Florida baseball entered its weekend series at Ole Miss with no greater worries than the mild concern that Karsten Whitson is still not available to pitch for the Gators. Tyler Thompson's injury has been dealt with in parts, and Josh Tobias' injury will be dealt with. Things seemed good.
And then Ole Miss roughed up Florida ace Hudson Randall in the first inning and limited the powerful Gators offense to three hits in a 3-0 victory, handing Florida's nine its first shutout loss of the 2012 season.
Randall conceded all three runs on the night in the first inning, with Alex Yarbrough slapping an RBI single and Matt Snyder smacking a two-run homer in the inning. Randall would settle, giving up no more runs in his six full innings, but he allowed a hit in every inning but the sixth.
Meanwhile, Florida's bats could do nothing to prop him up. Mike Zunino and Vickash Ramjit rapped leadoff singles in the second and third innings, respectively, but the Gators wouldn't get their third hit of the night until Daniel Pigott led off the ninth with a triple on a shot to right that evaded Mississippi's Tanner Mathis. But the heart of Florida's order couldn't get him home: Preston Tucker struck out, Zunino hit a shallow fly, and Brian Johnson grounded to short for the game's final out.
The loss was No. 1 Florida's third of the season; all of them have come to ranked teams. Johnson will take the mound for the second game of the three-game set, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The radio broadcast will be available on the Gator Radio Network.