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Florida Gators open SEC Tournament with win over Auburn

Six Florida Gators had struck out before JJ Schwarz lined a fastball into right field to start an eighth inning rally. A single and two walks later and the Gators pushed a run across the board when Christian Hicks’ bases loaded walk plated Schwarz to give Florida a 5-4 lead.

Michael Byrne came on in the ninth inning and closed the game out. The save was Byrne’s 14th of the season, a new Florida single season record.

The No. 1 seeded Gators received a first round bye in the SEC tournament and were presented with a trophy honoring their regular season co-SEC championship (split with...

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Florida Gators place six on All-SEC baseball team

The No. 4 Co-SEC Champion Florida Gators baseball team had six players earn All-SEC Honors on Monday afternoon but was shutout of the First Team recognition entirely.

Pitchers Alex Faedo and JJ Schwarz, catcher JJ Schwarz and outfielder Nelson Maldonado all earned Second Team All-SEC honors. Infielders Deacon Liput and Dalton Guthrie were named to the All-SEC Defensive team.

Michael Byrne made his first appearance on an All-SEC team. After earning the closer role for the Gators in the beginning of the season Byrne went on to tie the school record for saves in a season (13). Byrne led the...

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Kentucky draws even SEC with a big win over Florida Gators

After a slow start the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats poured in on the No. 5 Florida Gators, taking the opening game of final series of the season 12-4.

Kentucky ( 38-16/19-9 SEC) clawed out 20 hits, tied for the most against a SEC opponent this season (South Carolina) and second most on the season. The win tied the Cats and Gators (38-15/19-9 SEC) atop the SEC, joined with LSU, who beat Mississippi State 3-1.

Alex Faedo started off the game in complete control. He gave up two singles in the first but left unscathed. He gave up two more singles in the second but stranded both runners. Faedo...

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Incredible run give Florida Gators a chance at SEC crown

Periodically in-between innings at McKethan Park the faces of the Florida Gators (52-16/19-10 SEC) will pop on the screen. In one of these short videos designed to give a unique look at the players, while keeping fans in the park engaged, senior Ryan Larson pops up. The senior, with his trademark smile, notes that he puts his left sock on before his right sock every game. “I don’t know why,” Larson says on the Jumbotron in right center, “It just happens that way.”

In a game full of superstitious players, there’s also a magic number, 20. The players may not know it but surely...

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Florida Gators stay hot with a 2-1 win over Alabama

With a 3-1 count in a tie game, Nelson Maldonado lofted a ball deep to center field, far enough to score Dalton Guthrie and give the Florida Gators a 2-1 in the top of the ninth. Florida’s win on Friday night was their eighth-straight SEC win, holding serve with Mississippi State, who beat Georgia 9-3, at the top of the SEC standings.

The Gators and Tide engaged in a pitching duel most of the night with Alex Faedo and Jake Walters dispatching hitters and throwing up zeros. Faedo retired the first batters he faced and Walters surrendered just one hit through six innings.

Alabama...

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No. 7 Florida Gators hosting Ole Miss

The Florida Gators are just one game behind the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC East with three weekends left in the college baseball season before the SEC Tournament. The Gators are coming off of a strong week, winners of their last six games, are looking to stay hot against

How to watch
Friday, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Sunday, 2 p.m. (SEC Network)

Pitching matchups
Fri: RHP Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.62 ERA) vs. RHP James McArthur (3-3, 3.08 ERA)
Sat: RHP Brady Singer (5-3, 2.09 ERA) vs. LHP Ryan Rolison (6-2, 1.84 ERA)
Sun: RHP Jackson Kowar (7-0, 3.90)...

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Alex Faedo named SEC Pitcher of the Week

Florida Gators junior pitcher Alex Faedo was named SEC Pitcher of the Week.

You wouldn’t have known it watching Faedo scream into his mitt after he was taken out with two outs in the top of the ninth but Faedo was exiting a gem. The junior was quick to note that that he does have a complete game under his belt, “a cheap 7-inning one” he recalled about his performance last year against Mississippi State in the 2016 SEC Tournament.

Faedo threw 8.2 innings against South Carolina, striking out 9 to just 3 hits...

