UF baseball team claims series opener over Texas A&M, 6-5

Gators extend win streak to six behind three homers
Florida catcher Luke Heyman (28) bats during an NCAA baseball game against Florida State on...
Florida catcher Luke Heyman (28) bats during an NCAA baseball game against Florida State on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)(Gary McCullough | AP)
Published: May. 5, 2023 at 10:17 PM EDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas. (WCJB) -A Gator baseball team that has thrived via the long ball all season did so again on Friday. No. 4 Florida unloaded three home runs in a 6-5 series-opening win over Texas A&M in College Station. BT Riopelle went deep twice, while freshman Cade Kurland went opposite field for the go-ahead homer in the seventh as Florida (37-10, 15-7 SEC) won its sixth in a row.

Riopelle had his first multi-homer game of the season and owns nine home runs on the season. His two-run blast opened the scoring in the top of the second, and his solo shot in the sixth restored a Gator lead after the Aggies tied it with four runs in the fourth and fifth.

With the game tied again at 5-5 in the seventh, Kurland hit his 14th homer of the season, the most ever by a Gator second baseman, to give Florida its final lead of the night.

Wyatt Langford went 2-for-3 with a double, while Jac Caglianone was 0-for-4 but did drive in a run on a groundout.

UF starter Brandon Sproat lasted five and a third innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits. Ryan Slater (7-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen as four Florida relievers combined to blank the Aggies over the final three and two thirds innings.

Florida and Texas A&M play the middle game of their series Saturday at 6 p.m.

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