Ramjit's long ball, Florida's collective pitching give Gators series victory
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Freshman left-hander Danny Young and sophomore Johnny Magliozzi combined on a four-hit shutout as Florida (13-16, 4-5 SEC) claimed the rubber game of its weekend series with No. 12 Ole Miss (23-6, 4-5 SEC) 4-0 on Sunday at McKethan Stadium.
Making his first SEC start, Young (1-2) allowed one hit in 5.1 innings to pick up his first collegiate win. Magliozzi worked the final 3.2 innings to notch his fifth save. Senior Vickash Ramjit (2-for-4) belted a two-run homer as part of a three-run third inning for UF and sophomore Mike Fahrman was 2-for-3.
“We pitched well and Ole Miss has a great lineup,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “They’ve got older players in their lineup who have been around the league for two to four years. I don’t remember the last time we had back-to-back shutouts, so it’s pretty remarkable. We hung in there [Sunday] and Danny Young gave us a really good start, just giving up one hit over five and a third, and then [Johnny Magliozzi] came in and did his thing. We only walked two guys and our offense did just enough. [Vickash Ramjit] was the guy offensively, his home run put us up two more runs, and he did a really nice job. Overall, this is the kind of weekend we’ve been looking for and waiting for and I’m hoping this will be a nice jumpstart for us.”
“I was able to make good pitches, get groundouts and let my defense make plays,” Young said. “It’s huge having our offense able to put up runs and knowing as long as you put up zeros, we’re going to win the game.”
The Gators grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out wild pitch by Ole Miss sophomore Chris Ellis (1-2) that brought across sophomore Taylor Gushue. Ellis retired the first two batters before Gushue beat out a single to third base and went to second on a throwing error by senior Andrew Mistone. Sophomore Justin Shafer reached on a fielding error by junior Austin Anderson, with Gushue taking third on the play. Ellis’ first wild pitch of the year enabled Gushue to open the scoring and for Shafer to occupy second base. Sophomore Zack Powers drew a walk and a fielder’s choice by Ramjit forced Shafer at third for the final out.
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Florida loaded the bases with none out in the second inning but could not score a run. Sophomore Connor Mitchell drew a leadoff walk, Fahrman followed with his second double in as many games into left field and senior Cody Dent worked a walk. Ellis wiggled out of the jam by having sophomore Casey Turgeon line out to right field and freshman Harrison Bader grounded into an inning-ending 6-3 double play.
UF extended its lead to 4-0 in the third frame, highlighted by a two-run homer from Ramjit into the left field bleachers. Gushue started things off with a walk, went to third on a double into left field by Mitchell and scored on a throwing error by senior Tanner Mathis. After a sacrifice bunt by Powers advanced Shafer to third base, Ramjit deposited a 1-0 pitch from Ellis over the fence for his third homer of the year. Junior Aaron Greenwood replaced Ellis and induced a pair of groundouts to end the inning.
Young issued a leadoff walk to Mathis in the sixth and had Anderson fly out to left field before being replaced by Magliozzi. He induced back-to-back pop ups by sophomore Ausin Bousfield and junior Stuart Turner to keep the score at 4-0.
Greenwood had retired 10 consecutive Gators before Fahrman blooped a single into center field with two outs in the bottom of the frame. Dent followed with a base hit through the right side of the infield. Senior Tanner Bailey came in for Greenwood and had Turgeon ground out to complete the inning.
Junior Preston Overbey opened the eighth with a single up the middle but was erased at second base on a fielder’s choice by senior Tanner Mathis. Anderson hit a ground-rule double over the wall in right-center field to move Rebels onto second and third. Magliozzi got Bousfield to foul out and struck out Turner to preserve the shutout.