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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It's been said that big-time players step up in big-time situations.
For Florida two-way star and top prospect Brian Johnson, that time was Friday night against South Carolina. The Gators dropped the series opener to the Gamecocks, 9-3, in disappointing fashion and handing the program just their second loss of the season. Furthermore, it just entrenched the idea that South Carolina had the Gators number, dating back to last year's regular season series loss, and of course, the CWS title series loss.
With all that in mind, the Gators leaned on Johnson to pull them out of a mental rut against the Gamecocks, and like a true veteran, he didn't disappoint in an 8-2 Gators victory.
"We're playing with a lot of young guys right now, and this isn't an easy environment. I don't think we handled it great last night, but I'm proud of the way our guys responded," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "We have a lot of things to work on like every other team, but I thought Brian Johnson was pretty good."
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