HOOVER, Ala. – Florida opened the 2022 SEC Baseball Tournament with a 2-1 walk-off victory over South Carolina in a 10-inning affair at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Tuesday night.
Florida advances to face Texas A&M Wednesday afternoon at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET. The matchup will be live on SEC Network and streamed on WatchESPN.com.
“Well, that was a good old-fashioned pitching duel. It’s a shame somebody has got to lose that game because I thought both starters were just outstanding,” said Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
“I thought Brandon, that’s the best he’s pitched here. I think it’s a career-high for innings pitched. I talked to Jeff Cardozo, our radio guy, after the game, and to know where Brandon started from his freshman year to where he is now is just awesome.
“This is why you get into this profession, to hopefully help guys get better and see the progress that they’ve made. But he was certainly special tonight.”
Third baseman Colby Halter came through with the heroics, providing the game-winning sacrifice fly to center with one out in the bottom of the 10th to score Ty Evans. The win was powered by a career-high 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball by starter Brandon Sproat, who took a no-hitter into the seventh.
The Gators (36-20, 15-15 SEC) and Gamecocks (27-28, 13-17 SEC) traded zeros through the first three innings, as Sproat and South Carolina starter Will Sanders blanked their opposing offenses. Sproat proceeded to hold South Carolina scoreless again in the fourth, while Florida broke through with one run in the bottom half. After a two-out double by Josh Rivera, Jac Caglianone brought in a run with an infield single, with Rivera scoring on a throwing error by shortstop Michael Braswell.
Sproat went right back to work in the fifth, navigating around a two-out walk to hold the South Carolina offense in check. He continued to mow down the Gamecocks, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before losing it on a one-out single by Josiah Sightler.
By Florida Gators Athletics