JJ Schwarz belts school-record four homers in No. 10 Florida's 22-2 win
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Freshman JJ Schwarz became the first Gator in school history with four homers in a game and freshman Dalton Guthrie notched the first two round-trippers of his career as No. 10 Florida (25-9) cruised to a 22-2 victory against Stetson (18-16) by scoring in every inning on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium.
Schwarz (5-for-6) totaled a career-high 10 RBI with a two-run homer in the second inning, a two-run blast in the third inning, a three-run jack in the fourth, a solo big fly in the seventh and a two-run double in the eighth.
Guthrie (2-for-7, three runs) led off the Gators’ first inning with a homer into the left field bleachers, the first of his career and the first Gator leadoff dinger since Casey Turgeon went yard on March 5, 2013, at Jacksonville.
Stetson countered with a pair of runs in the second frame against lefthander Danny Young to seize a 2-1 advantage. John Fussell legged out an infield hit and Jack Machonis (2-for-3) doubled into left field before Will Mackenzie tied the game with an RBI ground out. Alex Faedo (2-1) replaced Young and uncorked a wild pitch that brought across Machonis.
The Gators erupted for five runs on five hits in the home part of the inning to grab a 6-2 lead. With Buddy Reed (3-for-5, four runs) at second base after a fielder’s choice and a throwing error, Schwarz smacked his sixth homer high over the left field bleachers. A single by Mike Rivera and a walk to Ryan Larson ended the night for starter Adam Schaly (3-for-3). A wild pitch from Josh Thorne pushed both runners over and Richie Martin gave Florida a three-run lead with a two-run double down the left field line. Harrison Bader (3-for-5, four RBI) followed with a ground-rule double over the wall in center field to plate Martin.
After a 59-minute weather delay, Reed walked to start the Gator third and Schwarz cranked his second homer of the night to left field for an 8-2 score.
Schwarz increased UF’s lead to 11-2 in the fourth with a three-run blast to left field, becoming the first Gator with three homers in an outing since Tyler Thompson accomplished the feat against Florida Atlantic on June 6, 2010. Josh Tobias (2-for-4) had reached on a fielder’s choice and had taken third base on a hit-and-run single through the left side by Reed before Schwarz went deep in his third consecutive at bat. Preston Tucker had been the most recent UF player to homer in three consecutive at-bats when he did it against UCF on April 8, 2009.