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Kevin O’Sullivan named Skip Bertman Award Winner

Florida Gators head baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan was named the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year on Wednesday. O’Sullivan was previously named the National Coach of the Year by D1baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball. This marks the second time O’Sullivan, who just completed his 10th season at Florida, has been named National Coach of the […]

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A long, trying season ends with the Florida Gators on top

OMAHA, Neb. — The bus holding the Florida Gators is silent. It’s March 19 and nobody dares to utter a word as a chartered bus trucks through dark roads somewhere in Alabama.

The Gators had just been swept in the opening weekend of SEC play, outscored 22-9 by Auburn.

There’s doubt.

This team was following up teams that went to Omaha. Mike Rivera remembers his freshman year, wide-eyed in Omaha, looking around the clubhouse. Richie Martin, A.J. Puk, Logan Shore, Dane Dunning, Josh Tobias, Pete Alonso and Harrison Bader are all sitting there, favorites to win it...

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Why Jackson Kowar almost didn’t get the last out of the CWS

OMAHA, Neb — After two years Jackson Kowar knows that he belongs in Orange and Blue but in June of 2015 Kowar’s world was turned upside down. If not for one decision Kowar would have been watching the game at home tonight and who knows if the Florida Gators would have been on the screen.

“It’s crazy how stuff works out. I was pretty much set, my whole life since my sophomore year in high school was set,” Kowar told Gator Country after the game. “I was going to go play for Clemson and Coach (Jack) Leggett. He’s a hall of fame coach, an unbelievable...

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Gators enjoy giving Kevin O’Sullivan his first National Championship

OMAHA, Neb — Surrounded by his family Kevin O’Sullivan couldn’t help but smile.

O’Sullivan has gone through a lot on and off the field in the last year, making this moment, watching his players celebrate with their families, watching Brad Weitzel and Craig Bell, coaches that have been with him every step of the way take in the moment.

Winning the final game of the college baseball season is hard. O’Sullivan had never done it until Deacon Liput’s throw to JJ Schwarz beat Beau Jordan to first base.

“It's hard to describe in words. To be able to first have...

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The Florida Gators beat LSU to win first National Championship

OMAHA, Neb — For the first time in more than a century of playing baseball the Florida Gators won the final game of the college baseball season.

The Gators beat LSU 6-1 on Tuesday to sweep the College World Series Final. Florida had previously been 0-4 in two CWS Finals games (2005,2011). The championship is the first

The Gators received a Herculean effort from freshman Tyler Dyson, making just his second start of the season. Dyson threw a career-high 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Dyson’s previous high was five innings against Wake Forest but just two innings before that Super...

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Social media reacts to Florida Gators baseball National Championship

The Florida Gators baseball won its first national championship on Tuesday night after defeating the LSU Tigers in two straight games to clinch the series. Florida is now one of only four programs to win national championships in baseball, football and basketball.

Winning the baseball national title is something that Florida has been on the verge of doing since Kevin O’Sullivan arrived in Gainesville but it has escaped them year after year.

As you can imagine Gator fans were very excited on Tuesday night after the Gators clinched the title and that showed on social...

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Florida Gators vs. LSU: CWS Game 2 Photo Gallery

GatorCountry brings you a photo gallery from Omaha as the Florida Gators prepare to take on LSU in game two of the College World Series Finals.

Check out all of our photos here.

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Horvath’s throw cemented in Florida Gators history

OMAHA, Neb — A baseball will always find a player once they come into the middle of a game. That was the case for Florida Gators outfielder/pitcher Nick Horvath on Monday night.

Horvath, luckily, didn’t have to enter the game completely cold. As Brady Singer started to run into trouble in this sixth inning Horvath was sent to the bullpen to get loose. Kevin O’Sullivan considered bringing Horvath in to throw to Greg Deichmann, but O’Sullivan went with Singer despite the sophomore giving up two runs in the sixth.

Horvath watched from the bullpen as Singer came back...

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Florida Gators beat LSU to win first ever CWS Final game

OMAHA, Neb — Florida Gators pitcher Brady Singer walked off the mound with a small vile filled to the brim with dirt from the mound at TD Ameritrade Park and a game used baseball. He found his mother, Jacquelyn, and handed her both.

When you throw seven innings and strike out a College World Series Final record with 12 strikeouts on your way to earning a win, you can do those kinds of things.

Florida stuck to its formula of dominant pitching and timely hitting to come away with a 4-3 win over the LSU Tigers, Florida’s first CWS Final win in school history.

Singer...

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2017 CWS Final: Florida Gators VS LSU tigers

Nick de la Torre brings you a photo gallery from Omaha as the Florida Gators take on the LSU Tigers.
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Brady Singer hopes to bring Gators one game closer to a National Championship

OMAHA, Neb. — Brady Singer’s road to pitching the first game of the College World Series Championship Series started last Friday.

After throwing seven scoreless against Louisville to pick up his eighth win of the season on Tuesday the sophomore from Eustis doesn’t do much on Wednesday. He’ll throw and run, these days pitcher’s run as much if not more than they actually throw. He throws lightly on Thursday but Friday is when the real work begins.

“I threw a full bullpen on Friday off the mound. I’ll lightly toss Saturday,” Singer told Gator Country when...

