UF Baseball: No. 15 Florida tops Auburn to Open Series, 4-2

Courtesy of University Athletic Association


Colby Halter’s 9th-inning RBI triple broke a 2-2 tie

No. 15 Florida baseball posted a 4-2 win at Auburn on Friday in the series opener at Plainsman Park. The Gators (27-11, 10-6 SEC) extended their winning streak to a season-best seven games, including five straight SEC victories.

Colby Halter’s ninth-inning RBI triple broke a 2-2 tie, and Franco Alemán had a strong start with five strikeouts in 5.0 shutout innings, matching his longest career outing.

Auburn (16-19, 2-14 SEC) had an early opportunity with two on and one out in the bottom of the third, but a Jacob Young outfield assist, followed by an Alemán strikeout, kept the Tigers off the board.

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Jud Fabian launched Florida into the lead in the top of the fourth, following a Kirby McMullen single with a moon shot to left field for his 13th home run of the season and a 2-0 Gators lead.

Alemán gave way to Christian Scott in the sixth after issuing a leadoff walk, and Scott kept the inherited runner from crossing. Auburn would tie the game, however, in the bottom of the seventh off a Ryan Bliss two-run home run.

Still tied in the ninth, Kendrick Calilao drew a leadoff walk and Brock Edge entered the game as a pinch-runner. Halter came through with a deep triple over the centerfielder’s head to drive Edge across, and Josh Rivera followed up with a base hit to drive Halter in for the insurance run.

Jack Leftwich worked a clean ninth to pick up his first save of the season and third of his career. Christian Scott struck out four in 3.0 innings with two runs allowed and earned the win.


  *   Florida had 10 hits, the team’s fifth straight game with double-digit hits.
  *   Fabian’s 13 home runs lead the team and rank No. 2 in the SEC.
  *   Young went 3-for-5 at the plate, his fourth game with three or more hits this season.


On getting the road win…
“Colby Halter’s triple to center field was a really big at-bat for us, and Josh’s (Rivera) at-bat to drive in the second run (of the ninth) was huge. We got a lot of contributions from a lot of different people tonight, and hopefully this road win will help us moving forward.”

On Jud Fabian…
“He’s been swinging the bat really well and seeing the ball as good as he’s been seeing it all year long. I kind of saw this about two weeks ago, he started really seeing the ball better.”

UP NEXT: Florida continues the series at Auburn with Saturday’s start tentatively pushed back to 7 p.m. ET due to rain, with a final determination on start time expected at 1 p.m. ET. The game will stream on SEC Network + and will be available on radio on WRUF 850 AM/98.1 FM in Gainesville, 1010XL in Jacksonville and on any mobile device via the TuneIn app (search for the “Florida Baseball” station).