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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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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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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators arrive at the College World Series

OMAHA, Neb — The Florida Gators arrive at TD Ameritrade Park for their 11th College World Series appearance, including six under Kevin O’Sullivan and third in a row.

Here is our photo gallery from the Gators’ first practice of the CWS.

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators going back to Omaha!

Through more than 10 hours of rain delays over three days the Florida Gators, as they have all season, persevered.

The Gators were dealt a blow losing the second game of the Gainesville Regional on Monday, after rain suspended play on Sunday.

The Gators used pitching performances from Brady Singer, Tyler Dyson and Alex Faedo to combine for a shutout and some offense from Jonathan India, Mike Rivera and JJ Schwarz to beat Wake Forest 3-0, advancing to its third consecutive College World Series.

Here is Gator Country’s photo gallery from the third and decisive game.

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Dyson’s performance propels Florida Gators back to College World Series

Brady Singer was livid and the ESPN cameras caught most of it on Sunday afternoon. Singer, and the Florida Gators, had a right to be.

The sophomore was forced into action on Saturday after rain chased Alex Faedo from the opening game of the Gainesville Super Regional. Singer threw four innings of two-hit, shutout ball before handing it off to Michael Byrne. Byrne would blow the save, leaving Singer out of the decision. Singer had another opportunity to come back and pitch in the Super Regional, but rain forced him off the mound after two innings and a ticket to Omaha on the line.

Three...

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Florida Gators advance to College World Series for third year in a row

After more than 10 hours of rain delays and walk off wins for both teams the Florida Gators got to dog pile on the pitcher’s mound with a 3-0 win over Wake Forest to advance to the College World Series.

This is Kevin O’Sullivan’s sixth trip to Omaha for the CWS in 10 seasons and the Gators’ third consecutive trip.

It couldn’t have been done without the performance of Tyler Dyson. The freshman, who didn’t start pitching until his senior season of high school, was brilliant in a career-long outing. Dyson gave up a single to the first batter he faced and then promptly sat down...

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Florida Gators advance to third-straight Super Regional

For the third time this weekend Kevin O’Sullivan put the ball and the game into the hands of his closer Michael Byrne. The sophomore, who has been nails all season, knew what he needed to do. Byrne got the final seven outs of the game to earn his 16th save of the season and preserve a 6-1 win to send the Florida Gators to its third-consecutive Super Regional.

Byrne was the MVP for the Gators this weekend. He threw 10 scoreless innings out of the bullpen and factored into all of the Gators’ wins this weekend (1 win, 2 saves).

As is the case in most game sevens in Regional play the...

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Florida Gators win a sloppy Regional opener over Marist

Clinging to a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the eighth JJ Schwarz walked up to the plate, the owner of three strikeouts already, with two outs.

"I just knew my first few at-bats of the game weren’t my best at bats,” Schwarz said. “But I stepped in the box and had a lot of confidence in myself. “I knew I was going to put that behind me, and I was trying to come up big for my teammates.”

Did he ever.

Schwarz worked himself into a 3-1 count and clobbered a three-run home run (his 10th of the season) over the bleachers in left field, all but slamming the door shut on a sloppy 10-6...

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Florida Gators almost at full strength for Gainesville Regional

Jon Michelini isn’t a name most Florida Gators baseball fans would recognize. He’s the head athletic trainer for the Gators baseball team and he’s been busy this season. Between three separate broken hamates, two elbow injuries, shoulder soreness an ankle sprain and, most recently, Ryan Larson getting hit in the head, Michelini has been busy this season.

The Gators have had five players miss extended time this season due to various injuries. Freshman pitcher/outfielder Andrew Baker was the first casualty. Baker broke the hamate bone in his right, non-throwing hand and was limited to...

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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 place six on All-SEC baseball team

The No. 4 Co-SEC Champion Florida Gators baseball team had six players earn All-SEC Honors on Monday afternoon but was shutout of the First Team recognition entirely.

