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No. 7 Florida hangs on to win 5-4

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators used their gloves to preserve a 5-4 win over Tennessee on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.

The Volunteers, attempting to sweep Florida for the first time in 16 years, battled back from a 5-0 deficit to trim the lead to 5-4 in the eighth inning.

With the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring in scoring position and no outs, Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan turned to reliever Michael Byrne to preserve the lead.

First, Byrne got help from shortstop Dalton Guthrie, who made a highlight-worthy over-the-shoulder sliding catch on Will Heflin's blooper toward shallow left-center. After Byrne struck out Max Bartlett, he speared a hard bouncing ball up the middle off Justin Ammons' bat and threw him out to end the inning.

Byrne closed out the Volunteers 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn the save.

The Gators lost a pair of one-run games to Tennessee in the first two games of the series.