The Florida Gators baseball season is past the halfway point. It may seem like it’s flown by but for a struggling hitter watching fly balls turn into cans of corn, ground balls turn into double plays and his draft stock plummet like the Dow Jones in 2008, it can seem like purgatory.
JJ Schwarz entered what was surely to be his final season in Gainesville ready to make a splash. Everybody remembers the freshman that hit .332 with an incredible 18 home runs. Schwarz helped lead that Gators team to the College World Series that year and his “ceiling” seemed far to0 high to be seen or...
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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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It was déjà vu all over again on Saturday afternoon.
The Gators loaded the bases with nobody out on Friday night but couldn’t push a run across the plate. Trailing 5-3 on Saturday afternoon the Gators loaded the bases with no outs again. Florida had managed just one run, on a ground ball double play, with bases loaded and no outs in the second inning on Saturday as well.
JJ Schwarz walked up to the plate. The Gators were hitting just 2-21 (.095) and one RBI with runners in scoring position. Schwarz was just 2-8 on the weekend himself.
“We’ve been struggling with the bases...
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Gator Country’s photo gallery from the Florida Gators 4-2 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday, April 21, 2017.
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Carlos Cortes uncorked a Brady Singer 94-mph fastball high towards the foul pole in right field. Cortes celebrated with a bat flip as the first base umpire singled a home run, but Kevin O’Sullivan was already off of his perch on the top step of the dugout to contest the call.
Cortes’ home run carried over the foul pole in right field and the two-run blast stood after an instant replay check. It was the first home run Singer had given up in his career (108.1 innings) and led the way to a 4-2 South Carolina win Friday night, evening the series.
“They called it fair so it’s fair,”...
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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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Dalton Guthrie hit a 1-1 fastball into right field with one out in the fifth inning to bring home Keenan Bell and give the Gators its first lead in a 2-1 win on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium.
Guthrie was 2-14 (.143) in the first three games last week before a 2-4, two home run game on Saturday and a 2-3 performance on Tuesday night. The junior middle infielder that has battled an elbow injury since before the season is enjoying the streak. “It’s a lot better, that’s for sure,” he said.
“It’s very easy to jump off a guy’s bandwagon when he’s struggling,” Kevin...
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The Florida Gators have had a rough offensive start to the season but it seems the bats have woken up over the past week for the Gators.
In three of the past four games, the Gators have scored 10 or better runs, exploding for a season-high 20 runs in the series finale win 20-8 against Vanderbilt.
All 9 of the Gator starters had hits and 8 of the 9 had multiple hits.
The Gators got it going early with two first inning home runs; a solo shot by Dalton Guthrie(who would add another home run later), and Nelson Maldonado’s towering 3 run shot that inched over the 30-foot wall in...
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The No. 12 Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt in spectacular fashion on Thursday night but ran into a buzz saw on Friday. For the second year in a row Vanderbilt junior Kyle Wright threw a complete game, three hit shutout, leading Vanderbilt to a 2-0 win, evening the series.
I think that was the best pitched game, by both sides, I think I've seen in 10 years," Kevin O'Sullivan said after the game. "The way both guys, I don't want to overstate this, but the way both guys threw they probably could have pitched in the big leagues if they could have handled that type of an atmosphere. It was...
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The No. 12 Florida Gators looked snakebitten on Thursday night in Nashville. The Gators committed three errors, spotting Vanderbilt early runs, Alex Faedo wasn’t sharp and they stranded 13 base runners. Dalton Guthrie, representing the tying run in the eight inning was tagged out at home after a passed ball in the eighth inning took a fortunate bounce for Vanderbilt, allowing Jason delay to get the ball and beat Guthrie back to the plate.
It looked like it wouldn’t be their night until a five-run, five hit ninth inning explosion that pushed Florida (23-11, 7-6 SEC) past Vanderbilt...
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A six-run fourth inning propelled the No. 12 Florida Gators past the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. The Gators swept the three-game season series over FSU with a 10-7 win.
