The University of Florida's mastery over Florida State in baseball continued on Tuesday in Gainesville.

The Gators trailed 4-1 after Rhett Applin of Fleming Island slammed home runs in his first two at-bats for the Seminoles. Hoewever, Florida sent 11 batters to the plate and erupted for seven runs in the fifth, going on to win their sixth game in a row over FSU, 12-6 in front of 6,042 at McKethan Stadium.

Florida (16-3) set a school record for the most victories in a row over the Seminoles (14-3) in the 245th meeting between the two teams. It's also the 11th victory in 12 games for UF in the series, and gave coach Kevin O'Sullivan a 23-16 head-to-head record against FSU coach Mike Martin.

The Seminoles have lost three games in a row after starting the season 14-0.

"We got off to a little bit of a rocky start pitching-wise," O'Sullivan said. "We're having a little bit of difficulty finishing innings. I think in the UCF series [UF was swept in two games by the Knights last week] all the runs were given up with two outs. [Tonight] we were a pitch or two away in the first, a pitch or two away in the third of getting out of that."

FSU scored its first two runs on solo homers by Applin and Cal Raleigh in the first off Gators' starter Jordan Butler. Applin then hit a two-run homer in the third, trailing Mike Salvatore's double.

Florida cut the lead to 4-3 in the home half of the third on Nelson Maldanado's RBI single and J.J. Schwarz' RBI ground out.

The Gators then blew the game open, scoring their seven runs on five hits and two hit batters against three FSU pitchers. Keenan Bell and Nick Horvath highlighed the inning with two-run doubles and Austin Langworthy had two hits in the inning, a lead-off double and an RBI single to complete the scoring binge.

Jonathan India, who had given Florida its first run in the second with a home run, added another solo shot in the eighth, for his team-leading sixth of the season. Drew Mendoza hit FSU's fourth home run of the game in the top half of the eighth.

“I saw guys that would battle you in the box, that made me proud,” Martin said. “Throughout the game we didn’t feel sorry for ourselves. I’m pleased with the attitude of this team.”

Freshman Tommy Mace (1-0) got the victory for UF with 3.1 shutout innings and Michael Byrne pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

"We threw three freshmen again tonight," O'Sullivan said of his mid-week plan to give more innings to younger pitchers. "It's a learning experience for those guys."

Andrew Karp (3-1) took the loss for FSU.

India scored three runs and had three RBI in two official at-bats for the Gators. He is hitting .500 (12 for 24) with four homers and seven RBI in his last 10 games.

Horvath and Langworthy both went 3 for 4.

Applin was 2 for 5 with three RBI for the 'Noles and Mendoza went 3 for 4.

“The big thing for me is just to square balls up, it’s something we work on every day,” Aplin said of going the first 16 games of the season without a home run. “The power has been there for us, but finally some hard hits are turning into home runs.”

The two teams will meet again on March 27 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, at 6 p.m. Florida goes on the road for a three-game series against South Carolina beginning on Friday, while FSU plays host to Notre Dame in a three-game set, also starting on Friday.