Florida edges Alabama in pitcher's duel

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A pitchers’ duel between Alabama baseball and No. 7 Florida went in favor of the Gators, 2-1, on Friday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Following the opener, the Crimson Tide sits at 19-30 on the season and 5-20 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama received a quality outing from its starter, Jake Walters. The junior tossed 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing only two hits and issuing a pair of walks while striking out a season-high tying eight batters. Walters’ lone mistake of the night came on a 3-1 pitch to JJ Schwarz for a solo home run in the seventh. Garrett Suchey (2-7) followed for the Tide, allowing the go-ahead run on one hit and a walk with two strikeouts for the loss.

The Gators’ starter, Alex Faedo, matched Walters with a solid outing. Faedo worked 7.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits and four walks with eight strikeouts. Together, the two starters combined for 16 strikeouts and collected a total of 11 one-pitch outs, with neither starter factoring into the final decision. Florida closer Michael Byrne (2-4) got the Friday night win with 2.0 innings of scoreless baseball.

Alabama and Florida return to Sewell-Thomas Stadium tomorrow evening for a 6 p.m. CT matchup. The Crimson Tide will call on sophomore left-hander Dylan Duarte, while the Gators counter with sophomore righty Brady Singer. Fans can catch the Saturday contest on SEC Network+.