Brady Singer

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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Florida Gators baseball places six on All-American teams

The Florida Gators baseball team is less than three weeks from the 2017 season with the goal of getting back to the College World Series for the third season in a row.

Kevin O’Sullivan is confident his club has the talent to just that and on Monday Baseball America seemingly agreed with him when they released their All-American teams.

Friday night starter Alex Faedo was named a First Team All-American, leading a nation-high group of six players that were named...

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Reyes, Rivera push Florida Gators past Crimson Tide

The Florida Gators were back on the diamond less than 12 hours after a heartbreaking 14-inning loss to LSU and playing for their SEC Tournament lives against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

“Once I got home I took a shower and passed out,” Mike Rivera said after catching 14 innings on Wednesday. “[My knees] are sore, my whole body is sore.”

Logan Shore was scratched from the starting lineup with a stomach illness, thrusting freshman Brady Singer into a spot-start, the first start of his career. Kevin O’Sullivan started five freshmen, including outfielder Danny Reyes, whose RBI double...

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LSU rallies in the fifth to take series vs Gators

A game that began on Thursday night found a conclusion 43 hours later as the LSU Tigers (39-16, 19-10) defeated the Florida Gators (43-11, 18-10) 7-3 on Saturday afternoon. A storm postponed the game on Thursday night, while the teams met at their regularly scheduled start time on Friday before picking back up in the third inning on Saturday.

The much anticipated pitching matchup between Logan Shore and Alex Lange lived up to the billing. The LSU starter didn’t have great command Thursday night, but worked around a leadoff single to get out of the first inning without allowing a run....

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Florida Gators baseball stays perfect in midweek games

The Florida Gators baseball team struggled at the plate in a split series last weekend at South Carolina. So much so that Kevin O’Sullivan held a meeting with his players and the position players took it one step further.

“We got a message from Sully and all the coaches,” sophomore outfielder Buddy Reed said. “Then we all took it upon ourselves to have meetings, sit down and talk about and watch film on what we’ve been doing and how we can change our approach.”

Message received.

The No. 1 Florida Gators (38-7, 14-6 SEC) improved its midweek record to a perfect 13-0 on...

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Florida Gators fall to Georgia, 2-1, in extra innings

A 1-2 fastball in the top of the 12th inning left Brady Singer’s hand hissing at 100 MPH only to be turned around for a single by Georgia’s Nick King, scoring Stephen Wrenn from third base. That RBI gave Georgia (21-18, 7-9) a 2-1 lead and, ultimately, a win over the Florida Gators (34-6, 11-5) on Thursday night.

More than a dozen Major League scouts were in attendance, radar guns in tote, to see what was billed as a pitching showcase between two potential first round picks in the MLB Draft — Florida’s A.J. Puk and Georgia’s Robert Tyler.

Puk surrendered a leadoff single and a...

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Florida Gators bullpen is linchpin to success

The Florida Gators are one of four teams in the country with 30 wins on the season and their 34 wins are tops in the country. Paving the way to Florida’s torrid start is the pitching staff.

Logan Shore has been simply sensational, winning his last 12 starts dating back to 2015 and Alex Faedo’s 7-1 record is nothing to scoff at. The starting pitchers, however, hasn’t been the backbone of the Florida pitching staff, the bullpen battery has really been the linchpin.

The Gators have had 11 pitchers make a combined 117 appearances out of the pen this season, accounting for a 12-1...

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Florida Gators finish season sweep of Florida State

Rain all day in Tallahassee had fans wondering if there would be a baseball game. After Florida’s 8-2 win over Florida State on Tuesday, most of the hometown fans probably wished the game would have been rained out.

The Florida Gators (30-5) won their fifth consecutive game over the Noles (22-9) with three-hit nights from Dalton Guthrie, JJ Schwarz and Pete Alonso.

Florida scored three runs in the first four innings with Guthrie being the catalyst for all of them. Guthrie led the game off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Buddy Reed’s...

