COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 1-ranked Florida hit two home runs in the ninth inning for a come-from-behind 5-4 win over No. 5 South Carolina on Friday night.
Jonathan India led off the top of the ninth by launching a 2-2 pitch to leftfield to tie the score at 4. After Mike Rivera and Nelson Maldonado flied out, Nick Horvath homered to left to give the lead to the Gators (37-6, 14-5 SEC), who entered the game one game behind South Carolina (33-9, 14-5) in the SEC East.
After giving up a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, reliever Shaun Anderson got the Gamecocks' Marcus Mooney to hit into a double play. Anderson walked the next batter, but Dom Thompson-Williams flied out to end the game.
Dane Dunning got the win in relief of starter Logan Shore with two scoreless innings. Shore went 42/3 innings and gave up three runs on two home runs, allowed five hits total and struck out five.
The teams meet again today in the second of a three-game series.
Ray Lewis' son charged with sex crime: Ray Lewis III, a Coastal Carolina defensive back and son of former Ravens star Ray Lewis, has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge stems from a Jan. 23 incident at a Conway, S.C., apartment in which Lewis, 20, is accused of having sex with an 18-year-old woman incapacitated from using drugs or alcohol, an arrest warrant said.
Lewis, of Apopka, turned himself in Friday and was released on $10,000 bond. Lewis was suspended from the team upon his arrest, university spokeswoman Martha Hunn said.
Lewis played two seasons at Miami, where his father played, before transferring after the 2014 season to Division I-AA Coastal Carolina, where the sophomore had 14 solo tackles and five assists in 12 games last season.
Alabama: Defensive line coach Bo Davis resigned over an inquiry into possible recruiting violations, the Tuscaloosa News reported. Coach Nick Saban announced the resignation in a two-sentence statement. He didn't give a reason. The school has been conducting an internal investigation into Davis and the NCAA has also made inquiries into the matter, the newspaper said.
South Carolina: New football coach Will Muschamp fired equipment manager Chris Matlock, who had been at the school 16 years, and Matlock's staff. The former Florida coach refused to comment about the dismissals to the State newspaper in Columbia.
Matlock is the second long-serving support staff member to be dismissed during the transition from retired coach Steve Spurrier to Muschamp, who previously let go team chaplain Adrian Despres.