GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 7-ranked Florida baseball team rallied from a 4-0 deficit and won their eighth consecutive game, topping Ole Miss, 7-4.
Ole Miss totaled four runs through the first four innings, scoring two on a 2-out double in the first, another on a sacrifice fly in the second, and another via a 2-out double in the fourth.
The Gators scored three runs in the fifth to pull themselves within striking distance. Mark Kolozsvary led off with a single, followed by a Ryan Larson single and a four-pitch walk by Dalton Guthrie. After a fielder's choice brought Kolozsvary across, and the Rebels dipped into their bullpen, JJ Schwarz drove in a pair with a double to left center, making it a 4-3 game.
The Gators moved the tying run to third base in the bottom of the sixth, but did not tie things up until the seventh.
Schwarz singled to center, and Nelson Maldonado walked on four pitches to move the tying run into scoring position. With two outs, Jonathan India, in his second game back from injury, laced a single off Rebels closer Dallas Woolfolk to knot the game at 4-4.
With two outs in the eighth, Guthrie singled and Austin Langworthy drew a walk to keep the inning alive for Schwarz. On the ninth pitch of his at bat, Schwarz delivered an opposite-field single to right, giving the Gators a 5-4 lead.
Following a Schwarz stolen base, Maldonado singled to center and plated a pair of insurance runs.
Schwarz finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs, three RBI, and a walk. Koloszvary also finished with three hits and a run, while India and Christian Hicks notched two hits apiece.
Starting pitcher Brady Singer dealt seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) while striking out six and walking two. Nick Horvath and Michael Byrne each threw a perfect inning of relief, with Byrne picking up his 12th save of the season.
Game three of the series begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday (May 7).
Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan
"Think Brady (Singer) just made a couple mistakes. Other than that he threw great. The line may not show that was the best game he's pitched all year, but, mentally, he kept us in the game. Didn't hang his head, stayed with it, and gave our offense a chance to creep back into it. That's a sign of maturity. I'm awfully proud of the way he pitched. (He) just gave us a chance. A lot of guys that aren't mentally tough ... they lose focus.