GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sophomore Logan Shore and junior Eric Hanhold combined on a six-hitter as No. 2 Florida (12-2) took the opener of its weekend series with a 5-0 shutout of Maine (4-10) on Friday night at McKethan Stadium.
Shore (3-0) threw eight scoreless frames before Hanhold made his season debut by closing out the Gators’ second shutout of the season.
Florida opened the scoring in the second inning with four runs on three hits and three errors against freshman Justin Courtney (0-4).
With the bases loaded and one down, an infield single by sophomore Buddy Reed brought home freshman Christian Hicks and junior Harrison Bader followed with a single through the left side to drive in freshman Logan Browning.
A fielding error on a grounder by junior Richie Martin enabled freshman Dalton Guthrie (2-for-5) to come across and freshman JJ Schwarz lofted a sacrifice fly into center field to plate Reed for a 4-0 count.
Hicks belted a leadoff homer in the Gators’ sixth inning for a 5-0 advantage. The round-tripper into the visiting bullpen gave him three RBIs in the past two games.
Shore yielded five hits and totaled a season-high five strikeouts in stretching his scoreless streak to 23.1 innings dating back to the opener of the NCAA Gainesville Regional last May against the College of Charleston.