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Gators capture 7-2 win over Volunteers

2338 days ago
Florida Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 1 Florida (39-7, 15-6 SEC) used a balanced offensive attack and another strong start from Logan Shore to beat Tennessee (24-22, 6-16 SEC) 7-2 on Friday night in Knoxville at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Shore extended his school record with a win in his 14th-straight decision.

Florida's offense got started early, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first. Dalton Guthrie led off with a walk and Schwarz lined a single to left to give the Gators a pair of runners on for Peter Alonso, who blasted a double off the right-center field wall. Guthrie scored easily on the play and Schwarz came home after the outfielder bobbled the ball.

In the third inning, Tennessee took advantage of a rare UF error to get a run back. Derek Lance led off with a single and advanced to second after an error allowed Nick Senzel to reach first. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, then Lance came home to score on an infield single from Vincent Jackson.

The Gators got the run back immediately, as Jonathan India led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to left field. It was India's second home run in the past four games and his third of the season.

Florida added a run in the fifth on a RBI single from Deacon Liput. Alonso, who reached on an error, scored the run. The following inning, Mike Rivera hit his seventh home run of the season to give the Gators a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Tyler Schultz hit a two-out double to the wall to score Jordan Rodgers from first and cut into the Gators lead.

It didn't take long for Florida to respond and extend its lead. Alonso singled for his second hit of the night, then Liput laid down a perfect bunt for an infield single to give the Gators a pair of runners with one out. India drew a walk to load the bases, then Rivera lined a single to right to bring home Alonso. Liput followed shortly after on a wild pitch to give Florida a 7-2 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Vols threatened after a double, walk and single loaded the bases with one out. Reliever Dane Dunning induced a grounder back to the mound from Jackson and Dunning started a rare 1-2-3 double play to escape the jam.

Dunning finished off Tennessee with three scoreless innings allowing just one hit while striking out four.

Shore finished the night allowing two runs (one earned) and seven hits in six innings of work. Florida has now won 17-consecutive games in which Shore has started.