Florida wins second straight against Alabama


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Florida bullpen shut out the Alabama Crimson Tide for the final 6 2-3 innings as the Gators won 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The win was the second straight for the Gators, handing Alabama iits first home series loss of the year.

"I thought it was a good battle on both sides," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said in a news release. "For us, (Justin) Kamplain hung in there and got us to the middle part of the game. His pitch count got up and that's a credit to Florida's hitters. They really battled and competed and fought off a lot of pitches and got to a lot of deep counts.

"(Ray) Castillo came in and it was good to see him get a couple of zeros. We need him as we get later into the season, and (Geoffrey) Bramblett was sharp in the ninth."

Kamplain (4-3) took the loss. He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings. Castillo (Russell County) blanked the Gators for 2 2-3 innings.

Wade Wass, Austen Smith and Kyle Overstreet drove in a run apiece for the Tide.

"Offensively, we put the one inning together in the third, and really from there just weren't able to put much together," Gaspard said. "We had a couple of opportunities that we missed. Florida's pitching staff is really good, we knew that, and they don't give you many chances, and when you get those few, you have to try and capitalize on them."

Florida (32-15, 17-6 SEC) goes for the sweep at 3 p.m. Sunday against Alabama (30-17, 13-10).

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