UNF baseball avoids sweep in opening series

Joslyn Simmons

North Florida (1-2) avoids the sweep from Radford(2-1) over the weekend as Head Coach Tim Parenton picked up his first win in the final day of the series.

While the opening series was a repeat of the two teams, the results were not the same.  

In the first day, a late comeback handed North Florida a 14-8 loss to the Radford Highlanders at the Harmon Stadium. The Ospreys started the evening strong and capitalized on a Highlander’s error and Tanner Murphy’s home run that brought in two runs.

Radford responded with eight runs of their own in the third and fourth innings to take the lead 8-3. North Florida answered in the fifth inning with five runs and knotted the score at eight. For the next two innings, neither team got onto the board.

This all changed in the eighth inning, where the Highlanders created five more unanswered runs to retake the lead once again. The visiting team added a final run in the last inning to grab the first win in the three-game series.

For Saturday’s meeting, Radford punched North Florida in the mouth with six-straight runs early. The Ospreys responded with six consecutive runs of their own in the third and fourth innings to knot up the score at six. This tie up only remained for two frames before the Highlanders watched another six runs come around the base to for a 12-6 victory.

Ospreys only won one game out of the three-game series against Radford. Photo by Lili Weinstein

On Sunday, the Ospreys grabbed their first win over the Highlanders. Similar to the first day, North Florida had early runs on the board with a 3-0 lead. In the fifth inning, Radford scored two runs, which turned out to be their only points for the afternoon. The Ospreys responded four more runs to take the game 7-2, and avoid the sweep.

The baseball team will hit the road to face the University of South Carolina on Feb.20 at 4 p.m.


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