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Fabian helps No. 6 Florida sweep Yale

15 days ago
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WHAT HAPPENED: Florida edged Yale 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium to complete the weekend sweep of the Bulldogs.

Freshman Jud Fabian hit a pair of home runs and Jordan Butler had a two-run double to provide the Gators' scoring. Tyler Dyson and Hunter Ruth combined on the mound to limit the Bulldogs to three runs on seven hits.

Once again, the Gators took an early lead, scoring a pair of runs on a RBI double from Butler in the first inning. In the second, Fabian's first home run of the day made it 3-0.

Yale's Jake Gehri hit a solo home run to cut the deficit to two, but Fabian hit his second homer of the afternoon to extend the lead again.

The Bulldogs cut it to one again in the sixth inning on Gehri's second home run of the day that knocked Dyson from the game.

Aside from the two home runs, Dyson was solid on Sunday afternoon. He finished with 5.1 innings pitched and three runs allowed, all via homers.

Ruth relieved Dyson in the sixth and pitched the final 3.2 innings without allowing a run. He struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning for his first save.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Jud Fabian - The freshman from nearby Ocala went 2-3 with two home runs on the day. Through 18 games, Fabian leads the team with five home runs and ranks third with 12 RBI.

STANDOUT STAT

9 - After giving up a leadoff single to start the seventh inning, Hunter Ruth retired the next nine hitters to finish the game.

FROM THE COACH

Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan

On the pitching Sunday: "I think [Tyler Dyson] did fine. He got himself into a couple situations with two outs, nobody on and he ran into some deep counts. But all-in-all I think it was definitely a step in the right direction. "Then I think Hunter Ruth came in and did a great job. I had a little bit of a decision there whether to leave him in for the ninth or bring in Nolan [Crisp], but it was fairly obvious he was throwing the ball really well and we needed to extend his pitch count a little bit too."

On the offense: "Jud had the two big home runs and I thought Jordan Butler's first at bat was a really good one, he hit a line drive over the shortstop's head ... It was a very competitive game. Their infield defense was phenomenal all weekend. They were competitive, and the guy today, credit their starter, they fell behind three runs after two innings and he battled and battled and gave his team a chance to work their way back into it with two runs in the sixth. It was a good weekend for us."

UP NEXT

Florida hosts in-state rival Florida State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The game will air live on SEC Network and the Gators Sports Network.