Florida got off to a shaky start. FSU shortstop Taylor Walls led the game off with a solo home run to right field, the first leadoff home run for a Seminole players since 2012. Freshman starter Tyler Dyson walked the next batter before recording two outs but gave up the second run of the game when Drew Mendoza doubled home Tyler Daughtry, who walked earlier.
After going down in order on...
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After taking losses on Friday and Saturday, Florida Gators reliever Michael Byrne got another chance on Sunday. Byrne recorded the final six out of Florida’s 5-4 win on Sunday, avoiding what would have been a devastating sweep at home to Tennessee.
Florida jumped out to a quick lead in the second inning when Nelson Maldonado walked and moved to second when Christian Hicks hit a one-out single to right. Nick Horvath drew his first of two walks on the afternoon to load the bases and Deacon Liput beat out what would have been an inning-ending 5-3 double play to allow Maldonado to...
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Benito Santiago line a ball into the left center gap and Justin Ammons rounded third. Ryan Larson got a good jump and was able to cut the ball off before it reached the outfield wall. In one fluid motion, Larson scooped the ball, turned his body around and fired a strike to Dalton Guthrie, who was six steps onto the outfield grass. Guthrie mishandled the transition and Ammons scored to give Tennessee a 3-2 lead in the tenth.
That may have been the nail in the coffin for the game and series, but it wasn’t the Gators shot themselves in the foot before the tenth inning with base running and...
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JACKSONVILLE — Mike Rivera entered Tuesday night’s game hitting just .234. The junior catcher had struggled at the plate all season but stepped up to the plate in the first inning with an opportunity to break the game open.
Rivera worked the count to 2-2 and got a changeup from Florida State starter Andrew Karp. Rivera waited back and hit the ball high to left field, carrying over the wall and into the waiting arms of a young fan to give Florida a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, leading the Gators’ path to a 4-1 win.
“I did watch it,” Rivera said with a laugh. “Usually if...
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Brady Singer is already being looked at as a potential first round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Saturday he showed it, throwing his first career complete game as the No. 12 Florida Gators (16-8, 2-3 SEC) beat No. 5 LSU (17-7, 3-2 SEC) 8-1 on Saturday.
Singer (3-1, 1.58) was dominant, holding the SEC’s second-best offense to just six hits. LSU manager Paul Mainieri has seen some great pitchers during his 10 years at LSU and more than 30 years coaching at the college level.
“I now know what it feels like for other teams that played against Aaron Nola,” Mainieri said of his former...
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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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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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Freshman Kirby McMullen earned his second win of the season and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th Tuesday. It wasn’t pretty, but the Florida Gators (14-8) ended its three-game losing streak with a 9-8 extra inning win over the Stetson Hatters (8-15).
Coming off of a strong start against Florida State Nate Brown drew the rare road start for a freshman. Brown wasn’t sharp early on, giving up a run in the first inning. Brown gave up five hits over 2.1 innings before Nick Horvath took over in the third. Horvath got out of a jam in the third and held Stetson scoreless in the fourth....
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The Florida Gators’ bats have struggled all season but they’ve been able to count on their pitching staff and their defense through the first five weeks of the 2017 season. The gloves let them down as the Auburn Tigers were able to finish off a sweep of the Gators (13-8, 0-3 SEC) on Sunday afternoon.
Florida committed a season-high three errors on the day, including throwing error by pitcher Frank Rubio that allowed the winning run cross the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
“Frank went the wrong way on a bunt play, he should have went to the first base line because JJ's got to...
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The Friday night pitching showcase was pushed back a day, apparently, with two right-handed sophomores besting hitters at Plainsman Park on Saturday afternoon.
It was Casey Mize (3-0, 0.30 ERA) that got the best of Brady Singer (2-1, 1.74 ERA), although batters on both teams will be glad they don’t have to face these two again. Auburn (16-5, 2-0 SEC) beat the Gators 2-1, taking the series. It’s the first time the Florida Gators (13-7, 0-2 SEC) have lost the opening conference series since 2013. That Florida team lost two-of-three to Kentucky and finished the season 29-30.
