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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 need extra innings to beat Stetson

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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Auburn Tigers sweep No. 5 Florida Gators

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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Florida Gators waste good start from Singer, drop series

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.

The Tigers...

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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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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators shutout Florida State

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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Florida Gators baseball blanks No. 1 Seminoles

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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Florida Gators split doubleheader, take series over Seton Hall

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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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,

FGCU hands Florida Gators second loss of the week

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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Road woes continue for Florida Gators

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.

The...

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Florida Gators walk their way to a weekend sweep

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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Florida Gators use a strong seventh inning to take series

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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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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UCF Knights take it to Florida Gators, 11-2

The UCF Knights (8-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on their way to a convincing 11-2 win over the Florida Gators (7-2) on Wednesday night in Orlando. Florida

A night after barely squeaking by the Knights in a 4-3 win, Florida couldn’t muster anything at the plate and their trusty pitching fell flat.

Michael Byrne (1-1) earned the start and brought a perfect 0.00 ERA to the mound at Jay Bregman Field. The Knights got to Byrne early when Elli Putnam tripled to center field on the third pitch of the game. An infield single from Hamblin four pitches later put UCF on the...

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Florida Gators lean on Horvath in 4-3 win over UCF

Nick Horvath trotted in from center field to pitch. He had to make a pit stop in the dugout to get his pitching glove. With two outs and the tying run on second base in a 4-3 game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Horvath struck out Austin Griffin to give the Florida Gators (7-1) a 4-3 win over UCF (7-1).

It wasn’t the first big situation Horvath faced on Tuesday night.

Horvath was initially brought in to pitch in the seventh inning. Freshman Andrew Baker gave up back-to-back hits to start the frame and was quickly replaced by Garrett Milchin. The freshman making his first...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators sweep Miami Hurricanes

The No. 2 Florida Gators took the first two games against its instate rival, the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes. Alex Faedo, Brady Singer and Florida’s pitching staff had held Miami scoreless through 18 innings.

Miami came in on Sunday looking not just for their first run of the weekend but also to avoid being swept by the Gators for the second time since 2012.

Jackson Kowar gave up an early lead but his offense picked him up, scoring six runs to finish off the sweep.

Below is Gator Country’s photo gallery from the Sunday sweep.

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Canes swept away by Florida Gators

The No. 2 Florida Gators (6-1) took the series finale 6-2 over the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes (2-4) to sweep the series Sunday.

It was the same formula used to win the first two games of the year, stellar starting pitching, and some timely hitting.

Jackson Kowar(2-0, 1.59 ERA) went 5.2 innings scattering 4 hits, and 3 walks giving up only one run. He struck out 7 on 89 pitches.

“I started off pretty well, and I had a couple of rough innings there in the middle, but I was kinda able to bear down and limit the damage and keep us in the game,” said starter Jackson Kowar on his...

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Singer strong as Gators take series from Miami

For the third season in a row the Gators take the series victory over the Hurricanes of Miami.
Friday and Saturday night the Gators got special performances from both of their starting pitchers to lead them to victories.

Last night it was Alex Faedo, but tonight it was Brady Singer (2-0, 0.44 ERA).

He was electric tonight, throwing 7.2 innings, striking out 11, and surrendering 5 hits and scattering 3 walks while throwing 109 pitches and 76 strikes.

“Unbelievable start for Brady,” said head coach Kevin O’Sullivan, “fastball was special tonight, 93-96, both sides of the plate....

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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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Jacksonville downs Florida Gators with three-run ninth

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A two-run lead proved to not be enough as the No. 2 Florida Gators (3-1) dropped its first game of the season to Jacksonville University (3-1) on Tuesday night at John Sessions Stadium.

The Gators took a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning but senior Frank Rubio surrendered two hits to start the final frame. Rubio earned a strikeout before giving way to freshman lefty Andrew Baker. The duo are both vying to earn the role of closer for the Gators but Tuesday was a night they’ll want to move on from and learn from. Baker lost control of a fastball, allowing the two...

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Florida Gators baseball weekend recap

The Florida Gators swept the William & Mary Tribe to get 2017 started off with a bang. Kevin O’Sullivan’s squad got off to a slow start on Friday night but earned a comeback win before flexing their muscle on a rebuilt ballclub.

Player of the Weekend: Austin Langworthy

The Gators had strong crowds at McKethan Stadium all weekend long but nobody had a cheering section like Williston native Austin Langworthy. The freshman made his first start on Friday but really shined over the rest of the weekend.

Langworthy, a two-way player, got on the mound Saturday...

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Bomb’s away: Florida Gators sweep William & Mary

Jackson Kowar was in a rush on Sunday afternoon, but he forgot to tell the offense he had places to be.

Kowar dispatched of the Tribe in a four-minute, 13-pitch, three-strikeout frame that set the tone for an 11-6 win, finishing the Florida Gators (3-0) opening weekend sweep of William & Mary (0-3).

Dalton Guthrie kicked the bottom of the first off lining a ball into left center and hustling out a double. His hustle continued, tagging up on a shallow fly ball to left field and scored on a sacrifice fly.

“That's him. HIs instincts are off the charts," O'Sullivan said of Guthrie....

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Florida Gators take series over William & Mary

The No. 2 Florida Gators (2-0) had another comeback win on Saturday, but they didn’t make fans stress this one out, cruising to a 8-1 win to take the season opening series. Florida has won all 10 opening series during Kevin O’Sullivan’s tenure.

William & Mary (0-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, just as they did on Friday night.

Ryder Miconi led the frame off with a single up the middle and advanced to second when Charles Ameer wore a 94 MPH Brady Singer fastball on the forearm. Brandon Raquet’s fielder’s choice gave the Tribe runners on the corners and...

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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 baseball: Rubio’s four-year plan comes to fruition

Trying to manage a college baseball team is hard. Kevin O’Sullivan, who is entering his tenth season as the head coach of the Florida Gators baseball team, knows this all to well.

Division I baseball teams are allowed to have 27 scholarship players on the roster. Unlike football, where schools are afforded 25 scholarships or women’s sports, where every student-athlete is afforded a full scholarship, baseball coaches have to divide up 11.7 scholarships among their roster.

"It's a huge juggling act. It's not easy,” O’Sullivan said of the task. “You obviously have to over recruit...

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Florida Gators baseball gets a visit from Jack Leggett

It’s not yet five in the morning. The sun hasn’t even begun to think about rising but Jack Leggett is up in Clemson, South Carolina ready to get in his car. The 38-year veteran coach packs a bag for a two day, one night stay to see his protégé and best friend Florida Gators head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

Leggett shows up to the field, he readily admits that he still has the baseball bug and getting out to see the Gators is a fix. He’s wearing a blue fitted Gator cap as well as Gator branded shorts and T-shirt. It looks strange to see Leggett in Orange and Blue rather than orange and...

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Blake Reese finding his place with Florida Gators

It was the top of the seventh at the Hoover Met during the SEC Tournament. The Florida Gators had blasted their way to an 11-2 lead over the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Sensing a win in hand, Kevin O’Sullivan started to empty his bench.

Blake Reese pinch-hit for Dalton Guthrie with Nelson Maldonado on first base and one out. Reese was just 1-5 (.200). He had struggled all season to find a place on the team, serving mainly as a pinch runner.

“It's not like high school ball. There's a big jump,” Reese said of his freshman season. “There's a big learning curve and some people adapt...

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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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