GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The formula for victory for Florida’s baseball team on Saturday was as easy as 1-2-3.
The 20th-ranked Gators (26-13, 10-7 SEC) scored once in the first inning, twice in the second and three times in the third – with five of those runs unearned – on the way to an 8-4 victory against the No. 16 Rebels.
The teams face a decisive Game 3 today at 11:30 a.m.
Four early errors by the Rebels (27-11, 10-7) opened the floodgates.
“You have to give credit to Florida, they came out aggressive today,” said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco, whose team is 2-3 in Saturday SEC games. “It was a tough day at the ballpark. We didn’t play plays today when we had the opportunities early. We have to put it behind us. We have one more game left against a good Florida team who is tough at home.”
Phillip Irwin (5-3) suffered the loss for the Rebels as he allowed seven runs – two earned – on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Third baseman Zach Miller went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning for Ole Miss. Shortstop Mike Mooney went 3-for-4 with an RBi and two runs for the Gators, who out-hit the Rebels 11-8.