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Florida's offense overwhelms Casey Mize in come from behind win

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Brady Singer versus Casey Mize.

The matchup was expected to be an epic pitchers' duel, but Florida's offense got the best of Casey Mize after a breakout third inning.

Deacon Liput and Nelson Maldonado each singled to put runners on first and second with one out. It was Jonathan India's turn at the plate and Mize, who allowed only 12 walks the entire season, sent India to first to load the bases.

“I was trying to go right at him, honestly,” Mize said about walking India. “I’m not afraid to pitch against anybody. I know India is a great player and I have a lot of respect for India, but if the thought process is I’m pitching around India, you’re wrong. I just couldn’t execute.”

Wil Dalton then drove it to right field to tie the game at two.

"Wil's at-bat, that was a pivotal part of the game," said Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan. "I told him when he went to the plate I don't want him to do too much. Stay with the same approach, don't try to get too big."

"All of his pitches have different movement and different velocity," Liput said. "It's incredibly challenging. Your approach obviously has to be a little bit different against a guy like Mise who has four different pitches."

Florida went on to win 8-2, capped off by homers in the sixth and eighth innings by Liput and Maldonado.

Mize, who lasted five innings, had five strikeouts, tied a career high with six earned runs and set a new career high in walks with four.

Singer, on the other hand, put together a stellar outing after getting past a rocky first few innings. His pitch count got into the 70's by the third, but he settled down and threw three scoreless frames before exiting the mound at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium for the final time.

"Credit Auburn's hitters, because I thought they did a nice job and kind of tried to run his pitch count up," O'Sullivan said. "But I thought Brady made an adjustment and got us back into the seventh inning, which may have not looked like that in about the third or fourth inning. He's a fierce competitor."

"Just make some good quality pitches," Singer, who was taken 18th overall by the Tigers in Monday night's first round of the MLB draft, said. "I saw my pitch count, and they were kind of going up and I wanted to get deep into the ballgame. The game plan the last few innings there was just to throw some good quality strikes and get them to ground out."

Singer's now 12-1 and through six and two-thirds innings allowed two earned runs, two walks and had nine strikeouts.

A win at noon tomorrow sends Florida to the College World Series, and a loss to Auburn forces a third game on Monday night.

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