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Florida Gators sweep No. 1 Texas A&M

JJ Schwarz was in unchartered territory. Entering his fourth and final at bat on Saturday night he was 7 for his last 41 appearances, a slim .171. A bloop single found the chalk in right field, hardly the hardest ball Schwarz has hit the season, but it made all the difference.

Schwarz parlayed that bloop single on Saturday into a 2-4 day with two RBI in a 10-7 win over No. 1 Texas A&M (22-6, 4-5 SEC) that gave the No. 2 Florida Gators (27-3, 7-2 SEC) a series sweep.

“It takes all the pressure off your shoulders,” Schwarz said of his hit Saturday. “All the frustration, all the...

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Florida Gators take Sunshine State showdown from FSU

Shaun Anderson pumped his first as Dalton Guthrie fired to first for the 27th out on Tuesday night, sealing a 3-2 win for the No. 2 Florida Gators (24-3, 4-2 SEC) over instate rival Florida State (18-6, 6-1 ACC).

Coming off of back-to-back losses to Kentucky the Florida Gators didn’t have time to feel sorry for themselves. Less than 48 hours after landing in Orlando from Lexington, the team was back on a bus heading to Jacksonville and the Gators had to refocus.

In front of 9,035 fans freshman Jackson Kowar watched his fourth pitch of the game sail off the bat of fellow freshman Cal...

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Kentucky pulls even with 7-4 win over Florida Gators

The Florida Gators (23-2, 4-1 SEC) needed one more win to tie a school record for consecutive victories but Kentucky hurlers Dustin Beggs and Justin Lewis were bound and determined not to let it happen.

Kentucky (16-6, 3-2 SEC) tagged Florida starter A.J. Puk for six runs, all earned, over 4.1 innings and evened the series with a 7-4 victory on Saturday afternoon.

Puk entered the game coming off a 7-inning, 11-strikeout performance against Missouri but surrendered a solo home run to Evan White in the first inning. Puk settled down and cruised through the next two frames with ease but...

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Florida Gators win 24th consecutive home game

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a night for the record books.

The No. 1 Florida Gators (22-1, 3-0 SEC) won its 15th game in a row and 24th consecutive game at McKethan Stadium, tying a school record, with a 2-1 victory over No. 19 Florida Atlantic (15-4).

Freshman Jackson Kowar took the mound after a poor outing against Missouri on Saturday where he walked both batters he faced and gave up two runs. Kowar didn’t make it far before surrendering a run. FAU second baseman Stephen Kerr deposited a 94 MPH fastball over the left field wall on just the second pitch of the game. Kowar gave up a...

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Florida Gators sweep Harvard, push winning streak to 11

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. The No. 1 Florida Gators and Harvard’s three game series that was supposed to end on Sunday was changed due to forecasted inclimate weather on Sunday, so the Gators and Crimson summoned the spirit of Ernie Banks and played two on Saturday.

The Gators (17-1) used a pair of three run home runs to power past Harvard (2-5)  in game one 9-2 and a career-best 13 strikeouts of 8.1 innings of two hit baseball from Alex Faedo to sweep the series with a 3-1 victory.

Game one:

Junior left-hander A.J. Puk drew the start...

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Florida Gators walk off with Buddy Reed’s home run

Buddy Reed’s walk off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the No. 1 Florida Gators (11-1) a narrow 4-3 victory over the visiting Dartmouth Big Green (0-5).

Reed, who was hitless before the at bat but had walked three times, isn’t a power hitter, but jumped on the first fastball he saw and parked it over the scoreboard in right field for his first home run of the season.

“At first I thought it was a pop up,” Reed said of the home run. “ Thank the Lord. God is good.”

Junior left-hander A.J. Puk (0-1) earned the start for Florida. Puk’s lasted just 6.2 innings...

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Freshman arms lead No. 1 Florida Gators past UCF

Dalton Guthrie belted a 1-1 fastball to lead off the game with a home run — the first time a Gator has done so since Harrison Bader replaced Guthrie in the SEC Tournament last year vs. Vanderbilt — as the No. 1 Florida Gators (9-1) beat the UCF Knights (6-4) for the second consecutive night, 4-0.

