AUBURN, Ala.-Auburn won a pitching duel on Saturday afternoon, taking the series with a 2-1 win over Florida at Plainsman Park.
Both starting pitchers held the offenses in check and completed seven innings on the mound. Florida's Brady Singer allowed five hits and two runs while Auburn's Casey Mize surrendered one run on five UF hits.
Auburn opened the scoring in the third despite not recording a hit. Leadoff hitter Jonah Todd reached on a four-pitch walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a balk moved the runner to third with no outs, Singer battled back to get the next two batters.
Another balk call from the home plate umpire scored Todd from third for a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers made it 2-0 in the fourth with back-to-back doubles from Jay Estes and Luke Jarvis.
In the fifth, Florida loaded the bases with three-straight singles to start the inning but the Gators could not capitalize and Auburn escaped the jam unscathed.
The Gators finally got on the board in the seventh. Nelson Maldonado doubled to lead off the inning and UF loaded the bases with one out after a walk and a catcher's interference call. A sharply hit ball by Deacon Liput led to a double play, but Maldonado came in to score before the second out was recorded.
Andrew Baker worked one scoreless inning in relief on the mound for Florida with a pair of strikeouts.
Offensively, the trio of Maldonado, Christian Hicks and Ryan Larson, hitting 5-6-7 spots in the order, combined for all five of UF's hits on the afternoon. Maldonado and Hicks had two hits apiece.
Sunday's finale is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET at Plainsman Park. The game will air live on SEC Network+ and on the Gators IMG Sports Network.