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Florida Gators in a SEC showdown for a National Championsip

OMAHA, Neb. — Paul Mainieri wasn’t afraid to admit he had a rooting interest in the late game on Saturday.

Mainieri’s LSU Tigers had just eliminated Oregon State from the College World Series 6-1 and back in the team hotel he tuned in to watch the Florida Gators take on TCU.

“Truth be told, I was rooting for Kevin and the Gators last night. I just think it's an awesome thing that these two SEC schools get to play for a national championship.”

This is LSU’s seventh trip to the CWS Championship. The previous six times the Tigers have played for a National...

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The CWS final is set the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching is not

OMAHA, Neb — The stage is set for the College World Series Championship but the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching rotations are far from it.

“I'm going to let Kevin pick our starter tomorrow,” LSU manager Paul Mainieri joked on Sunday.

LSU lost its second game of the tournament, and had to play its way out of the loser’s bracket. Florida’s pitching staff was set up perfectly before they stumbled against TCU on Friday, forcing the “if necessary” game on Saturday where they burned Alex Faedo.

The two teams will take different approached. Brady...

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Alex Faedo’s final chapter with the Florida Gators is his best

OMAHA, Neb — With a runner on base, a 2-0 count and the tying run in the on deck circle Kevin O’Sullivan made the walk from TD Ameritrade’s first base dugout to go get his starter out of the game.

Possibly for the final time.

Alex Faedo handed the ball to his coach and walked off the field in what could be his last start for the Florida Gators. In front of him Gator fans and TCU fans alike stood and clapped. Behind him laid countless hitters still wondering what they had just faced.

There isn’t another player on the team that knows Faedo as well as Mike...

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Florida Gators back in CWS Championship Series

OMAHA, Neb. — For the third time this NCAA Tournament the Florida Gators were forced into the “if necessary” game and for the third time they prevailed.

The formula on Saturday night against TCU is the same imperfect formula Florida has relied upon all season long — great starting pitching and timely hits.

Three runs was enough to send the Gators back to the College World Series Final for the third time in school history (2005, 2011, 2017), where they will meet a familiar foe in LSU.

Alex Faedo started getting ready for his Saturday start in the dugout on...

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Florida Gators shake up lineup before elimination game

OMAHA, Neb — In an attempt to wake up the bats Florida Gators manager Kevin O’Sullivan decided to shake up the starting lineup for Florida’s elimination game against TCU on Saturday night.

Ryan Larson will bat ninth tonight vs. TCU. He’s been the Gators’ leadoff hitter for the entire NCAA Tournament. Deacon Liput will now fill that leadoff role for Florida. He had been batting sixth in the lineup previously. Austin Langworthy and

O’Sullivan alluded to a change in the lineup after Florida’s 9-2 loss to TCU on Friday night.

“Probably need to look at the...

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Backs against the wall, Gators wouldn’t want anyone else on the mound

OMAHA, Neb. — One by one the Florida Gators walked up a long tunnel from the third base dugout past the batting cages and made a right towards their clubhouse. Other than metal spike clanging on concrete it was silent.

Nothing was said but heads weren’t hanging. This Florida team isn’t for the faint of heart. They’ve already played in an elimination game in a Regional and then again in the Super Regional. After a 9-2 loss on Friday night they’ll need to make it 3-0 in elimination games — after losing to the same team in the previous game — this NCAA Tournament...

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TCU hands Florida Gators 9-2 loss, forces elimination game Saturday

OMAHA, Neb — The 2017 Florida Gators haven’t made anything easy this season and that didn’t change in Omaha.

Facing elimination the TCU Horned Frogs pounded out nine runs on nine hits and four Frog pitchers combined on a five-hitter to force the “if necessary” game in bracket two.

For a while it looked like the game was being brought to you by the strikeout. Sophomore Jackson Kowar drew the start, his first College World Series appearance, and stuck out the first five batters he faced. Kowar was spotting his fastball on both sides of the plate and commanding...

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TCU hands Florida Gators 9-2 loss, forces elimination game Saturday

OMAHA, Neb — The 2017 Florida Gators haven’t made anything easy this season and that didn’t change in Omaha.

Facing elimination the TCU Horned Frogs pounded out nine runs on nine hits and four Frog pitchers combined on a five-hitter to force the “if necessary” game in bracket two.

For a while it looked like the game was being brought to you by the strikeout. Sophomore Jackson Kowar drew the start, his first College World Series appearance, and stuck out the first five batters he faced. Kowar was spotting his fastball on both sides of the plate and commanding...

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2017 CWS photo gallery: Florida Gators vs TCU Horned Frogs

OMAHA, Neb — Gator Country’s photo gallery for the Florida Gators second matchup with TCU in the 2017 College World Series.

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Hit a dinger, douse a coach: Florida Gators making baseball fun again

OMAHA, Neb. — Bethune-Cookman beat the Florida Gators 6-2 to force a game seven in the Gainesville Regional. It was the first time the Wildcats had beat Florida in 32 games.

Behind the scenes student manager Zach Cronin got an idea. With the Florida Gators facing elimination how could the training staff and graduate assistants take some pressure off the team. How could they make the season, heading into its 62nd game, fun again?

Before the final game against Bethune Cookman a new tradition was born. Hit a dinger, douse an assistant.

The idea was Cronin’s but it...

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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.

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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.

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