Pitchers Alex Faedo and JJ Schwarz, catcher JJ Schwarz and outfielder Nelson Maldonado all earned Second Team All-SEC honors. Infielders Deacon Liput and Dalton Guthrie were named to the All-SEC Defensive team.

Michael Byrne made his first appearance on an All-SEC team. After earning the closer role for the Gators in the beginning of the season Byrne went on to tie the school record for saves in a season (13). Byrne led the...

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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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Kentucky draws even SEC with a big win over Florida Gators

After a slow start the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats poured in on the No. 5 Florida Gators, taking the opening game of final series of the season 12-4.

Kentucky ( 38-16/19-9 SEC) clawed out 20 hits, tied for the most against a SEC opponent this season (South Carolina) and second most on the season. The win tied the Cats and Gators (38-15/19-9 SEC) atop the SEC, joined with LSU, who beat Mississippi State 3-1.

Alex Faedo started off the game in complete control. He gave up two singles in the first but left unscathed. He gave up two more singles in the second but stranded both runners. Faedo...

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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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Florida Gators stay hot with a 2-1 win over Alabama

With a 3-1 count in a tie game, Nelson Maldonado lofted a ball deep to center field, far enough to score Dalton Guthrie and give the Florida Gators a 2-1 in the top of the ninth. Florida’s win on Friday night was their eighth-straight SEC win, holding serve with Mississippi State, who beat Georgia 9-3, at the top of the SEC standings.

The Gators and Tide engaged in a pitching duel most of the night with Alex Faedo and Jake Walters dispatching hitters and throwing up zeros. Faedo retired the first batters he faced and Walters surrendered just one hit through six innings.

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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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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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Hicks powers the Florida Gators to a win over JU

After falling into an early deficit the Florida Gators found power from an unlikely source on the way to a 6-2 win over the Jacksonville Dolphins on Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium.

Through the first 43 games of the season Christian Hicks had one home run. Hicks, a utility infielder, has been invaluable for Kevin O’Sullivan this season, playing all four infield positions while the team has battled through various injuries. He’s hit well, he just hadn’t hit for power. That changed this week. Hicks followed his home run against FAMU on Tuesday with two more on Wednesday, and it was...

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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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Florida Gators vs South Carolina Gamecocks photo gallery

Gator Country’s photo gallery from the Florida Gators 4-2 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday, April 21, 2017.

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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’ bats explode to take series at Vandy

The Florida Gators have had a rough offensive start to the season but it seems the bats have woken up over the past week for the Gators.

In three of the past four games, the Gators have scored 10 or better runs, exploding for a season-high 20 runs in the series finale win 20-8 against Vanderbilt.

All 9 of the Gator starters had hits and 8 of the 9 had multiple hits.

The Gators got it going early with two first inning home runs; a solo shot by Dalton Guthrie(who would add another home run later), and Nelson Maldonado’s towering 3 run shot that inched over the 30-foot wall in...

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Kyle Wright blanks Florida Gators to even series

The No. 12 Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt in spectacular fashion on Thursday night but ran into a buzz saw on Friday. For the second year in a row Vanderbilt junior Kyle Wright threw a complete game, three hit shutout, leading Vanderbilt to a 2-0 win, evening the series.

I think that was the best pitched game, by both sides, I think I've seen in 10 years," Kevin O'Sullivan said after the game. "The way both guys, I don't want to overstate this, but the way both guys threw they probably could have pitched in the big leagues if they could have handled that type of an atmosphere. It was...

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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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Florida Gators need extra innings to beat Stetson

Freshman Kirby McMullen earned his second win of the season and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th Tuesday. It wasn’t pretty, but the Florida Gators (14-8) ended its three-game losing streak with a 9-8 extra inning win over the Stetson Hatters (8-15).

Coming off of a strong start against Florida State Nate Brown drew the rare road start for a freshman. Brown wasn’t sharp early on, giving up a run in the first inning. Brown gave up five hits over 2.1 innings before Nick Horvath took over in the third. Horvath got out of a jam in the third and held Stetson scoreless in the fourth....

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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 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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