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Florida Gators CWS run hinging on Jackson Kowar

OMAHA, Neb. — Kevin O’Sullivan is the last of the Florida Gators still in TD Ameritrade. The players and the rest of his staff have retreated to the team bus that will take the Gators back to their hotel.

He's not in a rush. The bus isn't going to leave him at the stadium like he were Lane Kiffin.

For just the third time in 11 trips Florida is 2-0 in Omaha. O’Sullivan has gotten 14 innings from his starting pitchers including 20 strikeouts to just one earned run. He’s only had to use three pitchers out of the bullpen.

It’s a dream scenario but O’Sullivan,...

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Florida Gators revelling their underdog role in College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — There is no greater stage in College baseball than TD Ameritrade Park and the College World Series. The pressure of just stepping between the white lines can make a game you’ve played your entire life feel foreign and make your knees weak.

Then, when you’re stacked like the Florida Gators were in 2016, after you’ve beat up on every opponent you’ve faced all season people start talking. The guys out in the Las Vegas desert make you a favorite. Reporters’ questions come in bigger than softballs, praise is heaped on you and you start to listen to it....

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Brady Singer dominates for Gators in win over Louisville

OMAHA, Neb — Austin Langworthy knew he hit it well but he’d never hit a home run to the opposite field in a park like TD Ameritrade so he put his head down and hustled to first. The ball kept carrying before it found the left field foul pole for a home run.

The Gators came into the College World Series with 50 home runs on the season but they added two more to power past Louisville 5-1 and advance to the bracket two championship game.

“That was a little different than running around the bases in Gainesville or anywhere else,” Langworthy said. “It’s a big...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators vs Louisville Cardinals CWS game 2

OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators arrive at TD Ameritrade park and prepare for their second game of the 2017 College World Series against the Louisville Cardinals.

The Gators and Cardinals are both 1-0 in the 2017 CWS and the winner of this game advances to the bracket championship.

To view a photo, click a thumbnail. Once it opens up, you can click right or left of the photo to go to the next one. Enjoy!

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Florida’s Rembrandt: Alex Faedo finishes his latest masterpiece

OMAHA, Neb. — Jim Schlossnagle has seen a lot of baseball in his 27 years as a coach. The performance he watched from Alex Faedo on Sunday was unlike anything he’d seen before.

Faedo had made 50 appearances in three years at Florida so Schlossnagle and the TCU Horned Frogs has a book on the junior hurler. It just, as Schlossnagle put it, didn’t matter.

“Having a game plan and executing against a great pitcher are two different things,” he said.

The canvas for one of Faedo’s masterpieces starts blank. He was the last Gator out of the clubhouse on Sunday. He...

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Florida Gators end three-game CWS skid with win over TCU

OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators players didn’t know it, but a loss to TCU on Sunday night would have been their fourth in a row at the College World Series.

That would have tied a record that you don’t want your name associated with.

“Last year was close, those two teams just grinded out victories,” Sunday night starter Alex Faedo said. “It just feels a lot better starting off 1-0.”

Getting to Omaha is great. Freshman Austin Langworthy called it “a dream” and admitted that he had nerves heading into his first game under the bright lights of Omaha....

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Gators don’t expect Nelson Maldonado to miss time with ankle injury

OMAHA, Neb — Nelson Maldonado singled to left field to score Dalton Guthrie and extend the Florida Gators lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning. A pitching change and three batters later he was limping off the field.

With Maldonado standing on second base Mike Rivera grounded a ball sharply to the third baseman. It was a tailor made inning ending double play but Maldonado hustled and tried to turn the bag at third. If there was a throwing error or something happened, he wanted to score. That turned into a rolled ankle.

“It was tough” Maldonado said. “It was a sharp...

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Florida Gators blank TCU to open College World Series run

OMAHA, Neb — Alex Faedo walked out of the Florida Gators locker room after everyone else had already spilled out and onto the field. The junior sat quietly before going through his normal pre-game routine. Nobody talked to the stone-faced ace as he sat alone in the dugout or as he warmed up in the left field bullpen.

