GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With half of its allowed runs coming on two long balls to right field, Jacksonville University (26-18, 10-2 ASUN) dropped a 6-2 decision at #7 University of Florida (32-13, 13-8 SEC) on Wednesday.
Greg Shannahan shined in his third appearance and second start of the season, allowing just one run on two hits in three innings of work. He walked two batters and struck out one. Mark Potter relieved Shannahan to start the fourth, and with the exception of two homers by Florida's Christian Hicks, was largely effective in 3 and two thirds innings, allowing five hits while striking out one. Tyler Santana relieved Potter in the seventh and pitched an inning and a third of scoreless baseball, striking out three Gators.
#7 Florida struck first with two hits sandwiched around three flyouts in the bottom of the first, taking a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Nathan Koslowski led off the third inning with a walk, his second free bag of the day, and was joined by Scott Dubrule, Evan Fernandez, and Sam Armstrong, who were all walked. Armstrong's walk earned an RBI, tying the game at 1-1 with no outs. An RBI grounder by John Cassala in the next at-bat plated Dubrule, giving JU a 2-1 lead.
Hicks homered in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2, and he smacked a two-run long ball in the sixth to give Florida a 4-2 lead. The Gators drew two walks and used two RBI singles to score their final two runs of the game.