The Florida Gators rebounded from their first loss of the season on Friday night by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning before Duke recorded an out. The Blue Devils lost 4-2 for their first loss of the season.
Making his first start of the season, Drew Van Orden struggled right out of the gate (though his defense also failed him). The first batter for Florida reached on an error. After a walk, Casey Turgeon homered for the 3-0 lead. Another error and a single got Van Orden into trouble again, but he struck out the next batter and picked off the runner on first base to end the inning.
Duke got back into the game in the fourth inning when Chris Marconcini hit a two-run homerun, his first of the season.
Van Orden left after 3.1 innings, but he did not allow another run. He walked two and struck out three and allowed four total hits. Remy Janco and Chase Bebout followed with 1.2 perfect innings of relief.
Nick Hendrix made his collegiate debut and allowed a run on just one hit over two innings. Dalton Brown pitched a perfect 8th inning and struck out two.
Tucker Simpson made his collegiate debut for Florida and allowed that two-run homerun over four innings. He only allowed two hits (both in that 4th inning) and struck out three. After he left, the Gators bullpen was just as stingy.
Parker Danciu allowed two hits and two walks over 3.2 scoreless innings. Johnny Magliozzi closed out the game with 1.1 perfect innings for his first save.
No hitter from either team had more than one hit.
The two teams complete the series on Sunday afternoon.