GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- All-America southpaw Corey Littrell fired eight one-run innings and catcher Micheal Thomas belted a three-run homer in the second inning, leading No. 9 Kentucky to a 6-2 win over Florida, its first series win at UF in 14 years and just the fifth in program history, on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
In a series that dates back to 1953, Kentucky (16-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had only won four, three-game weekend series in Gainesville, in 1973, 1975, 1993 and 1999. After UK fell 6-1 in the series opener on Friday, UK rebounded to even the series with an 11-5 win on Saturday, before posting the rubber-match win on Sunday.
“It’s a good series win,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “Anytime you take two on the road, it’s a good weekend. It doesn’t matter where you are or who you play, it’s a good weekend. It’s especially big to lose the first one and come back and get the next two. Overall, except for that one inning [on Friday], our defense was good all weekend long. We did a nice job of pounding the strike zone and again got some key hits today. Obviously it’s nice to get some good production out of the bottom of the order, so it’s a good weekend for us.”
Littrell (3-0) turned in his fourth quality start and the 18th of his career. The Louisville, Ky., native worked eight innings, scattering 10 singles for one run, not allowing a walk and striking out seven. He shined in the seventh, striking out the side of the top three Florida hitters in the order.