Florida beats error-prone Miami
Four Hurricane errors lead to walk-off win for Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nolan Fontana's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Florida a 5-4 victory against rival Miami in the Gainesville Regional on Saturday.
Fontana lined Daniel Miranda's 1-1 pitch into left field, scoring Daniel Pigott from third and putting the Gators (47-16) in command in the double-elimination regional.
Miami (37-22), which has now lost seven in a row against Florida, will play Jacksonville in an elimination game Sunday. The Hurricanes can only hope for better defense in that one. The Canes committed four errors -- all of them leading to runs for Florida.
Miami committed nine errors in two games in a super regional in Gainesville last year.
The last one Saturday was the most costly. Pigott reached when Stephen Perez booted a grounder. Pigott moved to second on a balk and to third on a walk, setting up Fontana's winner.