Farmer ends season with loss to Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- One bad inning was enough to hand Buck Farmer and No. 2 seed Georgia Tech a postseason defeat Saturday. Mike Zunino homered to give top-seed Florida the lead for good during a three-run fourth inning as the Gators picked up a 6-2 victory in the Gainesville Regional at McKethan Stadium.

Tech had its six-game winning streak snapped in the loss.

Farmer pitched seven innings and allowed just five hits, but struggled in the fourth and that was enough for Florida. Zunino, one of the top professional prospects in the country, launched a solo home run to start the inning and tie the game at 1-1. After Farmer hit Daniel Pigott with a pitch, Casey Turgeon and Justin Shafer had consecutive singles, the last of which chased home a run, and later, Vickash Ramjit had a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.

The junior right-hander, who finished the year 8-4, struck out five and walked three in a 116-pitch effort.

"I thought Buck was outstanding as well, but give Florida's hitters credit," Tech assistant coach Tom Kinkelaar told ramblinwreck.com. "They hit some good pitches that Buck threw."

Tech jumped on top first facing Florida ace Hudson Randall. In the bottom of the second, the Yellow Jackets strung together three consecutive singles and Mott Hyde's chased home Daniel Palka and made it a 1-0 game.

Farmer gave it right back in the third. Ramjit stretched a single into a double to start the frame, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored the tying run on Nolan Fontana's sacrifice fly.

While the Gators got to Farmer, Tech put runners on base all game, but had trouble scoring against Randall (8-2) and reliever Steven Rodriguez. Randall allowed eight hits and Rodriguez allowed four in 3 innings of work, but Tech left nine men on base, five in scoring position.

"Our hitters have been very aggressive and have put ourselves into good situations," Kinkelaar said. "We got those situations tonight, but we just couldn't come up with that big hit."

Tech defeated the College of Charleston for the second time in the regional in Sunday's first game, a 3-0 win, thanks to six scoreless innings from Alex Cruz. But in the final game of the regional, Florida handled Tech again, rolling to a 15-3 victory to clinch a spot in the super regionals and end the Yellow Jackets' season at 38-26.