Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Columbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Florida 1 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 x 7 10  0
Abrams (L, 0-1) 3.0 8 5 5 1
Wereski 4.0 2 2 2 6 6
West 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
Individual Leaders


0 1 0 0 0

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  No. 2 Florida plated runs in each of the first four innings to claim a 7-0 victory over the Columbia baseball team in the Lions’ season opener Friday night. The Gators (8-2) notched 10 hits and starting pitcher Alex Faedo held the Lions to just two hits and struck out nine in seven innings of work to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Austin Lanberry put Florida on top early, belting his second homer of the year over the right field wall to make it 1-0 Gators in the bottom of the first. Starting pitcher Ethan Abrams wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the second, allowing just a sacrifice fly to keep it a two-run game, but Florida opened things up in the third.

With runners on second and third, Mike Rivera notched a ground rule double to left-center to drive in a run for his second RBI of the night. Keenan Bell followed with a sharp single through the left side and another sac fly pushed the margin to 5-0 after three innings of play.

Columbia put runners on base in each of the first three innings, but could not come up with a rally. Faedo walked two batters early, but retired 10 batters in a row from the third inning until a Julian Bury single in the sixth.

The Gators tacked on two more in the fourth to complete the scoring, taking advantage of a wild pitch with the bases loaded and an RBI groundout by Bell.

First-year’s Ben Wereski and Will West each made their collegiate debuts out of the bullpen. Wereski pitched four innings and struck out six batters, while West pitched a perfect eighth inning to go with a pair of K’s.

Randell Kanemaru and Joe Engel picked up the other hits for the Lions.

Jonathan India, Rivera and Bell all recorded two hits for Florida.

The Lions continue the three-game series with the Gators tomorrow, March 4, at 4 p.m. on SEC Network + and ESPN3.