Jacksonville Sports Day

Faedo Dominant in Florida’s 1-0 Win over No. 17 Miami

PHOTOS BY Aaron Albright/UF

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Florida starting pitcher Alex Faedo had a dominating performance on Friday night to lead the Gators to a 1-0 victory over No. 17 Miami in the series opener at McKethan Stadium.

It was the 400th win of head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s career. He became the fastest coach in program history to reach 400 wins.

“All the credit really goes to our staff and the players that we recruit. We’ve had some really good players come through the program. The players, they’re the ones that win the game. Me, Brad and Craig have been together since day one. Ann Hughes, our academic advisor, has been here since day one,” noted O’Sullivan. I’ve known Buddy Munroe, our baseball ops person, since 2005 when I recruited him at Clemson. We’ve only been through a couple strength coaches, a couple trainers, so we’ve had a lot of continuity. But once again, all the credit goes to the players. They’re the ones that play the game and put in all the hard work. 401 will be a little sweeter.”

Faedo worked into the ninth inning and recorded two outs before an error allowed a Canes base runner to reach first. Senior Frank Rubio entered and picked up the final out for the save.

Photo by Aaron Albright/UF

Faedo finished the night pitching 8.2 scoreless innings, extending his scoreless streak against Miami to 15 innings dating back to last season. In his career, Faedo has pitched 21.1 innings against Miami in four appearances with just one earned run allowed.

“He pitched great. I did expect him to be better [than last week]. His bullpen [session] was really good. He was focused, and I could tell as the weekend got closer he was focused and he was prepared. He spent a lot of time watching video and he was prepared. He worked awfully hard this week,” O’Sullivan said.

Florida scored the lone run of the game in the third inning. Dalton Guthrie drew a one-out walk then advanced to third on a single by Austin Langworthy.

Jonathan India picked up his team-leading sixth RBI of the season to give the Gators a 1-0 lead, which proved to be enough with Faedo on the mound.

Photo by Aaron Albright./UF

Photo by Aaron Albright. /UF

Guthrie extended his hitting streak to five games with a single in the fifth inning while Christian Hicks had a pair of hits on the night.

Miami starter Jesse Lepore battled throughout the night (6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) but ultimately suffered the first loss of his career (in 15 starts).

Game two of the series will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the McKethan Stadium.

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