In Game 2 of their three game series against the Maryland Terrapins, the #21 Gators lost by a score of 9-7. Freshman Brett Morales made his first ever collegiate start in today's game. It did not go as well as he probably expected as he gave up five earned runs and pitched only 3 and 1/3 innings. Morales's shaky start forced the Gators to use a total of six pitchers on the day. All but one Gator reliever gave up a run in his appearance.
The Gator offense was quiet for most of the day until their bats finally came alive for seven runs in the late innings of the game. However, their attempt at a comeback fell just short as the bullpen gave up three more runs in the final three innings. My offensive standouts for today's game are freshman Buddy Reed and junior Taylor Gushue. Reed notched the first two RBI's of his Gator career today and Gushue had another two hit game. What I noticed today was all the missed opportunities that the Gators had with runners on base. A total of eight Gators were stranded on base today.
Today was just not the Gators day as they went down early and could not stop Maryland from scoring. By the time the Gator bats caught fire, the deficit had become too great to overcome. The Gators will look to bounce back and take the series tomorrow as they give the ball to redshirt junior Karsten Whitson (0-0) in the rubber game.
*Stats accredited to Gatorzone.com