Florida Rallies To Clinch Series At Top-Ranked Miami In Extra InningsAt The Ballpark
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Jud Fabian, perhaps the biggest hero for the second-ranked Florida Gators on Saturday night, had an enthusiastic reaction when teammate Kirby McMullen smacked a go-ahead homer in the 10th inning.
“When he hit it, I kind of jumped out of the dugout. I saw it go over, and I started screaming,” Fabian said. “That’s why my voice is a little bit raspy.”
Due to the efforts of Fabian and McMullen, the Gators – who were one strike away from defeat in the ninth – rallied to top the host and top-ranked Miami Hurricanes 7-4 in an emotional 10-inning affair.
After McMullen — a senior who is getting his first chance as a starter this season — hit just his second career homer in the 10th, Florida’s celebration irritated Miami, and both benches were warned by the umpires.
Fabian had a simple explanation as to what happened between the two in-state schools.
“We don’t like them,” Fabian said matter-of-factly. “They don’t like us.”