GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Panteliodis pitched his first complete game and Florida took advantage of two errors to beat Miami 7-2 in the opener of their best-of-three series.
Austin Maddox and Mike Zunino drove in two runs each for the Gators (46-15), who improved to 32-3 at home and moved a victory away from their sixth trip to the College World Series.
The in-state rivals play again Saturday in the NCAA Super Regional. Florida can only hope for another performance like it had Friday night.
The Gators jumped on Miami early, played flawless defense and got a career night from Panteliodis. The sophomore left-hander retired the final 14 batters and struck out a career-high 12. He allowed three hits, including a two-run home run to Yasmani Grandal.
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