FGCU's Jason Forjet. Forjet didn't allow a hit until 4 1/3 innings into the game, while the Eagle's pitching staff held the Gators to a season low four hits. Forjet (0-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out seven Gators, but took the loss. But Florida's combination of Jonathon Crawford, Daniel Gibson, and Austin Maddox shut down any offense FGCU had. Crawford pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three strikeouts. Gibson (1-0) really pitched well, going 2 1/3 innings while not allowing a hit and four strikeouts and picked up the win. And of course Austin Maddox closed out the game in order for his fifth save of the season on just six pitches, striking out one. Maddox has 21 strikeouts in only 14 1/3 innings pitched. Ridiculous.

The Gators came from behind for the win once again as Ryan Gebhart gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead on an RBI single in the third. Florida struck back in the fifth when Turgeon hit a two-run blast, scoring Gushue, to put the Gators ahead 2-1.

Andrew Valencia knotted up the game at twos with a RBI double in the sixth that chased Crawford from the game. That was all the offense FGCU could muster up on Sunday as Gibson and Maddox shut down the Eagles from there.

Gushue had the go ahead home run in the bottom of seventh. It was Gushue's fourth of the season. Florida has 25 homers in just 16 games this season.

The win marked UF's 13th in a row, one shy of the school record. Their 15-1 record is the Gators best start since 1952. Florida can tie the school record Tuesday when they host No. 8 Florida State (14-1) at 7 p.m. It could prove to be a tough task, but tying the school record in consecutive wins couldn't come against a better opponent.