TCU didn’t have anything to say to Faedo either.

Florida’s ace was unhittable early as the Florida Gators beat TCU 3-0 to open their run at the College World Series.

“I try to pitch big in big games,” Faedo told Gator Country. “I guess...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators vs TCU Horned Frogs pregame

OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators arrive for their first game of the 2017 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. The Gators will face the TCU Horned Frogs, who are making their fourth consecutive College World Series appearance.

Here is Gator Country’s photo gallery, shot by Nick de la Torre, as the Gators arrive at the park and go through their pregame warmups in preparation for the CWS.

To view a photo, click a thumbnail. Once it opens up, you can click right or left of the photo to go to the next one. Enjoy!

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Florida Gators unapologetic about being in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb — You’ll have to excuse Kevin O’Sullivan if he doesn’t care what you think about his Florida Gators ballclub.

More than 300 teams started playing baseball back on fields with empty stands in the fall and there are only eight teams left playing baseball this week.

Shortly following the Gators Monday night win over Wake Forest to advance to O’Sullivan’s sixth College World Series, and third straight, questions began coming in questioning how Florida made it this far. How did a ragtag bunch of kids that don’t hit for power, don’t really hit for average and who...

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Florida Gators CWS opponent preview: TCU Horned Frogs

OMAHA, Neb — You save the best for last, which is why the (3) Florida Gators and (6) TCU Horned Frogs will be the last of the four opening games this weekend at the College World Series.

The Gators have made three consecutive trips to Omaha, only TCU’s four consecutive trips bests that. Five National Seeds made the College World Series, but only two of them will face off during the first four games — TCU and Florida.

TCU has made a home in Omaha. Their eight seniors and one redshirt junior have finished every single one of their seasons at TCU at the College World...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators arrive at the College World Series

OMAHA, Neb — The Florida Gators arrive at TD Ameritrade Park for their 11th College World Series appearance, including six under Kevin O’Sullivan and third in a row.

Here is our photo gallery from the Gators’ first practice of the CWS.

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Kevin O’Sullivan’s philosophy changing at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb.  — In the underbelly of TD Ameritrade Park Kevin O’Sullivan sits between three other coaches, arms folded with a simile and a shiner under his left eye.

“My 4-year-old right in the back, Finn,” O’Sullivan smiled and pointed to his son in the back of the room, who was looking down at a screen, playing a game on his dad’s phone. “He's playing the game just like the players. How are you doing, buddy?”

O’Sullivan has been through the College World Series pomp, he knows what is expected of him, the media obligations, the competition level, the distractions and...

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College World Series Schedule, TV, Team snapshots

The Florida Gators punched their ticket to Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series for the 11th time in School history, the sixth time in the last eight years and the third season in a row.

The Gators are one of five National Seeds to make it to Omaha, joining (1) Oregon State, (4) LSU, (6) TCU and (7) Louisville.

Let’s take a look at the field that the Gators will face off against when they get to Omaha, the full schedule for the College World Series and the TV/Broadcast information.

SCHEDULE (all times Eastern Standard)

Saturday, June 17
Game 1: 3 PM -...

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Mike Rivera drafted in the sixth round of the MLB Draft

The Cleveland Indians selected Florida Gators catcher Mike Rivera with the 192nd pick in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

Rivera, a three-year starter behind the dish for the Gators, is the third Gator selected in the draft, following Alex Faedo (18th - Detroit) and Dalton Guthrie (173rd - Philadelphia). The slotted signing bonus for the 192 pick is $228,000.

A defensive minded catcher, Mike Rivera is a throw back player. He prides himself in his defense, his intensity and his ability to handle Florida’s pitching staff, where he’s caught a slew of first rounders, including...

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Dalton Guthrie selected in the 6th round of the MLB Draft

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Florida Gators shortstop Dalton Guthrie with the 173rd overall pick in the sixth round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Guthrie, who was named to the All-SEC Defensive team this season, dazzled with the leather at shortstop after taking over for Richie Martin two seasons ago. He’s also the third highest middle infielder drafted under Kevin O’Sullivan behind Martin (20th overall - Oakland) and Nolan Fontana (61st - Houston) and the seventh middle infielder drafted during O’Sullivan’s tenure.

