Sunday walk-off gives Florida baseball first weekend sweep of season
Florida baseball got off to a rough start, dropping its opening-weekend series 2-1 to in-state rival Miami. Kevin O’Sullivan’s Gators have bounced back strong in the five games that have followed the rubber game loss to the Hurricanes.
Jacob Young was Sunday’s hero as UF walked it off to win 10-9 over Samford, sweeping the weekend series. The game was not on TV or available to stream, but Nick de la Torre of Rivals’ Gator Territory shared the game-winning play on Twitter. Young’s single to left-center field brought home Jordan Rivera.
Jacob Young called game pic.twitter.com/ai1CVuQw17
— Nick de la Torre (@delatorre) February 28, 2021
Sunday’s Game 3 was a seesaw battle. Samford jumped out to a 2-0 in the top of the first before Florida answered with a three-run bottom half of the inning. The Gators added to their lead tacking on three more runs over the second and third innings, making it 6-3. The Bulldogs fought back, though, adding one run in the fifth and five more in the sixth inning to take an 8-6 lead. UF scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to retake the lead 9-8 needing only three outs to secure the victory. Samford’s Sonny DiChiara, however, had other plans and hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to tie it 9-9, forcing the Gators to have to bat in the bottom half of the inning and ultimately walk it off.
It is the fifth win in a row for Florida. During the week, the Gators won games over North Florida in Jacksonville (9-6) and Gainesville (8-3). UF made it three in a row with Friday’s 8-4 win over Samford and four in a row with Saturday’s 18-2 series-clinching victory,