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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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Florida Gators flip the script, beat Kentucky 14-3

Mark Kolozsvary didn’t know it off the bat but he gave the ball a long look as he took off to first. Kentucky right fielder Tristan Pompey gave chase and leapt at the wall, hanging in the air for seconds before the ball glanced off his mitt and over the wall for a two-run home run. It gave the Florida Gators (39-15/20-9 SEC) a 2-0 lead on the way to a commanding 14-3 win to even the series a game apiece.

“I definitely didn’t thought that was a popup,” Kolozsvary said of the second inning home run. “I didn’t really think I got it all the way but then I looked up and the right...

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Florida Gators lose control in loss to USF

The No. 5 Florida Gators (35-14) dropped yet another midweek matchup on Tuesday, this time to No. 23 USF (38-10), as a lack of pitching depth reared its ugly head in the 15-10 loss. It was a game that head coach Kevin O’Sullivan referred to as “just one of those nights”.

Freshman RHP Garrett Milchin got the start on the mound and in the batting order against the Bulls, the first time a Florida player has done so since AJ Puk in 2014. USF set the tone early with a two-run homer off the bat of Joe Genord in the top of the first inning.

Milchin managed to make it out of the second...

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Florida Gators hold off UNF 2-1

Dalton Guthrie hit a 1-1 fastball into right field with one out in the fifth inning to bring home Keenan Bell and give the Gators its first lead in a 2-1 win on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium.

Guthrie was 2-14 (.143) in the first three games last week before a 2-4, two home run game on Saturday and a 2-3 performance on Tuesday night. The junior middle infielder that has battled an elbow injury since before the season is enjoying the streak. “It’s a lot better, that’s for sure,” he said.

“It’s very easy to jump off a guy’s bandwagon when he’s struggling,” Kevin...

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Florida Gators sweep season series over FSU

A six-run fourth inning propelled the No. 12 Florida Gators past the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. The Gators swept the three-game season series over FSU with a 10-7 win.

Florida got off to a shaky start. FSU shortstop Taylor Walls led the game off with a solo home run to right field, the first leadoff home run for a Seminole players since 2012. Freshman starter Tyler Dyson walked the next batter before recording two outs but gave up the second run of the game when Drew Mendoza doubled home Tyler Daughtry, who walked earlier.

After going down in order on...

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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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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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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: 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 prepare for the MLB Draft

The timing of the Major League Baseball Draft is bewildering, falling on the same weekend as the NCAA Tournament begins the Super Regional round. Sure, most high school and college teams are finished with their seasons, but the Florida Gators and the 15 other teams that will play for a ticket to Omaha this weekend have talented players that will be drafted — they wouldn’t still be playing if they didn’t.

“I talked to Sully and they’ve got guys committed and then somebody’s drafted or whatever,” Jim McElwain, who was speaking about satellite camps in college football said of...

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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 baseball takes down Jacksonville

Junior Frank Rubio (3-0) tossed a season-high 3.2 innings as the No. 2 Florida Gators (34-5) beat the Jacksonville Dolphins (22-14) 3-1 on Tuesday night to move to 12-0 in midweek affairs on the season.

Freshman Jackson Kowar’s night started rough, giving up a dinger to Jacksonville right fielder Austin Hays in the first inning. Kowar worked in and out of trouble in the second and third innings, stranding three runners before handing the game over to Rubio in the fourth with the Gators trailing 1-0.

Rubio’s career has blossomed in his third season in Gainesville, due in large part to...

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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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Faedo falters, Florida Gators drop first home game of 2016

The streak that began 332 days ago won’t live to see 30.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs (22-9-1, 7-4 SEC) ended the Florida Gators (29-4, 8-3 SEC) 29-game home winning streak with a 10-4 win on Saturday night. The 10 runs are the most Florida has given up in a game since May 1 (11 in a loss to Georgia) of 2015.

Sophomore Alex Faedo’s night was one to forget. Faedo entered the game having given up just 12 earned runs over a team-high 42.2 innings pitched, but would give up nine earned over five innings of work on Saturday.

“It wasn’t the best start for Alex, but in Alex’s...

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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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India, Vasquez lead No. 1 Florida Gators past UCF

Powered by multi-hit nights from three starters, the No. 1 Florida Gators (8-1) slugged their way past the UCF Knights (6-3) 9-5 on Tuesday night in Orlando. Florida pounded out 14 hits, one shy of a season-high in the first of a two-game set with the instate Knights.

Freshman Jonathan India recorded a career-high three hits and his first career home run. Sophomore outfielder Jeremy Vasquez joined India with a career night of his own, driving in three runs on one hit.

“We saw a lot of different looks. We saw a lefty that had some deception, a good changeup,” head coach Kevin...

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No. 1 Florida Gators remain undefeated with walk off win

A catcher’s interference sent Jonathan India comfortably home and kept the No. 1 Florida Gators (5-0) undefeated with a comeback 8-7 win over Eastern Michigan (3-3) on Wednesday night at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.

"Credit our guys for hanging in there down three with six outs to go,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said on the radio. "It was a good learning experience for us in a bunch of different ways."

It was the first game away from McKethan Stadium for Florida this season. The team packed up and boarded a bus early, providing a new batch of circumstances for the...

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Florida Gators dominate in Regional opener

Logan Shore was brilliant and the Florida Gators’ bats came out early in Florida’s first NCAA Tournament win since 2012, as the Gators (45-16) gave FAMU (23-24) a rough welcome to the Gainesville Regional in a 19-0 thrashing.

The Gators scored one run in the second inning and five more in the fifth, more than enough for Shore, who cruised on Friday night throwing just five innings, striking out two and walking two.

The Gators needed some time to adjust to Page, who was throwing in the mid 70s to low 80s.

“The game is obviously always about making adjustments,” Harrison Bader...

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Thrive and advance: Florida Gators move on with 11-2 win

With two outs in the top of the third the floodgates opened as the Florida Gators (41-16) poured eight runs on the Auburn Tigers (35-24) to build an insurmountable lead in a win-or-go-home affair.

Florida didn’t leave the field until well after 1 am following their loss to Arkansas but the Gators were up and eating a pre-game meal at 9 am. The quick turnaround proved to be a non-factor for Florida, as they got on the board in the second inning when JJ Schwarz’s sacrifice fly scored Josh Tobias.

Logan Shore kept the Tigers off balance with a fantastic changeup and a fastball in the...

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Late rally lifts Florida Gators over Stetson

After opening up to a healthy lead, the No. 4 Florida Gators’ (21-5, 3-3 SEC) bullpen almost threw away the game against Stetson (14-12). Florida was able to mount a late-inning comeback, and a Josh Tobias home run helped Florida escape with a 9-6 win on Tuesday night.

Richie Marin kicked things off in the very first frame with a one-out single. Harrison Bader followed with a walk and then the bats put together back-to-back hits to plate two before JJ Schwarz earned a RBI with a groundout. Mike Rivera’s single four pitches later gave Florida a 4-0 advantage that starting pitcher Alex...

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