Baseball opens series against Lions with strong win

Graham Hall Correspondent
Saturday, March 04, 2017 11:05 PM

The Gators didn't need a perfect outing from Alex Faedo.

But Florida's ace was close to flawless, giving up just two hits while striking out nine batters on 79 pitches, as UF cruised to a 7-0 series-opening win over Columbia University on Friday night at McKethan Stadium.

“I felt really good. I just tried to throw the ball down and let the defense work and get out of the game pretty quick,” Faedo said. “I thought it was a good team win.”

After giving up a double in the first inning, Faedo began to dominate. The Tampa native would give up just one more hit, a single, while Florida's bats took care of the rest.

Freshman Austin Langworthy scored what would be the winning run in the first inning. The former Williston High standout liked what he saw and subsequently blasted the second home run of his collegiate career to right field.

“He threw me a fastball in, and I didn't miss it,” said Langworthy, who couldn't help but watch as the ball sailed over the fence. “I got caught up in the moment a little bit, but that's a part of the game. It was fun, it's fun when you hit balls like that.”

A ground-rule double from catcher Mike Rivera scored Jonathan India, giving the Gators (8-2) their first of three runs in the third inning.

Runs from both Langworthy and India in the fourth inning concluded the scoring prematurely, which didn't sit well with UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan.

“I thought the first four innings were pretty good,” O'Sullivan said. “I don't know if we had a hit after the fifth inning, which is a little disappointing.”

Freshman Garrett Milchin entered the game for Faedo in the eighth inning, striking out one while giving up a lone hit.

Brady Singer (2-0, 0.71 ERA) will look to secure the win and clinch the series for Florida when the Gators host the Lions (0-1) today at 4 p.m.

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