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Florida Gators score 11 runs in the eighth to beat Mississippi State

It took more than 40 minutes, six Mississippi State pitchers and the Florida Gators sent 16 batters to the plate but, when the dust settled, the Gators had an 11-3 lead in the top of the eighth after entering the frame with none.

Florida had just three hits and had only had two opportunities with a runner on second heading into the eighth inning, but the offensive explosion tied a record for most runs scored in a single inning in the SEC Tournament.

“It’s amazing. I love this team to death,” Jonathan India told Laura Rutledge after the game. “We have a lot of grit, a lot of heart...

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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 finish third-straight SEC weekend sweep

The No. 5 Florida Gators used 12 hits and three home runs to power a 10-5 win on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The win was Florida’s 10th consecutive league win since falling to 9-8 in the SEC after a loss to South Carolina back on April 21. Since that loss the Gators (38-14/ 19-8 SEC) are 12-1. They’ve won their last five SEC weekend series (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama)

Jackson Kowar, who has yet to lose a game in two seasons at Florida, fell behind quickly when Chandler Avant led the game off with a triple. Kowar got...

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No. 7 Florida Gators hosting Ole Miss

The Florida Gators are just one game behind the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC East with three weekends left in the college baseball season before the SEC Tournament. The Gators are coming off of a strong week, winners of their last six games, are looking to stay hot against

How to watch
Friday, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Sunday, 2 p.m. (SEC Network)

Pitching matchups
Fri: RHP Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.62 ERA) vs. RHP James McArthur (3-3, 3.08 ERA)
Sat: RHP Brady Singer (5-3, 2.09 ERA) vs. LHP Ryan Rolison (6-2, 1.84 ERA)
Sun: RHP Jackson Kowar (7-0, 3.90)...

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Florida Gators baseball: “It was good to see a smile on his face again”

The Florida Gators baseball season is past the halfway point. It may seem like it’s flown by but for a struggling hitter watching fly balls turn into cans of corn, ground balls turn into double plays and his draft stock plummet like the Dow Jones in 2008, it can seem like purgatory.

JJ Schwarz entered what was surely to be his final season in Gainesville ready to make a splash. Everybody remembers the freshman that hit .332 with an incredible 18 home runs. Schwarz helped lead that Gators team to the College World Series that year and his “ceiling” seemed far to0 high to be seen or...

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Florida Gators take series in grand fashion

It was déjà vu all over again on Saturday afternoon.

The Gators loaded the bases with nobody out on Friday night but couldn’t push a run across the plate. Trailing 5-3 on Saturday afternoon the Gators loaded the bases with no outs again. Florida had managed just one run, on a ground ball double play, with bases loaded and no outs in the second inning on Saturday as well.

JJ Schwarz walked up to the plate. The Gators were hitting just 2-21 (.095) and one RBI with runners in scoring position. Schwarz was just 2-8 on the weekend himself.

“We’ve been struggling with the bases...

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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 road to Omaha starts now

2016 was a record-breaking season for the Florida Gators baseball team. Kevin O’Sullivan’s ball club won a regular season school record 44-games, including 23-of-24 to start the season. They finished a perfect 14-0 in midweek games and spent most of the season ranked as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country. Florida is also the defending SEC Tournament Champions, with sights on winning the crown in back-to-back years.

All of those accomplishments are in the rearview mirror now. Wednesday night the Gators will play LSU in the SEC Tournament to begin postseason play. Even before Logan...

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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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No. 1 Florida Gators extend home winning streak to 28

It’s been a journey for redshirt freshman Scott Moss to get to Tuesday night. The left-hander has been through two surgeries and spent two seasons on the sidelines waiting for this moment.

Moss threw three innings, notching his first career win, as the No. 1 Florida Gators (28-3) bested Jacksonville (17-11) Tuesday night 7-2. Moss earned the win despite throwing just three innings due to being pulled by a predetermined pitch count, or a "controlled start," something Moss wasn’t even aware of until after the game.

“I didn’t even know it was my first career win,” Moss said after...

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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 respond after Wildcat reality check

The Florida Gators rolled into Lexington, Kentucky with a head full of steam, an axe to grind against their opponent and feeling pretty good.

When Florida landed in Lexington they were a team that hadn’t tasted defeat in 27 days and were facing an opponent that had taken three straight series against them. That should have been motivation enough, but it wasn’t. Florida dropped two consecutive games for the first time in 2016 and for the first time since the team got together in the fall they were dealt a heaping dose of reality.

“I think it’s human nature,” head coach Kevin...

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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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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 shut out Florida State: Photo Gallery

The Florida Gators hosted the Florida State Seminoles for the first of a three game series in the Sunshine Showdown on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. Florida cruised to a 6-0 win over their instate rival, the first time that Florida has shut out Florida State at home since March 3, 1994.

The win was Florida’s 12th in a row and 20th consecutive home win dating back to the 2015 season.

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No. 1 Florida Gators hold on to beat UNF

The North Florida Ospreys (6-8) had the tying run 90-feet from home in the ninth inning but Shaun Anderson was able to induce a ground ball to seal a 5-4 victory for the No. 1 Florida Gators (14-1). Freshman Jackson Kowar drew the start and earned his second win of the season, and had to work through adversity for the first time in his young career.

Kyle Brooks led the game off with a single and moved to second on Keith Skinner’s ground out to Kowar. Following a strikeout, Nick Karmeris’ single gave the Ospreys a quick 1-0 lead in the very first frame.

"I thought Jackson [Kowar] did...

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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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