Five-run fifth lifts Florida over MSU

John Cohen

John Cohen

GAINESVILLE, Fla., – Top-ranked Florida put an end to Dakota Hudson‘s school-record streak of 34 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run in the fifth frame.

The Gators got to the Mississippi State ace scoring five runs on seven hits in the big inning and took Game 1 of the series 8-2 on Friday. It was the first Game 1 the fifth-ranked Bulldogs have lost in conference play.

“I thought Dakota had pretty good stuff tonight,” said MSU coach John Cohen. “I’m not sure you could stand at home plate at thrown balls into holes out on the field better than (Florida) did with their bats.

They didn’t hit balls hard in that inning but they just seemed to find holes.”

The five earned runs Hudson allowed equaled his previous total for the season and were the first he had allowed in SEC action. Hudson fell to 4-2 lasting only five innings and giving up five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Florida (29-3, 8-2 SEC) collected a dozen hits to win its 29th consecutive home game. Dalton Guthrie led the way going 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI. Nelson Maldonado went 2-for-4 while JJ Schwarz was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in and Jonathan India added an RBI double.

Logan Shore improved to 6-0 on the mound logging 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

MSU (21-9-1, 6-4) finished with 11 hits paced by Jake Mangum‘s 3-for-5 outing. Brent Rooker was 2-for-3, Ryan Gridley was 2-for-4 and Elih Marrero tripled.

The Diamond Dogs scored both of their runs in the top of the second on an RBI groundout by John Holland and a run scoring single by Gridley.

Game 2 is slated for 6 p.m. CT today with junior right-hander Austin Sexton (3-1, 2.98 ERA) on the mound for State and the Gators going with sophomore righty Alex Faedo (6-0, 2.53).

(From Staff Reports)

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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