Recapping MSU’s 2-0 win over Florida at Dudy Noble Field on Saturday afternoon.
• The buzz: MSU (26-8, 5-6 SEC) earned its first SEC series victory of the season behind the arm of senior right-hander Kendall Graveman, who tossed a complete game for the second consecutive week. Two early runs were more than enough for Graveman and the MSU defense, which made no errors and turned three double plays.
• Big inning: State went up 2-0 in the first inning, with leadoff man Adam Frazier doubling to get things going. He scored when Wes Rea was issued a bases-loaded walk, and then Alex Detz scored on C.T. Bradford‘s groundout.
• Key stats: Florida was 0 of 1 with runners in scoring position. … MSU was 6 of 16 on advancement opportunities, while Florida was 1 of 7. … MSU left six men on base, while UF stranded four.
• Florida at the plate: The Gators (14-18, 4-7) had five hits. … Justin Schafer had two hits. … Florida had men on first and second with one out in the seventh, but then Zack Powers grounded into a 6-3 double play to end the threat.
• MSU at the plate: MSU had seven hits. … Frazier broke out of a 2-for-23 slump by going 2 of 4 with a double and a run scored. … Detz and Brett Pirtle also had two hits apiece.
• Florida on the mound: Starter Danny Young, a freshman lefty, worked four innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks. … Flamethrower Ryan Harris tossed 2 1/3 shutout innings with four strikeouts and no walks. … Bobby Poyner threw two-thirds of an inning without any trouble, while Mike Vinson gave up one hit in an inning of work.
• MSU on the mound: Graveman allowed five hits, struck out two and walked two. He threw 107 pitches and got to a three-ball count only three times, according to coach John Cohen. Not surprisingly, Graveman got 19 groundball outs.
• Quotable: “I felt like they kind of laid down after we put that up. They’ve been struggling besides last week, so I guess that might be part of it. I feel like tomorrow if we come out and do the same, they might do it again.” – Frazier, on MSU’s two-run first inning
• Bottom line: Graveman is pitching at a whole different level, and Cohen said he doesn’t recall one of his pitchers having back-to-back outings like Graveman’s had. The Bulldogs now have a chance to get the sweep and pull to .500 in league play. Cohen said Jacob Lindgren, who’s been out with a sore elbow, could start tomorrow if all goes well in the bullpen prior to the game. Florida’s starter is still undecided.