STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sophomore Peter Alonso belted a pair of homers and drove in four runs as No. 6 Florida (31-10/12-6 SEC) downed Mississippi State (22-19/6-12 SEC) 10-5 on Sunday afternoon to finish off a Super Bulldog Weekend sweep at Dudy Noble Field.
With their sixth consecutive win in league play and first road sweep of the Bulldogs since 2002, the Gators have forged a three-way tie on top of the SEC East standings with No. 4 Vanderbilt (29-12) and No. 18 Missouri (26-14). After Mississippi State tied the game in the fifth, the Orange and Blue tallied four runs in the sixth to grab control of the game.
UF grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning against sophomore Austin Sexton (3-4) on a two-run single by seniorJosh Tobias. Freshman Dalton Guthrie and junior Richie Martin (2-for-5) had opened the game with consecutive singles and junior Harrison Bader was plunked to load the bases. Tobias drove in a pair of runs with a base-hit into right field and Sexton countered with three strikeouts in a row.
Alonso (4-for-5) extended Florida’s lead to 3-0 when he started the fourth inning with his first homer of the year to left field.
The Bulldogs pulled to within 3-2 in the bottom of the frame on a two-run shot by sophomore Gavin Collins. Freshman right-hander Alex Faedo had retired the first 10 hitters of the contest before yielding a one-out single to senior Jake Vickerson (2-for-3, two runs) and Collins followed with his first round-tripper of the year to left field.
MSU tied the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by freshman Ryan Gridley after freshman Brent Rooker (2-for-4) had led off with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a one-out single by senior Seth Heck, junior Danny Young took over for Faedo (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R) and gave up a single to sophomore Cody Brown and hit Vickerson to load the bases. Junior reliever Taylor Lewis (2-1) put out the fire by having Collins hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Florida answered with four runs on three hits in the sixth to seize a 7-3 advantage. Alonso connected on his second dinger of the day with sophomore Buddy Reed aboard for a 5-3 Gator advantage. It was his first multi-homer effort and ended the day for Sexton (5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R). Sophomore Logan Elliot hit freshman JJ Schwarzand surrendered a single to freshman Mike Rivera (2-for-4) to fill the sacks before being replaced by freshman Levi Mintz. The reliever walked Guthrie to bring across Schwarz and Martin greeted sophomore Dakota Hudson with an RBI grounder to score Rivera for a four-run lead.
In the seventh, Alonso ripped a double into the right-center gap to score Reed all the way from first base for an 8-3 cushion. The Bulldogs used a two-run double by senior Wes Rea with two down in the eighth to narrow the gap to 8-5 but Rivera bashed a two-run, two-out triple in the ninth to complete the scoring.