GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sophomore Dane Dunning fired five no-hit innings and junior Taylor Lewis recorded the final four outs as No. 5 Florida edged No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. With the series triumph in Sunday’s rubber game, the Gators have now claimed 19 of the past 24 meetings with the Hurricanes and have captured five of the past six regular season series between the Sunshine State rivals.
Throughout a career-high five innings, Dunning (2-0) did not allow any hits, gave up one unearned run, totaled four strikeouts and issued three walks. Junior Danny Young (1.2 IP) set the down the first five batters he faced before yielding a two-out single to Lopez in the seventh inning for the Hurricanes’ first hit. Sophomore Shaun Anderson had sophomore Johnny Ruiz ground out to keep the Gators in front. Anderson struck out the first two Hurricanes in the eighth before sophomore Zack Collins greeted sophomore southpaw Kirby Snead with a base hit into right field. Lewis then jammed junior David Thompson on a pop-up to preserve the lead.
With the Hurricanes down to their final two outs, Iskenderian legged out an infield single. A grounder by senior Garrett Kennedy moved Iskenderian into position with the potential tying run before Lewis had Lopez fly out to right field to complete the contest and collect his first save as a Gator.
Miami broke the ice in the second inning when a passed ball with the bases loaded scored Iskenderian. Dunning retired the first five batters of the game before issuing a walk to Iskendrian, who then stole second base. Kennedy drew a walk and the Hurricanes had a pair of runners in scoring position on a wild pitch before Lopez earned a free pass. Iskenderian scooted home on a passed ball before Dunning had Ruiz ground out.
Gator sophomore Buddy Reed tied the game in the third with a two-out RBI single off of junior Enrique Sosa (1-1). Freshman Christian Hicks drew a leadoff walk and advanced around the bases on ground balls by freshmen Logan Browning and Dalton Guthrie.
Junior Harrison Bader moved the Gators in front 2-1 by launching a solo homer in the fourth inning over the left field bleachers. Bader leads the SEC in homers (four) and RBIs (15).
Florida had runners on the corners with one down in the sixth after back-to-back singles by freshman JJ Schwarz and sophomore A.J. Puk (2-for-3). However, Sosa escaped the jam by inducing a 5-4-3 double play grounder by freshman Mike Rivera. Sosa allowed seven hits and two runs over six innings of work for UM.