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Gainesville Regional, Game 2: Seven Run Inning the Difference as Gators Take Control

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Sam Gaviglio picked up two outs on a double play in the third inning, but Florida would manage to string five consecutive hits together and never looked back. (Photo by <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/users/sangdorange">sangdorange</a>)
Sam Gaviglio picked up two outs on a double play in the third inning, but Florida would manage to string five consecutive hits together and never looked back. (Photo by sangdorange)

Gainesville Regional // Game 2

Final Score: Florida 10, Oregon State 2

The seven runs that Florida scored in the third inning were the reason they won Saturday's game. But the leadoff home run by UF's Nolan Fontana wasn't exactly a good sign for OSU starter Sam Gaviglio, who couldn't pick up the success he found a week ago against Arizona. 

Whether Gaviglio's struggles to limit the Florida offense were a direct result of his inability to command the strike zone and hit his spots is uncertain, but what is certain is that the Beavers will now need to win two games on Sunday. 

The bright spot of the game was the long relief stint by Dylan Jones, who ended up pitching 5 2/3 innings, by far his longest outing of the year. Jones' ability to nearly finish the game preserved the remaining arms in the bullpen, which the Beavers will likely have to tap into tomorrow as they look to win two games. 

The Beaver offense recorded seven hits on the night, but had troubles stringing any of them together. 

Travis Anderson hit a line drive off the glove of Florida third baseman Austin Maddox in the fourth inning that was graciously scored a double, and after moving to third on a wild pitch, scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Susac. That cut the Florida lead to 8-1, but Florida would immediately answer with a home run from Matt den Decker in the fifth inning. 

Andy Quiring hit his second home run of the season in the fifth inning, bringing the score to 9-2, which it would stay until the Gators tacked on an extra run in the top of the ninth. 

For the Beavers, the Gainesville Regional is shaping up to be eerily similar to their trip to Forth Worth last year. After defeating Texas A&M in the series opener, the Beavers were defeated 13-1 by TCU in a game in which nothing went their way. They were able to win the Sunday morning rematch with Texas A&M, but fell short of defeating TCU in the Sunday night game. 

Oregon State now needs to get by Florida Atlantic again, then find a way to curtail the hot bats of the Florida Gators tomorrow night. Then, if they can accomplish that feat, they'll have to face the Gators on Monday night for all the marbles. 

Gainesville Regional Bracket

--Jake | (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)