Miami Sports Day

Faedo Dominant in Florida’s 1-0 Win over No. 17 Miami

Photo by Aaron Albright/UF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 17 Miami came out on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel Friday night at Alfred McKethan Stadium, falling to No. 2 Florida 1-0 in the rivalry series opener.

The Hurricanes (2-2) had the tying run on second with two outs in the ninth, but Gators reliever Frank Rubio struck out Romy Gonzalez with two runners aboard to close out the game. Facing a talented Gators lineup, junior Jesse Lepore delivered an impressive outing in the second weekend start of his career.

The righthander tossed six strong innings, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out six before departing after 94 pitches.

Unfortunately for the Hurricanes offense, Gators righthander Alex Faedo was up to the task.

Faedo (1-0) allowed just two hits and one walk in a 119-pitch otuing. He struck out eight and departed with two outs in the ninth in front of 5,385 fans.
Miami strung together a two-out rally in the final inning, as junior Michael Burns reached on an error and senior Johnny Ruiz battled his way on with a walk from Faedo, prompting a pitching change.

But Rubio struck out Gonzalez to finish off the opener. The loss was the first Lepore (1-1) in 15 career starts.

Miami’s first hit off Faedo came in the fifth when senior Edgar Michelangeli lined a 1-0 pitch to right for a one-out double. A leadoff infield single from Burns in the seventh inning was just Miami’s second hit of the game.

It was the Gators (4-1) who struck first Friday night, as the hosts jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI single from sophomore Jonathan India in the third inning. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Lepore struck out cleanup hitter JJ Schwarz and induced a looping flyout to right from Gators’ second baseman Deacon Liput to limit the scoring to just one run.

Lepore did well to avoid any damage in the second inning when Liput opened with a triple over the outstretched glove of Carl Chester in center.

Lepore handled a comebacker cleanly for the first out. A heads-up play by Michelangeli, who fielded a slow roller from Mike Rivera and fired home to get Liput on a tag by freshman Michael Amditis, resulted in the second out.

The play was challenged by Florida Gators’ head coach Kevin O’Sullivan and was upheld after a video review.

Lepore then struck out Christian Hicks to end the inning and keep the game scoreless early.

In his final inning of work, Lepore quickly got the first two outs but hit a batter and allowed a single to give Florida a scoring opportunity. After a conference on the mound with pitching coach JD

Arteaga, Lepore induced an inning-ending groundout from Blake Reese on the final pitch of his outing.

Freshman Albert Maury, Jr., pitched the final two scoreless innings for Miami. He struck out two batters and allowed two hits in 36 pitches.
The two teams return to McKethan Stadium for Game Two of the series Saturday night. First pitch for the contest, slated for broadcast on SEC Network +, is set for 6:30 p.m.

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