Recapping MSU’s 7-3 win over Florida at Dudy Noble Field on Friday night.
• The buzz: MSU (25-8, 4-6 SEC) got a quality start from Luis Pollorena, a big third inning offensively, and stellar defense to take the first game of an important series.
• Big inning: MSU scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. UF helped the cause with two errors and a passed ball. Brett Pirtle tied it with a double down the left field line, then gave MSU the lead by scoring from third on the passed ball. Sam Frost had a sac fly RBI in the frame.
• Key stats: Florida (14-17, 4-6) committed two errors, leading to three unearned runs. … MSU committed no errors, and in fact made several impressive fielding plays, including an outfield assist by Hunter Renfroe. … MSU stranded 12 runners, Florida six.
• Florida at the plate: The Gators had eight hits. … Taylor Gushue stroked three doubles and drove in two runs. His first double gave UF a 1-0 lead in the first inning. … Florida was 2 of 10 with runners in scoring position.
• MSU at the plate: The Bulldogs had 10 hits. … MSU’s 3-4-5 hitters – Renfroe, Pirtle and Wes Rea – had two hits apiece. That offset Adam Frazier and C.T. Bradford going a combined 0 of 9. … Renfroe’s 10th home run of the year, a solo shot in the sixth, made it 6-2 MSU. … Catcher Mitch Slauter, who had missed the last five games because of a throat issue, started and had two hits.
• Florida on the mound: Starter Jonathon Crawford (1-5) struggled with his control, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits, striking out four and walking five. … Parker Danciu allowed two runs on two hits in two innings. … Mike Vinson tossed two shutout innings.
• MSU on the mound: After allowing a run and walking two during a shaky first inning, Pollorena (5-1) settled in. In six innings, he allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks, on 79 pitches. He retired 10 of 11 batters during one stretch. … Ross Mitchell went just one inning, allowing one run on two hits. … Jonathan Holder relieved Mitchell in the eighth and got the final six outs, four of them strikeouts, for his ninth save.
• Quotable: “He was pitching well, and then I got a hit, and then Wes got a hit, and it all broke open. It kind of shut his confidence down a little bit, and he started trying to do too much against us, and we had some walks.” – Pirtle, on Crawford
• Bottom line: MSU needed this sort of game badly, where everything was clicking. Players believe the third inning signified a step forward offensively, and they feel good now about winning the series Saturday with Kendall Graveman taking the mound.