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Alex Faedo’s dominance leads Florida Gators past South Carolina

Major League scouts are easy to pick out at ballparks. A baseball cap, lightweight golf polo and a jacket thrown over the top of their bag, which holds a radar gun, stop watch, IPad and notebooks. They were especially easy to spot on Thursday night as more than 20 gathered for what promised to be a premium pitching matchup between Florida’s Alex Faedo and South Carolina’s Clarke Schmidt.

The two juniors, both projected to be early selections in the 2017 MLB Draft, didn’t disappoint the scouts that came to see them, matching zeros for most of the night, but it was Faedo that outlasted...

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Florida Gators win pitching duel, shutout LSU

Deacon Liput put his right foot on third base and put his head down waiting for Craig Bell to tell him when to run. JJ Schwarz’s (0-3) fly ball was held up by the wind but deep enough to plate Liput from third, giving the Florida Gators (15-8, 1-3 SEC) a 1-0 lead over LSU (17-6, 3-1 SEC)that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Dozens of MLB scouts flocked to Gainesville on Saturday night with a blockbuster pitching matchup between two projected first round picks in Alex Faedo (4-1) and Alex Lange (3-2). The pair pitched with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team over the summer where they...

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No. 12 Florida Gators host No. 5 LSU at McKethan Stadium

The No. 12 Florida Gators (14-8, 0-3 SEC) return home to McKethan Stadium following four consecutive road games. Kevin O’Sullivan’s ballclub plays host this weekend to No. 5 LSU (17-5, 3-0 SEC) this weekend.

The Gators stumbled on the road last weekend, dropping all three games to start the 2017 SEC conference schedule at Auburn. LSU, on the other hand, was on the other end of a sweep, taking all three games at home against Georgia last weekend and shutout Southeastern Louisiana 8-2 on Wednesday night.

Weekend schedule/pitching matchups:

Friday, 7 p.m....

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Florida Gators handed 14-3 wakeup call at Auburn

Alex Faedo walked just seven batters in 26.1 innings entering the SEC opener at Auburn. He walked six over a forgetful four-plus innings of work in a 14-3 loss to the Auburn Tigers ( on Friday night.

A pitching duel between two Friday night aces turned into a lopsided affair with the Tigers posting season-high for runs (14) and posted its largest winning margin of the season.

Faedo (3-1, 2.93 ERA) entered the game with 21.2 consecutive scoreless innings. The junior, who is projected as a high-end first round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, was off his game and the Auburn batters made him pay...

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Florida Gators open SEC play at Auburn

The No. 5 Florida Gators (13-5) hit the road to kick off Southeastern Conference play this weekend against the Auburn Tigers (14-5) at Plainsman Park.

Florida, picked to finish first in the SEC by the league’s coaches are coming off of a midweek win over instate rival Florida State. Auburn played two midweek games, blanking UAB 4-0 and blasting Jacksonville State 10-1 on Wednesday.

Weekend schedule/Pitching matchups

Friday: (SEC Network +) RHP Alex Faedo (3-0, 1.37 ERA) vs. RHP Keegan Thompson (3-0, 0.64 ERA)
Saturday: (SEC Network +) RHP Brady Singer...

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Florida Gators bats come to life vs Seton Hall

JJ Schwarz stepped into the box with one out and one runner on in the bottom of the first inning hitting just .220 on the season. The junior jumped on the first pitch he saw, launching a two-run home run over the wall in left-center, jumpstarting the Florida Gators 8-0 win over Seton Hall on Friday night.

The home run was the second in as many bats for Schwarz and gave the Gators an early 2-0 lead.

“The first pitch I was just ready for it and put a good swing on it,” Schwarz said.

Seton Hall’s starter,

Faedo, Langworthy lead Florida Gators past Columbia

Austin Langworthy watched the first two offerings from Ethan Abrams sail out of the zone. Sitting on a 2-0 count he was looking for one pitch and Abrams was willing to oblige.

Langworthy turned on a fastball, launching a no-doubter into the night sky over the netting that is in place to protect the street behind right field and into the parking lot of Keys Complex — the first run of a 7-0 win for the Florida Gators (8-2) over Columbia (0-1).

“That one was far,” starting pitcher Alex Faedo (2-0) said after the game. “I’ve seen Deacon (Liput) hit them like that. I don’t know if...

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Faedo shines as Florida Gators beat Miami

The No. 2 Florida Gators (4-1) won 1-0 over No. 21 Miami in a pitcher's duel behind a spectacular performance from junior right hander Alex Faedo.

It was head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s 400th career win, a incredible feat considering he has only been at Florida for nine seasons.