The Minnesota Twins selected Guthrie in the 40th round of...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators going back to Omaha!

Through more than 10 hours of rain delays over three days the Florida Gators, as they have all season, persevered.

The Gators were dealt a blow losing the second game of the Gainesville Regional on Monday, after rain suspended play on Sunday.

The Gators used pitching performances from Brady Singer, Tyler Dyson and Alex Faedo to combine for a shutout and some offense from Jonathan India, Mike Rivera and JJ Schwarz to beat Wake Forest 3-0, advancing to its third consecutive College World Series.

Here is Gator Country’s photo gallery from the third and decisive game.

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Dyson’s performance propels Florida Gators back to College World Series

Brady Singer was livid and the ESPN cameras caught most of it on Sunday afternoon. Singer, and the Florida Gators, had a right to be.

The sophomore was forced into action on Saturday after rain chased Alex Faedo from the opening game of the Gainesville Super Regional. Singer threw four innings of two-hit, shutout ball before handing it off to Michael Byrne. Byrne would blow the save, leaving Singer out of the decision. Singer had another opportunity to come back and pitch in the Super Regional, but rain forced him off the mound after two innings and a ticket to Omaha on the line.

Three...

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Florida Gators advance to College World Series for third year in a row

After more than 10 hours of rain delays and walk off wins for both teams the Florida Gators got to dog pile on the pitcher’s mound with a 3-0 win over Wake Forest to advance to the College World Series.

This is Kevin O’Sullivan’s sixth trip to Omaha for the CWS in 10 seasons and the Gators’ third consecutive trip.

It couldn’t have been done without the performance of Tyler Dyson. The freshman, who didn’t start pitching until his senior season of high school, was brilliant in a career-long outing. Dyson gave up a single to the first batter he faced and then promptly sat down...

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Alex Faedo drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft

After three years at the University of Florida pitcher Alex Faedo realized a childhood dream when he was selected 19th overall in the 2017 MLB Draft. Faedo was drafted in the 40th round (1,210 overall) by the Tigers in 2014.

As the 18th overall selection Faedo is slotted to sign a contract worth $3.2 million dollars.

Faedo’s career .813 winning percentage (26-6) is fourth all-time at Florida among pitchers with at least 20 decisions. He also ranks third-all time in strikeouts.

“The thing that separates Alex from maybe most people in his position is he’s been able to handle all...

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Florida Gators second Super Regional game suspended until Monday

The Florida Gators and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will resume play of the Gainesville Super Regional on Monday at 1:04 p.m. due to an extensive rain delay during Game Two on Sunday. After nearly five innings of play, a storm that spread across the state of Florida halted the game.

The Gators were trailing the Deacons 5-4 at the time the delay began.

Florida, the away team for the day, took its biggest blow of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Starting pitcher Jackson Kowar was not bringing his best stuff on the mound, and the strong offense of Wake Forest took full advantage of...

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Larson lifts Florida Gators past Wake Forest in extra innings

A 3 p.m. start to Super Regionals between the Florida Gators (46-17) and Wake Forest Demon Deacons (42-19) turned into a late night in Gainesville on Saturday. The Gators and Deacons were set to play in what was expected to become and instant classic matchup, and Saturday’s game delivered.
Junior pitcher Alex Faedo took the mound for Florida as scheduled, but what had the potential to be one of his best outings of the year was cut short by the inevitable post-season weather delay.
Faedo pitched four scoreless innings, fanning nine Wake Forest batters and only giving up four hits and one...

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Florida Gators vs. Wake Forest preview: A battle for Omaha

This weekend’s Super Regional between the No. 3 Florida Gators and No. 13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons draws a great deal of interest to Gainesville, mostly because the two teams are polar opposites.

The best-of-three series will put the strengths of both clubs to the test. Gator Country is here to bring a closer look at the ins and outs of this win or go home matchup.

Schedule:

Saturday, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, 3 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Monday, TBA 1 p.m./4 p.m./7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

How they got here:

The Gators have been one of the best teams in...

