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Jac Caglianone hits 2 home runs, drives in 5 to lead Gators past UConn 8-2

Florida advances to championship round against Texas Tech
Florida Gators pitcher Jac Caglianone bats, June 2, 2023
Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-06-04 19:03:08-04

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jac Caglianone hit two home runs, driving in five runs, and Florida defeated Connecticut 8-2 on Sunday in an elimination game at the Gainesville regional.

The Gators (46-15) advance to the championship round against Texas Tech and will have to beat the Red Raiders twice to reach the super regionals. No. 3 seed Texas Tech defeated top-seeded Florida 5-4 on Saturday.

Caglianone's three-run home run in the fourth inning gave the Gators a 5-1 lead. Starting pitcher Hurston Waldrep continued to dominate the Huskies and left with a 6-1 lead through seven innings. Caglianone added a two-run home run in the eighth.

Waldrep (8-3) allowed one run on five hits with 12 strikeouts. Nick Ficarrotta came on in the eighth and allowed one run in two innings. He struck out five.

Tyler Shelnut went 2-for-3 and scored twice for the Gators. Wyatt Langford went 0-for-3 but was credited with two RBIs, on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly.

Ben Huber went 3-for-4 for Connecticut (44-17-1).

On Friday, Caglianone pitched 6 innings in the 3-0 victory over Florida A&M. The sophomore surrendered only four hits and three walks and struck out seven.