Two 2012 Colorado Rockies draft picks, Florida Gators outfielder Preston Tucker and Miami Hurricanes catcher Peter O'Brien, got into a battle of bats on Friday night when their teams clashed at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla. The No. 1 Gators picked up the 7-5 victory, but neither O'Brien nor Tucker contributed much to the offensive effort.
The two candidates for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award got bogged down and each went 0-for-5. Tucker's season line now stands at .333/.359/.806 with five home runs and eight RBI. O'Brien is hitting .407/.500/.800 with four doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI.
Florida catcher Mike Zunino, a top 2012 MLB Draft prospect and Golden Spikes candidate, went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. He is hitting .500/.556/.933. Hudson Randall allowed struck out six and allowed four runs in 5.1 innings for the Gators, but Alex Randall was dominant, striking out seven over 3.1 innings for his third save of the season.
These teams will be back at it again on Saturday night.