GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Alabama baseball recorded a season-high 18 hits to claim the 12-9 victory over fourth-ranked Florida in game one of Friday's doubleheader. With the win, Alabama improves to 14-10 overall and 4-3 in the SEC.
The Tide entered the seventh inning down 4-2, but six hits and seven runs later Alabama had a 9-4 lead. Florida would answer, scoring five over the final three frames of regulation to tie the game up and send it to extras. In the 10th inning, Alabama put together three consecutive hits to score the go-ahead run thanks to a J.C. Wilhite single to center, and then the Tide added two more tallies to move ahead 12-9.
In Game 2, No. 5 Florida used a five-run first inning and the first career complete game from sophomore right-hander Logan Shore (4-2) to collect an 8-1 victory over Alabama and forge a split of Friday's doubleheader at McKethan Stadium. Six different players turned in multiple-hit efforts for the Orange and Blue, while Shore also matched his career high of eight strikeouts.
After dropping an extra-inning affair in the opener, Florida used seven consecutive hits to grab a 5-0 lead in the first inning against UA junior right-hander Will Carter (1-3). Junior Richie Martin had a one-out single, stole second and moved to third on a base-hit by junior Harrison Bader before scoring on an infield single by senior Josh Tobias (2-for-5). After a base-hit into left field by sophomore Buddy Reed (2-for-5) loaded the bases, freshman JJ Schwarz (2-for-4, two runs) delivered a two-run double and freshmen Mike Rivera (2-for-4) and Jeremy Vasquez (2-for-4) followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
Alabama got on the board in the second on an RBI double by sophomore Will Haynie off of Shore that plated junior Kyle Overstreet (2-for-4), who had led off with a double into right center field. The Gators regained a five-run margin in the third on a two-out single by sophomore Ryan Larson (2-for-4) that drove in Schwarz, who had doubled down the left-field line for his second two-bagger of the night.
Reed roped a two-out RBI single into right field in the fourth stanza to bring home freshman Dalton Guthrie for a 7-1 cushion. With two runners aboard and one down, freshman Zac Rogers came in for Carter (3.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R). A fielder's choice by Tobias advanced Guthrie to third and Reed delivered his second hit of the contest to plate Guthrie. Vasquez launched his first career homer to right field with two down in the fifth inning to increase UF's lead to 8-1.
The Gators (22-6/4-4 SEC) and Crimson Tide (14-11/4-4 SEC) will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.