A top MLB draft prospect, Faedo cruised for much of the night, throwing six 1-2-3 innings where he faced the minimum.

“I felt good out there. Sully talked to me a lot about working down more and not trying to do too much and I just tried to simplify the game a little bit more,” Faedo said.

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Florida Gators open baseball season with a win

The Florida Gators needed a run scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to avoid its first loss in a season opener since 2013, but they came away with a win over William and Mary, 5-4 on Friday night.

Junior Alex Faedo, a presumed top-10 pick in the upcoming MLB Draft earned the start. Faedo led the Southeastern Conference with 13 wins in 2016 but was off his game Friday. Faedo gave up one hit in the first before getting out of the first. He retired the first two he faced in the second inning before Brandon Raquet launched an opposite field home run, giving the Tribe an early lead....

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Florida Gators weekend rotation strong again

The Florida Gators made its tenth appearance in the College World Series last year on the back of their starting rotation. The Gators leaned on Logan Shore and A.J. Puk, both of whom were selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first two rounds of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Kevin O’Sullivan is tasked with replacing those two. That’s 46 career wins, more than 207 innings pitched and 499 strikeouts. Shore was as steady as any pitcher O’Sullivan has ever had. He won more consecutive decisions (16) in a row than any other pitcher at the University of Florida. Puk’s career went up and down but...

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Florida Gators baseball places six on All-American teams

The Florida Gators baseball team is less than three weeks from the 2017 season with the goal of getting back to the College World Series for the third season in a row.

Kevin O’Sullivan is confident his club has the talent to just that and on Monday Baseball America seemingly agreed with him when they released their All-American teams.

Friday night starter Alex Faedo was named a First Team All-American, leading a nation-high group of six players that were named...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators beat Georgia Tech 10-1

The Florida Gators swept through the Gainesville Regional with a perfect 3-0 record, beating Bethune Cookman Friday, Connecticut on Saturday and Georgia Tech on Sunday to advance to the Super Regionals.

The trio of wins pushed Florida’s all-time record in NCAA Regional play to 72-42 and advanced the Gators to its eighth Super Regional appearance (2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016) — the sixth under Kevin O’Sullivan.

Sophomore Alex Faedo took the mound on Sunday, earning the win and improving his Regional record to 2-0 (Faedo earned a win over FAU in 2015). Faedo was on...

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Florida Gators sweep Gainesville Regional

Dalton Guthrie fielded a ground ball cleanly, waited for Deacon Liput to get to second base and calmly flipped the ball for the final out of the Gainesville Regional. Shaun Anderson pumped a fist on the mound but that’s as far as the celebration would go as the Florida Gators swept the Gainesville Regional with a 10-1 win on Sunday night over Georgia Tech.

The win was Florida’s 50th of the season.

“We’ve got some work to do this week,” Kevin O’Sullivan said of his team. “Obviously our ultimate goal is to get to Omaha and win a National Championship.”

That’s been the...

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Florida Gators run rule No. 1 seed Mississippi State

JJ Schwarz came a home run away from being the first player to ever hit for the cycle in the SEC Tournament as the Florida Gators beat Mississippi State 12-2 via run rule in seven innings on Friday night.

JJ Schwarz doubled home a run in the first inning against LSU in the Florida Gators first SEC Tournament game. Schwarz went 0-3 with a walk after that. The Gators had been sporting postseason facial hair, and Schwarz was doing his best to play along with some blonde stubble above his upper lip. The loss brought out a razor, and with it Schwarz’s bat. The sophomore is 6-8 with two runs...

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Florida Gators baseball road to Omaha starts now

2016 was a record-breaking season for the Florida Gators baseball team. Kevin O’Sullivan’s ball club won a regular season school record 44-games, including 23-of-24 to start the season. They finished a perfect 14-0 in midweek games and spent most of the season ranked as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country. Florida is also the defending SEC Tournament Champions, with sights on winning the crown in back-to-back years.

All of those accomplishments are in the rearview mirror now. Wednesday night the Gators will play LSU in the SEC Tournament to begin postseason play. Even before Logan...

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Florida Gators salvage series at LSU with 6-2 win

After dropping back-to-back games for just the third time in 2016 the Florida Gators didn’t have time to feel sorry. Two hours after dropping the series to LSU the two teams were back on the diamond to settle the score. Due to Southeastern Conference rules, the series finale would be a seven-inning game.