“It’s a nice feeling,” Guthrie said. “I don’t get many of those. For me it’s never for sure that it’s out like when JJ [Schwarz] or one of them hit it. I still gotta sprint around the bases until I know it’s for sure gone.”

That lone run is all the Gators would need as...

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Singer gives Florida Gators glimpse of things to come

Major League scouts flocked to McKethan Stadium last Saturday to get a first hand look at the potential first pick in the draft, Florida Gators starter A.J. Puk. The junior left-hander threw the ball well but the scouts that remained in attendance after Puk’s day was done got an advanced scouting report on another potential first round pick — in the 2018 draft.

Brady Singer was selected 56th overall in the 2015 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. That and the fact that Singer was initially committed to Clemson made this Saturday appearance in Gainesville all the more improbable.

Singer...

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Florida Gators baseball defeat Florida Gulf Coast University

The No. 1 Florida Gators baseball team opened up the 2016 campaign with a singular goal in mind: Get to Omaha for the College World Series and, for the first time, bring back a trophy.

To get the season kicked off Florida hosted the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles at McKethan Stadium for a three-game stint.

The Gators won 4-2 on opening night in front of a record crowd for the first game of the season (5,778) and followed that up with an 8-4 win to take the series.

Gator Country was back at the Mac to welcome in the new season with the Gators and now bring you a gallery with more...

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Florida Gators baseball opens season No. 1

Following a College World Series run last season the Florida Gators will enter the 2016 season as the No. 1 team in the country according to Collegiate Baseball’s Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Preseason Poll released on Monday.

This is the eighth consecutive season that the Gators have been ranked in the nation’s oldest college baseball poll and began last season as the No. 6 ranked team in the country.

The Gators lost key players like Harrison Bader, Richie Martin, Taylor Lewis and Josh Tobias but they get back a lot of talent, specifically on the mound.

Logan Shore and A.J. Puk...

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Weekend Notes: Scottie Wilbekin to NBA, top pitcher chooses Gators, new Florida mascots

An impressive Summer League showing this year has paid off for Scottie Wilbekin.

Orlando Magic White's Scottie Wilbekin (15) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies' Russ Smith (2) during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Orlando Magic White’s Scottie Wilbekin (15) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies’ Russ Smith (2) during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The former Gator has reached an agreement on a four-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and opted out of his deal in Australia, according to a report from Shams Charania of RealGM.

Wilbekin earned the deal with his Summer League performance over the past few weeks, averaging a solid 12 points and 2.2 assists.

The journey to this NBA contract took Wilbekin far away. The 6-foot-2 guard spent last season playing for Cairns Taipans of Australia’s National Basketball League, averaging 15.2 points and 4.3 assists.

Wilbekin was not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft after playing four seasons for the Gators. He was named the 2014 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year following a breakout senior season, averaging 13.1 points per game and shooting 39 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Gators baseball team gets good news: Top right-handed pitching prospect Brady Singer passed on playing pro baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays to enroll at Florida.

Singer announced his decision Friday, which was the deadline day for amateurs to sign with Major League teams.
The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Singer was selected with the 56th overall pick of the second round of the MLB Draft in June. The recommended slot value of the pick is $1,091,200.

Singer comes from Eustis High School, where he was 8-3 with a 1.25 ERA as a senior last season. His fastball reportedly reaches 92-94 mph.

New Gators mascots?: Albert looked a little different in a video posted on the @GatorZoneAlbert Twitter account.

The most noticeable change is in the eyes, as the new version of Florida’s mascots look very alert with more open eyes. Adam Silverstein of CBS Sports confirmed the changes.

Here’s the video with the new look Albert …

#SquadGoals pic.twitter.com/2d6ZID3OnJ

— Albert (@GatorZoneAlbert) July 17, 2015

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