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No. 1 Gators drop series finale at No. 24 Hurricanes

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WHAT HAPPENED: Miami beat Florida 2-0 in the series finale on Sunday at Mark Light Field in Miami. The Gators claimed the series with wins on Friday and Saturday and are 7-1 on the season. The two teams battled through a pitching duel until the bottom of the fifth inning. Miami got back-to-back, two-out doubles from Willy Escala and Michael Burns put the Canes ahead 1-0 to break the stalemate. Florida threatened in both the sixth and seventh innings, but couldn't capitalize with two-out hits. Miami added a run in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI single from Burns.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Tyler Dyson - UF's starter set a new career high with eight strikeouts and had zero walks on Sunday. He also tied his career high with 6.0 innings pitched.

FROM THE COACH: Head coach Kevin O'Sullivan on Miami starter Evan McKendry: "Credit McKendry, he was really good today. He threw a lot of really good, quality off-speed pitches and located them down. We didn't quite make an adjustment. We had a tough time getting the leadoff man on and getting him to the stretch but we just weren't quite able to do that." On what you take from today's game: "These are lessons that we're going to learn from and move forward. The way Blake [Reese] has been swinging the bat, he got to a 2-0 count and took two fastballs to run the count to 2-2. He's been so aggressive in those situations the whole year and I'm sure if he gets that opportunity again with the tying run at the plate and an offensive count he'll probably be a little more aggressive. "These are things you learn from. You can talk about them and have intersquads, but until you're actually in those situations...they're learning points."

STANDOUT STAT: 7 - Florida's season-opening win streak ended at seven games. UF's win streak overall ends at 10 games dating back to last season.

UP NEXT: Florida has a pair of midweek games against North Florida on tap this week. On Tuesday night, the Ospreys will host UF in Jacksonville at 6 p.m. The Gators will host on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in Gainesville.