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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.

He...

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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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No. 1 Florida Gators host the No. 5 Mississippi State Bulldogs

Playing baseball in the SEC doesn’t lend itself to many easy weekends. Last week the No. 1 Florida Gators (28-3, 7-2 SEC) hosted then No. 1 Texas A&M (22-7, 4-5 SEC) at McKethan Stadium. This week Florida will face SEC West leading No. 5* Mississippi State (21-8-1, 6-3 SEC) for another three-game weekend series.

Weekend Schedule
Friday — 5:30 p.m. (SEC Network+)
Saturday — 7:00 p.m. (SEC Network+)
Sunday — 4:00 p.m. (SEC Network)

Last Week

The Gators bounced back from a...

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Alonso slugs Florida Gators past Texas A&M

An 80-pitch, 45 minute first inning filled with a leadoff home run, five runs and six hits and an error was an odd way to start the night. At the end of the day the No. 2 Florida Gators (26-3, 6-2 SEC) bested No. 1 Texas A&M (22-5, 4-5 SEC), 7-2, taking the series.

“Wait, 80 pitches? I didn’t even know it was that bad,” Jeremy Vasquez said when told just how long that first frame was. “Shoot, I didn’t know it was that bad. I just knew that in the fourth inning it felt like it was the eighth inning already.”

Alex Faedo, normally the Sunday starter, had his start bumped up...

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No. 2 Florida Gators host No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies

For the first time this season the No. 2 Florida Gators (24-3, 4-2 SEC) will host a game at McKethan Stadium not ranked as the best team in the country. The Mac, however, will host a No. 1 team as the new No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies (22-3, 4-2). The Aggies are the highest ranked opponent to visit Gainesville since No. 2 Miami in 2005, with the Gators taking two of three.

Last Week:

Florida extended its winning streak to 17 games with a Friday night win in Lexington but fell twice to Kentucky to lose its first series of the year. The Gators bounced back with a win over...

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No. 1 Florida Gators take winning streak to Lexington

The No. 1 Florida Gators (22-1, 3-0 SEC) are packing up a 16-game winning streak and hitting the road for its first conference series of the season against the Kentucky Wildcats (15-5, 2-1 SEC). Florida is off to the best start in school history, just edging the 2012 squad that started 21-2.

Florida Gators sweep Missouri, extend winning streak to 15

The No. 1 Florida Gators (21-1, 3-0 SEC) withstood a four run sixth inning by the Missouri Tigers (14-9, 0-3 SEC) to finish off the opening weekend of conference play with a sweep. The Gators’ 7-5 win on Sunday was its 15th consecutive win this season and the 23rd consecutive win dating back to last season — one shy of a school record.

Florid jumped on the board early. Dalton Guthrie shook off an 0-5 game on Saturday with a lead off single and Buddy Reed blasted his second home run of the season to left field, giving Florida a 2-0 advantage.

"It's not about me, it's about the...

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Florida Gators baseball prepare to host Missouri Tigers

The Florida Gators baseball team is riding high on a 12-game winning streak this season and a 20-game home winning streak dating back to last season. Their 18-1 mark has allowed the team to retain their No. 1 preseason ranking through the first month of the season but SEC play, the season within the season, kicks off Friday as Florida (18-1) hosts Missouri (14-6) this weekend at McKethan Stadium.

Florida was picked by 13 coaches as the preseason favorite to win the SEC, with every coach in the league (other than Kevin O’Sullivan who couldn’t vote for his own team) picking Florida. That...

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Florida Gators sweep Harvard, push winning streak to 11

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. The No. 1 Florida Gators and Harvard’s three game series that was supposed to end on Sunday was changed due to forecasted inclimate weather on Sunday, so the Gators and Crimson summoned the spirit of Ernie Banks and played two on Saturday.

The Gators (17-1) used a pair of three run home runs to power past Harvard (2-5)  in game one 9-2 and a career-best 13 strikeouts of 8.1 innings of two hit baseball from Alex Faedo to sweep the series with a 3-1 victory.

Game one:

Junior left-hander A.J. Puk drew the start...

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Gators come back to finish weekend sweep of Dartmouth

The No. 1 Florida Gators (12-1) finished off a three-game sweep of Dartmouth (0-6) on Sunday with a come from behind 8-6 victory.

The Big Green came out swinging after a walk-off loss in extra innings on Saturday. Joe Purritano worked a walk after getting down in a 0-2 hole. Sunday starter Alex Faedo worked back, earning an innocent fly ball to shortstop before a Kyle Holbrook single gave the Big Green runners on the corners. Michael Ketchmark followed that up with a single of his own, scoring Purritano and moving Holbrook to third. Steffen Torgersen extended the lead with a RBI single to...

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