Yes, Jacksonville, Florida, Baseball is back in the River City
Every year Celebrate the Return of Baseball with the University of Florida and Florida State University at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Last night was amazing as the weather was PERFECT for baseball and a SOLD out crowd of over 9000 enjoyed the Florida Gators vs Florida State Seminoles. The Florida Gators Baseball team EXPLODED with a 4 Run First and clutch pitching limiting the Florida State Seminoles Baseball team to 1 run.
Mike Rivera entered Tuesday night’s game hitting just .234. The junior catcher had struggled at the plate all season but stepped up to the plate in the first inning with an opportunity to break the game open.
Rivera worked the count to 2-2 and got a changeup from Florida State starter Andrew Karp. Rivera waited back and hit the ball high to left field, carrying over the wall and into the waiting arms of a young fan to give Florida a 4-0 lead in the top of the first
Florida starter Garrett Milchin picked up the first win of his career in his first-ever start. The freshman stifled the Seminoles in front of the 8,924 fans at the Jacksonville Baseball Grounds in his 4.1 innings, allowing no earned runs, striking out one and walking three.
“I’ll be honest with you,” O’Sullivan said. “I think I made a mistake not pitching him more.”
Fellow freshman Nate Brown relieved Milchin, not lasting long after allowing Florida State’s only run of the game. It happened after FSU first baseman Quincy Nieporte grounded a ball just past the glove of diving third baseman Jonathan India and into left field. Nieporte chugged into second and waited for FSU right fielder Rhett Aplin to deliver.
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