The Gainesville Super Regional is well underway, as game one has come to a close early Saturday afternoon. The major storyline of the game was the matchup between two first-round MLB draft picks, pitchers Casey Mize of Auburn and Brady Singer of Florida. The day belonged to the Gators, as Auburn was unable to muster much offense and Mize struggled for the majority of his start.
Mize Chased After Five
The game began slowly, as Singer struggled to find his groove in the first couple of innings. He walked the leadoff batter in the second and third innings and allowed a run to score in both frames. The Tigers took the 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning where Mize began to make uncharacteristic errors. He gave up four runs in the third inning, as the Gators took the lead with smart base running and some help from Auburn’s defense.
Mize and Singer both settled down in the fourth, but they continued to head in opposite directions. Singer did not give up another run and finished his day with 6.2 innings pitched. Mize’s day was over after allowing two more runs in the fifth inning, as he finished with just five strikeouts, while he also gave up a career-high four walks. The walks in this game comprise 25% of his 16 total this season.
Tigers Struggle at the Plate
While the majority of the Gators’ lineup flourished at the plate, the Tigers were unable to find their groove. Florida allowed only five hits on the day through a combination of Singer, Jordan Butler, and Michael Byrne. Josh Anthony was the only Tiger to have a multi-hit game, as he continues to be very efficient at the plate this postseason. The lack of firepower for Auburn is very unusual for a team that had 50 hits in its three-game regional last weekend. Notably, the Gators held Will Holland, Steven Williams, and Jay Estes each without a single hit. The final score of 8-2 shows the domination by the Gators on their home field.
Julien Earns School Record
Despite the disappointing effort from the Tigers, freshman Edouard Julien earned a major accomplishment as he passed former Auburn great and MLB Hall of Famer, Frank Thomas, for most RBIs by an Auburn freshman.
The Gators will look to close out the series on Sunday, while Auburn hopes to keep its season alive and force a game three on Monday. Starting pitchers for Sunday will be Tanner Burns for Auburn against the recently struggling Jackson Kowar for Florida. Follow @ArmchairCBB for all the action from Gainesville.