Florida Gators’ bats explode to take series at Vandy

The Florida Gators have had a rough offensive start to the season but it seems the bats have woken up over the past week for the Gators.

In three of the past four games, the Gators have scored 10 or better runs, exploding for a season-high 20 runs in the series finale win 20-8 against Vanderbilt.

All 9 of the Gator starters had hits and 8 of the 9 had multiple hits.

The Gators got it going early with two first inning home runs; a solo shot by Dalton Guthrie(who would add another home run later), and Nelson Maldonado’s towering 3 run shot that inched over the 30-foot wall in left.

The top of the third inning featured 8 Gator runs on 7 hits. Hit after hit and the Gators just seemed to have found their groove at the plate.

The bottom of the third was also an adventure as starter Jackson Kowar allowed 5 runs and what seemed like left the door open for Vanderbilt.

That would not be the case, as it was not Kowar’s best day on the bump (5 IP, 10 H, 6 ER 2 BB) but he still earned the win.

JJ Schwarz finally broke out of his weekend long slump with a bat breaking (yes a metal bat breaking) 2 RBI single, and later hit a deep home run off the batters eye in center field.

The Gators pounded out 20 hits and 20 runs with Maldonado, Kolozsvary, and Schwarz each driving in 4 runs.

The Gators will welcome North Florida on Tuesday before facing off with South Carolina for a big SEC series this weekend and will look to keep these hot bats going.

 

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Matt graduated from high school from Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida where he won a State Championship in baseball. After two years of playing college baseball at Valdosta State University, he jumped at the chance to transfer and be accepted to his lifelong dream school, at the University of Florida where he is currently a Junior Business major. He is very passionate about all Gator sports with Football, Baseball and Basketball topping the list. Currently he serves as a practice player squad member for the Women's basketball team at UF. Favorite all time Gator is Danny Wuerffel.