TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Kyle Coleman surrendered five runs, two via the long ball, as the Florida A&M University offense could not get anything going in a 5-0 loss to top-ranked Florida on Wednesday night at Alfred A McKethan Stadium at Perry Field.
Florida A&M (4-6), which saw its three-game win streak snapped, finished with three hits stranded five runners. Meanwhile, Florida (13-0) remained undefeated to begin the season and pouned out nine hits, including five extra-base hits.
How It Happened
Florida pushed across a run in the bottom of the second as Jacob Young led off the frame with a double and came across to score on a two-out base hit to left by Josh Rivera.
Florida added another run in the third as Jud Fabian, who was robbed of a leadoff homer in the first inning by Seyjuan Lawrence, reached on an error and scored on a Jordan Butler double down the right field line, extended the Gators advantage to 2-0.
The Gators put the game out of reach with three runs in the fifth.
Nathan Hickey led off the frame with a towering homer of the scoreboard in right and Jordan Butler belted a two-run homer just inside the right field foul pole, chasing starter Kyle Coleman, as Florida pushed the margin to 5-0.
Inside the Numbers
- Florida A&M finished with three hits and left five on base
- Tristen Cooper, Brad Hession and Grant Rowell each recorded one hit
- Kyle Coleman (1-1) took the loss as he gave up five on eight hits and fanned six in 4.2 innings
- Zach Morea, Kelyn Fox, Morgan Mendez and Chandellor Benton worked in relief
- Florida finished with five runs on nine hits and left six on base
- Jordan Butler paced the Gators offense by going 2-for-4, with three RBIs and one run scored
- Austin Langworth also collected two hits and scored one run
- Tyler Nesbitt (1-0) earned the win as he surrendered just one hit, struck out eight and walked one in four innings
- Justin Alintoff, Brandon Sproat and Ryan Cabarcas pitched in relief
News and Notes
- Florida came into the game as the top-ranked team in the country
- The Gators own the all-time series lead 22-1
- Florida is off the best start in school history, surpassing the previous mark held in 1989 and 2002
- The Rattlers were seeking their second win in the series – the lone victory came in 2014
- Florida A&M is off to its best 10-game start since the 2018 season, ironically, starting the season 4-6