Gator Baseball Drops Game at Liberty University – ESPN 98.1 FM
The Florida Gator (1-1) baseball team lost to the Liberty Flames (1-1) Saturday night at McKethan Field, losing 6-4. The Flames would take the lead early and not give it up.
Costly Mistakes for Gators Pitching
Even though the final score was close, it could have been worse because Gator pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters in the game, but to their credit they worked out most of the jams they got into. found during the game. Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said they were “lucky” to only lose by two runs despite giving up those 11 free trips to first base. However, Florida pitchers also retired 11 batters on the night.
The Gators used a total of five pitchers on the night, including three freshmen. They started with second left Timmy Manning. He allowed four earned runs but went only three innings before being relieved by sophomore right-hander Brandon Sproat who went the next two innings. The rest of the night’s pitch came from freshmen. They would have intermittent moments, but, ultimately, they kept the Gators in the game.
The pitch may not have been at its best today, but junior outfielder Jud Fabian has confidence, especially for the freshmen.
Alligator bat fight
The Gator Bats struggled to get on base and make runs on the plate, as they only had six hits on the night. While there were positives at plate in this game for Florida, it was inconsistent. They managed to score in consecutive innings (third and fourth innings) once, and the Gators managed to even the score at 4-4 after four innings, but they did not score for the rest of the contest. Liberty’s pitchers seemed to hit their runs effectively when they needed to.
One of the bright spots came from Jud Fabian when he hit a deuce in the fourth inning with a double to right center. This double would tie the game at 4-4.
WE ARE 𝗧𝗜𝗘𝗗!!!
Two-point double for @judfabe.
— Florida Gators Baseball (@GatorsBB) February 19, 2022
Both O’Sullivan and Fabian cheered on the Liberty pitchers.
End of weekend
The Florida Gators will end the weekend hoping to win the series. They’ll be back Sunday for the series rubber game at 12 p.m. Florida will start left-handed rookie Pierce Coppola on the mound against the Flames.
Final of the second match.
— Florida Gators Baseball (@GatorsBB) February 20, 2022