Brady Singer was sensational in a complete game shutout of the No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies. The junior continued a torrid last month in his last six starts Singer has outdueled the best pitchers the SEC has to offer, to the tune of a 5-0 record, with 42 innings pitched, allowed 20 hits, has 47strikeouts, and a 1.71 ERA.
The game was much closer than the 9-0 final score would indicate. Texas A&M starter Mitchell Kilkenny gave up a run in the first but sat down 14 Gators in a row at one point before the Gators broke the game open in the sixth inning.
In the first inning the Gators gave Singer all he would need for the night with a run. Deacon Liput opened the game with a double and moved to third when Nelson Maldonado singled to second. Kilkenny got two quick outs but JJ Schwarz picked up a RBI with the first of his four hits on the night. Schwarz’s single plated Liput before Kilkenny could work out of the inning.
The middle innings flew by with Singer and Kilkenny trading zeroes. Singer hit two batters but carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning before Will Frizzell singled with a runner on. Cam Blake would single to load the bases but Singer got George Janca to fly out to Nick Horvath in center field to get out of the bases loaded jam.
With the score still 1-0 in the sixth inning Wil Dalton got the Gators going with a two-out single. JJ Schwarz tripled down the left field line to plate Dalton and chase Kilkenny from the game after 110 pitches. Austin Langworthy singled to plate Schwarz and scored when Blake Reese doubled to left center. Kennan Bell plated Reese with a single of his own to make the score 5-0 before A&M could work out of the frame.
Florida added a pair of runs in the eighth inning when Reese singled home Dalton and pinch hitter Brady Smith’s sacrifice fly scored Schwarz. Two more runs scored in he top of the ninth when Schwarz’ s fourth hit of the game, a double, scored Liput and Nelson Maldonado.
Singer went back out to the mound in the ninth inning. After allowing a leadoff single the junior struck out the next two and induced a weak groundout to shortstop to earn his first complete game of the season. Singer faced just three above the minimum in his most dominant start of the season.
FINAL: #Gators 9 Texas A&M 0
Brady Singer throws a complete game shutout. pic.twitter.com/s8dSG4vBoY
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) May 5, 2018
Florida will look for the series win, which would be the 18th consecutive weekend series win dating back to last season, on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET with Jackson Kowar on the mound.