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Florida had no trouble waking up for Wednesday morning's elimination game against SEC rival Kentucky in the College World Series. The Gators erupted for seven runs in the first inning on the way to crushing Kentucky 15-4.

Florida chased Wildcats starter Dominic Niman six batters into the game. Florida's No. 8 batter, designated hitter Brody Donay, went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and five RBI to lead the offensive explosion.

The seven-run first inning is the second-most runs the Gators have scored in a CWS inning, trailing only an 11-run inning against Miami in 2015.

With the Gators leading 3-1 and after Dale Thomas greeted Kentucky reliever Cameron O'Brien with a single to load the bases in the bottom of the first, Donay launched a deep drive over the right-field wall for a grand slam and 7-1 Florida lead. Donay's blast provided a huge dose of momentum early in the game for the Gators and they never let up.

(Release via SEC Sports)

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