By Tiger Rag News Service
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore right-hander Brady Singer fired a complete-game six-hitter Saturday to lead 11th-ranked Florida to an 8-1 win over No. 4 LSU at McKethan Stadium.
Florida improved to 16-8 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, while LSU dropped to 17-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
The series concludes at Noon CT Sunday in a contest that will be televised by the SEC Network. The game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network, and the broadcast can be heard at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Sunday’s game may also be viewed at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
Singer (3-1) threw 109 pitches in the victory, limiting LSU to one run on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
“Singer has one of the best fastballs in the country, and we couldn’t get anything going against him,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Florida always has great arms, and they’ve kept us from generating much offensively so far this weekend. We’ve got another opportunity tomorrow in an important ball game, so our focus shifts to trying to finish this weekend on a high note.”
LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche’ (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he surrendered four runs – three earned – on six hits in four innings with four walks and two strikeouts.
Florida’s 10-hit attack was paced by catcher Mike Rivera, who was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. Rightfielder Nelson Maldonado and shortstop Christian Hicks had two RBI apiece for the Gators.
The Gators took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Poche’ when first baseman JJ Schwarz reached on an error and later scored when Poche’ hit Hicks with a bases-loaded pitch.
Florida increased the advantage to 2-0 in the third when Maldonado delivered a two-out, RBI single.
LSU narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the fourth when leftfielder Antoine Duplantis doubled, moved to third on rightfielder Greg Deichmann’s groundout and scored on third baseman Josh Smith’s groundout to second base.
The Gators, however, answered with a run in the fourth when leftfielder Ryan Larson singled, moved to second on a groundout by centerfielder Nick Horvath, moved to third on designated hitter Dalton Guthrie’s groundout and scored on a wild pitch by Poche’.
Florida added a run in the fifth when Schwarz doubled and scored on a Maldonado double, and the Gators widened the margin to 5-1 in the seventh against reliever Austin Bain when Maldonado walked and scored on Rivera’s double.
The Gator scored three runs in the eighth against reliever Hunter Kiel on RBI singles by Schwarz and Rivera, and a run-scoring double by Hicks.