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Florida Gators clinch share of SEC Championship

Trailing 2-0 on a brutally hot day in Gainesville, Nelson Maldonado’s three-run home run in the fourth inning propelled the No. 5 Florida Gators to a 6-4win over No. 6 Kentucky for a series win.

The win ensures that Florida (40-15/21-9 SEC) will be, at worst, a co-regular season SEC champion with LSU. The Tigers need to beat Mississippi State to tie Florida.

“I’ll watch (LSU-Mississippi State) but I’m going to kick back and relax,” Kevin O’Sullivan said with a chuckle. “It’s been a long year, a long year and today was hot. I’m gonna kick back, relax and enjoy the rest...

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Baserunning blunders sink Florida Gators

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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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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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.


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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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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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