“You’re gonna lose, you’re gonna win, that’s baseball,” sophomore catcher Mike Rivera said on the ESPNU broadcast after the game. “It’s all about how you come back.”

The Gators jumped out to an early two-run lead and used a big four-run fifth inning to thwart LSU’s...

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Error of their ways, Florida Gators drop opener to LSU

The Florida Gators entered Friday night’s game against the LSU Tigers with a nation best .986 fielding percentage, committing just 28 errors in 52 games. Two errors in the eighth, and three on the night sunk Florida on Friday night, dropping game one to LSU 5-4.

Making his first appearance since April 12 (vs. FSU), Nick Horvath took the mound in the eighth for the Gators (43-10, 18-9 SEC) in a tie game. The utility player earned the first out of the inning on a ground ball, but the speedy Cole Freeman reached on an error, the second of the inning, to get the LSU (38-16, 18-10) rally...

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Florida Gators could win SEC in Baton Rouge this weekend

The final week of the regular season is upon us and the schedule makers have blessed us with a premier matchup. The No. 1 Florida Gators (43-9, 18-8 SEC) hit the road this week to face the No. 8 LSU Tigers (37-16, 17-10 SEC) at one of the best college baseball stadiums in the country — Alex Box Stadium.

Florida currently holds a half game lead (due to a Sunday rainout at South Carolina) over Mississippi State and Texas A&M and a one game lead over South Carolina in the East. This weekend Mississippi State hosts Arkansas, Texas A&M hosts Ole Miss and South Carolina hits the road to...

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Florida Gators bounce back, take series win over Vanderbilt

The Florida Gators and Vanderbilt Commodores entered Sunday’s rubber-match with rested bullpens thanks to a pair of complete games from Logan Shore on Friday and Kyle Wright on Saturday. In a series where offense has been at a premium and with both clubs boasting fully stocked and ready to go bullpens, Sunday promised to be more of the same.

So, naturally, the Gators (43-9, 18-8 SEC) won a 10-6 offensive showcase on Sunday over Vanderbilt (37-15, 15-12 SEC).

Two days removed from losing their best bat in Pete Alonso and less than a day removed from being shutout the Gator bats slugged...

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No. 1 Florida Gators host No. 7 Vanderbilt in pivotal series

This weekend the No. 1 Florida Gators (41-8, 16-7 SEC) will host the No. 7 Vanderbilt Commodores (36-13, 14-10 SEC) for a three game series at McKethan Stadium that will go a long way towards deciding the winner of the SEC.

With just two weekends left before the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama, this series will feature a slew of future Major League players trying to battle it out for the chance to position themselves for a championship.

“This is why you come to Florida. This is why you wanna play in the SEC, for weekends like this,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We...

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Florida Gators baseball sends four to Team USA

For the second year in a row the Florida Gators baseball team will have four players representing the University of Florida on the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Sophomores Dalton Guthrie, Alex Faedo and Mike Rivera will join the team for the first time while JJ Schwarz will return to the team for the second summer in a row.

“I think it’s the highest honor a player can get,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We were very fortunate last year to have four guys and follow it up with four different players, actually this is JJ’s second trip. It’s awesome. It’s...

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No. 2 Florida Gators travel to Arkansas

The No. 2 Florida Gators (30-5, 8-4 SEC) take their show on the road for a rare three-game series that begins on Thursday. The Gators traveled to Arkansas (21-12, 4-8 SEC) after clinching a season sweep of rival FSU on Tuesday night in Tallahassee. This trip marks the halfway point of Florida’s conference schedule.

Schedule:
Thursday — 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Friday — 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Saturday — 3 p.m. (SEC Network +)
*All times are Eastern Standard

Last Week

The...

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Faedo falters, Florida Gators drop first home game of 2016

The streak that began 332 days ago won’t live to see 30.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs (22-9-1, 7-4 SEC) ended the Florida Gators (29-4, 8-3 SEC) 29-game home winning streak with a 10-4 win on Saturday night. The 10 runs are the most Florida has given up in a game since May 1 (11 in a loss to Georgia) of 2015.

Sophomore Alex Faedo’s night was one to forget. Faedo entered the game having given up just 12 earned runs over a team-high 42.2 innings pitched, but would give up nine earned over five innings of work on Saturday.

“It wasn’t the best start for Alex, but in Alex’s...

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