NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Vanderbilt evened the series with a 2-0 win over Florida in a classic pitcher's duel on Friday night at Hawkins Field in Nashville.
Vanderbilt (22-14, 7-7 SEC) mustered two runs off Gators starter Brady Singer in eight innings. Florida (23-12, 7-7 SEC) managed just three hits against the Commodores' Kyle Wright, who had a career-high 13 strikeouts in the complete game shutout.
Vanderbilt scratched a run across in the fifth inning to open the scoring. Jason Delay led off with a double and moved to third on Ethan Paul's single to center field.
With one out and a 1-2 count, shortstop Connor Kaiser laid down a squeeze bunt and Delay scored from third for a 1-0 lead.
The Commodores loaded the bases in the seventh with three straight singles to start the inning. Jeren Kendall made it 2-0 with a sac fly to center but Singer limited the damage and escaped the seventh.
Singer struck out eight batters and allowed 10 hits on the night, working out of several jams to limit the Commodores to two runs in eight innings.
The Gators had just one baserunner in scoring position on the night and only three total reached base. Austin Langworthy, Mark Kolozsvary and Nelson Maldonado had UF's three hits in the game, all singles.
The series finale against the Commodores is Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan "I just got done talking to the team and I think that was the best pitched game, by both sides, I think I've seen in 10 years. The way both guys, I don't want to overstate this, but the way both guys threw they probably could have pitched in the big leagues if they could have handled that type of an atmosphere. It was incredible.
"Brady gave up two runs, the first one was a two-strike squeeze. He pitched out of a couple jams and made some big, big pitches. Threw 101 pitches and 75 strikes, 26 balls - that's incredible. He just ran across a guy that had been struggling a bit this year ... tonight he throws 99 pitches, 73 strikes, I don't remember him missing a spot. He hung one breaking ball to Nelly, who got a hit in the six hole on a line drive and hung one to Mark there in the ninth. Give credit where credit's due. He threw great. I don't want to take anything away from Brady, it's just one of those nights. Just a remarkable night on the mound for both pitchers."
On the takeaway from tonight: "I did not want our guys to hang our heads. We've been playing good. We won Tuesday night at Florida State, won last night with five runs in the ninth. We just ran across a really good pitcher. I'm really, really proud of the way Brady matched Kyle Wright pitch for pitch. You know what, we can come back tomorrow and win the series."