By From scool reports
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jonathon Crawford threw a complete game shutout and Florida’s offense capitalized on some oppotunities to defeat No. 11 Ole Miss 7-0 on Saturday.
The series concludes at noon today.
Mike Mayers (2-3) took the loss for the Rebels, allowing six runs – four of them earned – on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout through 51⁄3 innings of work as the Gators took advantage of infield hits to build the early lead before tacking on four more runs late.
Crawford (1-4)held the Rebels to two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
“That was definitely the best outing of the season for Crawford tonight,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We had a couple of opportunities when the game was still intact and if we could have gotten the big hit then we could have put some pressure on him, but he was too good.
“We have to come back out (today) and play with more energy,” Bianco said. “That’s what it’s all about in this league is your ability to bounce back. We’ve done it before this season, but we have to do it again and come out with the chance to win the series on Sunday.”
Florida (12-16, 3-5 SEC) struck first, putting together a rally on a pair of tough plays for the Rebels (23-5, 4-4) as Justin Shafer golfed a high chopper that died between the mound and third to lead off the inning for the first base hit. Vikash Ramjit then popped up a bunt with one out that came out of Mayers’ glove when he hit the ground after diving to make the catch, putting two men on base. Connor Mitchell then singled through the right side to bring a run home and put Florida on the board.
Mike Fahrman then snuck a two-RBI double down the first base line just past a lunging Orvis to push the Florida lead out to 3-0 before the Rebels would get out of the inning.
The Rebels threatened in the fourth inning, getting the two leadoff men on base before a double play and a strikeout squelched the rally attempt.
Ole Miss had another chance to cut into the lead in the sixth inning, loading the bases with two outs on a walk of Mathis, a single from Auston Bousfield and a walk of Austin Anderson. The Gators’ starter responded with a big full count pitch and struck out the Rebels’ cleanup hitter to end the threat, however, and maintain the 3-0 lead heading to the bottom of the inning.
Florida’s Harrison Bader homered to lead off the fourth and put the Gators up 4-0.