GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Preston Tucker drove in five runs, Daniel Pigott knocked in three and Florida handled Manhattan 17-3 in the NCAA tournament’s Gainesville Regional on Friday.
The Gators (46-16) scored 16 runs in the first three innings — all off Manhattan ace John Soldinger — and coasted the rest of the way. Florida advanced to play Miami in the winners’ bracket Saturday.
Florida batted around in each of the first three innings, and Tucker did much of the damage. He had an RBI single in the first, a two-run homer in the second and another two-run shot in the third. His second one, his 12th of the season, cleared the scoreboard in right.
Karsten Whitson (8-0) allowed two hits in 3 1-3 innings for the victory. Soldinger (10-3) gave up 16 hits and 15 earned runs in two innings. He faced 26 batters and threw 61 pitches, and his ERA rose from 2.34 to 4.75.