Florida lefthander Hunter Barco (Carl Kakfa/Florida Athletics)


Ten Takeaways From Florida’s Sweep Of Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Bases loaded, two outs, dangerous hitter at the plate – this was the first big test in the initial start of Hunter Barco’s collegiate career.

Barco, a Florida freshman lefty drafted by the Mets in the 24th round last year, passed the exam by snapping off a 1-2 splitter that froze Raymond Gil of the Miami Hurricanes, ending the fifth inning.

“That’s the pitch I wanted to throw in that situation,” Barco said of the splitter. “I knew I had to bear down. I couldn’t let anyone score.”

Gil had a different view.