Florida starting pitcher Brady Singer (51) throws during the second game of the weekend series against Miami at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville Saturday Feb. 25, 2017. The Gators beat the Hurricanes 2-0 to get the win in the series. Brad McClenny/Staff Photographer
Florida sophomore righty Brady Singer had a rare off night, at least by his high standards.
Who: No. 24 South Carolina (24-15, 9-8 SEC) vs. No. 12 Florida (26-13, 9-8)
When: 12 p.m.
Where: McKethan Stadium
Radio: AM-850, 98.1-FM
Pitching matchup: USC Righty Adam Hill (2-3, 2.14 ERA) vs. UF RHP Jackson Kowar (6-0, 3.51 ERA)
With some chances to get back in the game late Friday, the Gator bats were unable to pick Singer up, as UF fell 4-2 to South Carolina before 4,384 at McKethan Stadium.
Trailing 4-1, No. 12 Florida (26-13, 9-8) loaded the bases with none out in the eighth inning on a Keenan Bell single, Mark Kolozsvary double and Deacon Liput walk. But junior shortstop Dalton Guthrie popped out to shortstop, freshman center fielder Austin Langworthy struck out and left fielder Ryan Larson flied out to the warning track in left-center field to end the inning.
“It was one of those nights where the ball wasn’t carrying and we probably needed to shorten our swings a little bit, and try to hit line drives instead of trying to hit the ball over the outfielders’ heads,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We’ve just got to do a better job in those situations and not try to do too much.”
In the ninth, Florida was able to push across a run when Nelson Maldonado walked, moved to third on a single by JJ Schwarz and scored on a balk. But South Carolina closer Tyler Johnson retired UF’s next three batters to pick up his sixth save of the season. The Gators have scored just five runs in their last three games after scoring 20 in one game last Saturday.
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