Jacksonville Sports Day

Florida Gators Defeat Florida State 3-2 on Walk-Off HR

GAINESVILLE – Kendrick Calilao launched a walk-off home run to left field in the bottom of the 10th to lift Florida to a 3-2 extra-inning win vs. No. 24 Florida State Tuesday evening at Florida Ballpark at Alfred A. McKethan Field.

“It’s one of those things. Kenny is a really good teammate. He continues to work hard and given the opportunity, he took advantage of it tonight. Like I said, good things happen to good people and he’s certainly put himself in a position to be successful tonight with all of the work that he’s been doing prior to tonight. I’m really, really, really happy for him. He deserved a moment like that,” said UF coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

It marked UF’s 12th victory in its last 14 games against the Seminoles, and the 18th-ranked Gators (22-11, 6-6 SEC) improved to 20-5 in their new home stadium.

FSU’s Robby Martin was 3-for-4 with an RBI double, accounting for all three of FSU’s hits. Martin’s RBI in the fourth inning was the 100th of his career.

The teams combined for just seven hits Tuesday, with 25 total strikeouts.

Florida pitchers Garrett Milchin and Jack Leftwich combined to allow just three hits over 10 innings.

Milchin turned in his longest career outing, as the redshirt junior went 6.0 innings with a personal-best five strikeouts, allowing three hits and two runs. Leftwich retired 12 of 13 batters he faced in relief, including the first nine in a row, and rung up seven strikeouts in four no-hit innings.

Florida took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a pair of errors from Seminole infielders. Vince Smith bobbled a ball at second base, followed by Logan Lacey overthrowing a ball to first base that gave Florida two runners in scoring position with no outs. Lacey’s error was his first in 50 chances as a Seminole.

Sterlin Thompson and Jud Fabian both scored on sacrifice flies for the early Gator lead.

The Seminoles tied things up in the fourth inning. Lacey walked on four pitches to open the inning, followed by Martin’s RBI double to right field. Martin took third base on a throwing error and scored on Wyatt Crowell’s sacrifice fly.

Florida State starting pitcher Carson Montgomery was continually tasked with working out of trouble, as FSU committed four errors behind the freshman pitcher. In the third, Florida got a runner to third base, but Montgomery struck out two batters and forced a fly out to keep the score tied.

In the fifth inning, Jack Anderson relieved Montgomery after FSU’s fourth error and a hit batter. Anderson struck out both batters he faced to get the Seminoles back in the dugout.

Anderson struck out four of the six batters he faced, leaving after FSU’s fifth error of the game gave Florida a runner at second with one out. Jonah Scolaro made his 16th appearance of the season and forced a fly out and struck out pinch hitter Kendrick Calilao to end the seventh.

Chase Haney pitched a perfect ninth inning and Clayton Kwiatkowski (1-2) retired the first two batters of the 10th before Calilao hit his first home run of the season to end the game.

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