Five Florida pitchers combined for a three-hitter, silencing Miami’s big bats and sending the No. 6 Gators (6-1) to a 2-1 win over the No. 8 Hurricanes (5-3) at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville.
UF continued its recent history as Miami’s nemesis, clinching its fifth series win since 2010 and winning 19 of the past 24 overall.
“Our pitching was great [Sunday], and I thought we had good at-bats against a really good Miami team,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said.
“Miami is a good team. They’re an Omaha-caliber type team. They battled us tooth and nail. It was two one-run games that could’ve went either way, and they flat-out just beat us [Saturday] night. It was a good test for our team.”
In a pitchers’ duel, UF sophomore Dane Dunning earned the win, tossing five effectively wild no-hit innings. The righty struck out four, hit a batter and surrendered the Hurricanes’ lone run on a wild pitch.
Dunning’s breaking ball was sharp, but his command was all over the place, walking the bases loaded in the second inning.
Still, the Hurricanes failed to capitalize on Dunning’s wildness, never getting another runner past second base the rest of the game.
Miami didn’t record a hit until the seventh, when junior shortstop Brandon Lopez broke up Florida’s combined no-hit bid with a two-out single.
Meanwhile, Enrique Sosa took the loss, but Miami’s junior right-hander hurled six solid innings. Sosa scattered seven hits and two runs, walking a pair and striking out three.
Gators center fielder Buddy Reed, Friday’s walk-off hero, tied the score at 1-1 with an RBI single in the third. An inning later, UF junior Harrison Bader launched a solo homer over the left-field bleachers for the go-ahead run.