Opening the best-of-three NCAA Gainesville Super Regional on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium, junior starting pitcher Hudson Randall got the No. 1 Florida Gators right on track. The Atlanta native tossed seven shutout innings and the Gators grabbed a 7-1 win over No. 11 N.C. State. Randall has now given up two runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts this season, including his last five outings.
At the plate, junior catcher Mike Zunino gave the Gators a lift, as well. Zunino went two for four at the plate, driving in three runs, along with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The start of contest, which was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. EST, was delayed for nearly three hours over the course of the whole game. Game two of the series is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. and be televised nationally on ESPNU. A win would send Florida to the College World Series for the third consecutive year