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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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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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McKethan Stadium was the stage for two top-five teams when the newly ranked No. 1 Florida State Seminoles traveled to Gainesville to take on the No. 5 Florida Gators in the Sunshine State Showdown.
Both teams were coming off of weekend series’ where they triumphed 2-1.
The Gators have had a lot of success over the Noles, winners of eight of the last nine and 13 of the last 16 matchups. That success continued on Tuesday with a 1-0 shutout win. To date the Gators have shutout Florida State in 31 consecutive innings.
Last night it was a check swing single off the bat of Mark Kolozsvary...
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In the box score it looks like a line drive and that’s how Mark Kolozsvary will remember his go-ahead single in the seventh inning.
The excuse me swing gave the Gators a 1-0 lead that they would hold on to, handing the newly anointed No. 1 team in the country its fourth loss of the season.
The No. 5 Florida Gators were struggling to figure out Florida State starter Andrew Karp. The junior righty had struck out nine batters heading into the seventh and was cruising. Jonathan India got a fastball over the plate, lacing it into the right-center gap for a one-out double before Karp struck...
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Ryan Larson stepped to the plate in the fifth inning holding a distinction he’d rather not be in ownership of. It had been 127 games since Larson had hit a home run, the longest drought of any hitter on the team. The senior hit a 2-1 fastball over the wall in left field to end the drought and clubbed another home run in the seventh to tie the game as the Florida Gators went on to win the series over Seton hall with a 4-3 win after dropping the first game 3-2.
Forecasted rain forced the Gators and Pirates to play a doubleheader on Saturday.
The first game saw Kevin O’Sullivan switch...
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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,
Gage Morey took off on contact nearly as soon as the ball left Jonathan India’s bat. The centerfielder picked a spot near the visitor’s bullpen in right center field, tucked his head down and just started running. Some 15-20 steps later Morey laid out and snagged Jonathan India’s potential game-tying hit.
The No. 2 Florida Gators (10-4) fell to No. 23 FGCU (12-2) 3-2 on Wednesday night, falling to 1-4 in midweek games and pushed them to and even .500 (4-4) against in-state opponents.
Kevin O’Sullivan trotted out his 14th different lineup in 14 games, shaking up the top of the...
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An uncharacteristic error from third baseman Jonathan India paved the way for a four-run fourth inning and helped sink the No. 2 Florida Gators (10-3) on the road against No. 23 FGCU (11-2), 7-2.
The Gators have a perfect 9-0 record at home this season but continued struggling away from McKethan Stadium with their third loss of the year.
The Gators got on the board first in the third inning. Deacon Liput singled through the left side with one out and scored two batters later when Dalton Guthrie singled. The Eagles countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame.
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It took a shrewd eye for the No. 2 Florida Gators (10-2) to finish off a weekend sweep of the Columbia Lions (0-3). The Gators worked a season-high 12 walks en route to an 8-4 win on Sunday, their ninth consecutive win at home.
Jackson Kowar (3-0) earned the start for the Gators and made quick work of the Lions. He needed just six pitches to finish a clean first, 13 to retire the Lions in the second and just six more to do the same in the third. The second time around wasn’t as clean.
Julian Bury doubled to start the fourth and advanced to third after a groundout to shortstop. Kyle...
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Jonathan India walked to the plate in he seventh inning of a game that was quickly getting away from the Florida Gators (9-2). The Columbia Lions (0-2) pushed a run across the board in the sixth inning and Florida’s bats, which looked to wake up on Friday night, had run cold.
India didn’t waste time. He swung at the first pitch and slammed a two-out ground-rule double into the visitor’s bullpen. That started a two-out rally that eventually led to the Gators’ 7-2 win on Saturday night.
A scary moment followed India’s double. JJ Schwarz hit a line drive right back at Columbia...
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