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Michael Byrne a finalist for stopper of the year

Florida Gators sophomore Michael Byrne is one of five finalists for the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.

Byrne did not appear on the Preseason (Feb 13) or mid season (April 26) watch lists but crashed the finalist list with his SEC-leading 16 saves.

“He didn’t even start the season as our closer,” Kevin O’Sullivan said after a Regional win over USF. “Our team has got a lot of confidence in him. To be honest with you he’s probably the main reason we won 17 one-run games now.”

Byrne began the season as a midweek...

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Florida Gators and Demon Deacons took different paths to Super Regionals

All roads lead to Omaha and the College World Series.

Since Kevin O’Sullivan has been the head coach at the University of Florida, one of those roads normally goes right through Gainesville and this season is no different.

The No. 3 Florida Gators will play host to the No. 13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons this weekend in the Gainesville Super Regional. It’s a best of three format with the winner getting a crack at winning the final game of the season and the loser watching the World Series from home.

To be one of the last 16 teams playing baseball in June is an accomplishment in...

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Gainesville Super Regional: Dates, Times, TV information, how to watch online

For the third straight year the Florida Gators have advanced to the Super Regional stage of the NCAA Tournament and they will host Wake Forest in the Gainesville Super Regional.

How did each team get here?

Florida Gators (44-17)
The Gators won the SEC regular season title before falling short in the SEC Tournament. Florida earned a No. 3 National Seed and with it the opportunity to host both a Regional and Super Regional.

The Gators opened up the NCAA Tournament with a 10-6 win over Marist and then a 5-1, 12-inning nail-biting win over USF in the second game of the Regional....

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Florida Gators advance to third-straight Super Regional

For the third time this weekend Kevin O’Sullivan put the ball and the game into the hands of his closer Michael Byrne. The sophomore, who has been nails all season, knew what he needed to do. Byrne got the final seven outs of the game to earn his 16th save of the season and preserve a 6-1 win to send the Florida Gators to its third-consecutive Super Regional.

Byrne was the MVP for the Gators this weekend. He threw 10 scoreless innings out of the bullpen and factored into all of the Gators’ wins this weekend (1 win, 2 saves).

As is the case in most game sevens in Regional play the...

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Bethune-Cookman forces “if necessary” game with 6-2 win

Bethune-Cookman had played the Florida Gators 31 times coming into Sunday’s Regional Final in Gainesville. All 31 times the Wildcats had come out on the losing end. That streak ended on Saturday with a historic 6-2 win.

“This one is even bigger for our program,” Wildcats manager Jason Beverlin said after the game. “To beat someone the caliber of Florida in a championship game to force it to the ‘if necessary game’ is huge.”

The Gators were the home team on Saturday. Florida has been to a Regional in every season since Kevin O’Sullivan took over as head coach and had swept...

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Reese’s run helps Florida Gators to 5-1 extra inning win over USF

Blake Reese was out of gas, luckily he only needed to trudge on 90-more feet after a pair of throwing errors sent him 270 feet around the bases and home, breaking a 1-1 tie that had lasted six innings.

“I was out of gas, I was seeing stars by the time I got home,” Reese said after the 12-inning game. “I felt like I was moving in slow motion. The guys said I was moving pretty good. It didn’t feel like it but I’ll take it.”

Kevin O’Sullivan and the Florida Gators will take it, too, and they’ll take a 5-1 extra inning win to advance to the Gainesville Regional final for the...

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Florida Gators win a sloppy Regional opener over Marist

Clinging to a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the eighth JJ Schwarz walked up to the plate, the owner of three strikeouts already, with two outs.

"I just knew my first few at-bats of the game weren’t my best at bats,” Schwarz said. “But I stepped in the box and had a lot of confidence in myself. “I knew I was going to put that behind me, and I was trying to come up big for my teammates.”

Did he ever.

Schwarz worked himself into a 3-1 count and clobbered a three-run home run (his 10th of the season) over the bleachers in left field, all but slamming the door shut on a sloppy 10-6...

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