Gators Survive Questionable Call, Sting Yellow Jackets 6-2
The Florida Gator baseball team withstood a controversial decision in the bottom of the third inning, but used the momentum swing to their advantage in an emotional 6-2 victory over Georgia Tech in the NCAA Baseball Gainesville regional. With Yellow Jacket runners on second and third with two outs, Gator starting pitcher Hudson Randall appeared to strike out Jake Davies on a foul tip. But after Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall disputed the call, the umpires got together and reversed their decision, saying the ball hit the ground before Mike Zunino caught it, which only made it a foul ball and not the final out of the third inning. Randall got back on the bump, and a few pitches later struck out Davies for good, and the Gators grabbed hold of the game in the top of the fourth. Zunino hit his 17th home run of the season to break a 1-1 tie, and Florida went on to score two more in the frame to take a 4-1 lead. After Georgia Tech cut the lead to 4-2, Preston Tucker delivered a two-run bomb over the scoreboard in the top of the ninth to give the Gators a four-run cushion, and won by the final 6-2 margin. Georgia Tech and the College of Charleston meet in an elimination game on Sunday at 12pm. The winner of that game will face Florida at 6pm, and if the Gators win they will move on to host their fourth straight Super Regional.
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