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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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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 baseball blanks No. 1 Seminoles

In the box score it looks like a line drive and that’s how Mark Kolozsvary will remember his go-ahead single in the seventh inning.

The excuse me swing gave the Gators a 1-0 lead that they would hold on to, handing the newly anointed No. 1 team in the country its fourth loss of the season.

The No. 5 Florida Gators were struggling to figure out Florida State starter Andrew Karp. The junior righty had struck out nine batters heading into the seventh and was cruising. Jonathan India got a fastball over the plate, lacing it into the right-center gap for a one-out double before Karp struck...

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Florida Gators bats come to life vs Seton Hall

JJ Schwarz stepped into the box with one out and one runner on in the bottom of the first inning hitting just .220 on the season. The junior jumped on the first pitch he saw, launching a two-run home run over the wall in left-center, jumpstarting the Florida Gators 8-0 win over Seton Hall on Friday night.

The home run was the second in as many bats for Schwarz and gave the Gators an early 2-0 lead.

“The first pitch I was just ready for it and put a good swing on it,” Schwarz said.

Seton Hall’s starter,

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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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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Faedo, Langworthy lead Florida Gators past Columbia

Austin Langworthy watched the first two offerings from Ethan Abrams sail out of the zone. Sitting on a 2-0 count he was looking for one pitch and Abrams was willing to oblige.

Langworthy turned on a fastball, launching a no-doubter into the night sky over the netting that is in place to protect the street behind right field and into the parking lot of Keys Complex — the first run of a 7-0 win for the Florida Gators (8-2) over Columbia (0-1).

“That one was far,” starting pitcher Alex Faedo (2-0) said after the game. “I’ve seen Deacon (Liput) hit them like that. I don’t know if...

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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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Faedo shines as Florida Gators beat Miami

The No. 2 Florida Gators (4-1) won 1-0 over No. 21 Miami in a pitcher's duel behind a spectacular performance from junior right hander Alex Faedo.

It was head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s 400th career win, a incredible feat considering he has only been at Florida for nine seasons.

A top MLB draft prospect, Faedo cruised for much of the night, throwing six 1-2-3 innings where he faced the minimum.

“I felt good out there. Sully talked to me a lot about working down more and not trying to do too much and I just tried to simplify the game a little bit more,” Faedo said.

He...

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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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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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Jonathan India home run keeps Florida in control of region

Jonathan India may be a freshman on paper, but after playing 61 games this season, Kevin O’Sullivan doesn’t consider him a rookie anymore.

India stepped up to the plate in the top of the eighth inning of a 5-5 game. He worked the count in his favor, 2-1, and sat dead red, waiting for a fastball. India got what he was looking for, lofting a ball high into the night towards the left field wall. Off the bat it looked like a no-doubt dinger, but the winds tried its best to keep the ball in play before it landed just over the blue padding, giving Florida a 6-5 lead, one that would hold on to...

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Florida Gators open region with win over Bethune Cookman

Two quick outs and a walk to JJ Schwarz set the stage. It had been 27 days since a Jordan Sheffield fastball struck Pete Alonso in the left hand, fracturing his fifth metacarpal.

“Initially when I broke it I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play as a Gator again,” Alonso said. “Having that thought, it’s just kind of scary.”

27 days that Alonso had to sit back and watch the Gators just miss out on winning the SEC with a 1-2 finish to the season in Baton Rouge. Alonso sat in the stands in Hoover, again helpless as the Gators came up just short again, this time in the SEC...

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Florida Gators drop SEC Tournament finale to Aggies

The Florida Gators quest for an eighth SEC Tournament Championship was halted by Texas A&M as the Aggies used four runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth to beat Florida 12-5.

Florida sent out Logan Shore to the mound. The junior had missed a scheduled start earlier in the week and had yet to throw in Hoover. With Regionals starting next week Shore would be on a strict pitch count limit. The SEC Pitcher of the Year lasted just one inning, giving up a run on two hits in the first inning.

Frank Rubio replaced Shore on the mound and earned two quick outs in the second. A trio...

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Florida Gators move to SEC Championship game

The Florida Gators will play on Sunday with a chance to win its eighth SEC Tournament Championship and second in as many years after beating LSU 1-0 on Saturday.

Scott Moss drew the start for Florida against the LSU Tigers on Saturday in a win or go home SEC Tournament semi-final matchup. The redshirt sophomore who has had a long road back to the mound since Tommy John surgery faced a red-hot Tiger ball club, winners of 14 of their last 15 games.

“It was definitely very nerve-wracking,” Moss said of his feelings before the game. “Being out in the bullpen before the game calmed me...

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Florida Gators run rule No. 1 seed Mississippi State

JJ Schwarz came a home run away from being the first player to ever hit for the cycle in the SEC Tournament as the Florida Gators beat Mississippi State 12-2 via run rule in seven innings on Friday night.

JJ Schwarz doubled home a run in the first inning against LSU in the Florida Gators first SEC Tournament game. Schwarz went 0-3 with a walk after that. The Gators had been sporting postseason facial hair, and Schwarz was doing his best to play along with some blonde stubble above his upper lip. The loss brought out a razor, and with it Schwarz’s bat. The sophomore is 6-8 with two runs...

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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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Seven Florida Gators named to All-SEC teams

The Florida Gators baseball team spent most of the 2016 season ranked as the No. 1 team in the country. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is the first to tell you that good players makes coaches look good, and it’s no surprise that the team which spent most of the season atop the standings had seven players named to coaches’ All-SEC teams released on Monday.

Junior pitcher Logan Shore (10-0, 2.33 ERA) was named the SEC Pitcher of the year as well as a First Team All-SEC selection. Reliever Shaun Anderson joined Shore on the First Team All-SEC. Mike Rivera, Pete Alonso and Dalton Guthrie...

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Florida Gators salvage series at LSU with 6-2 win

After dropping back-to-back games for just the third time in 2016 the Florida Gators didn’t have time to feel sorry. Two hours after dropping the series to LSU the two teams were back on the diamond to settle the score. Due to Southeastern Conference rules, the series finale would be a seven-inning game.

“You’re gonna lose, you’re gonna win, that’s baseball,” sophomore catcher Mike Rivera said on the ESPNU broadcast after the game. “It’s all about how you come back.”

The Gators jumped out to an early two-run lead and used a big four-run fifth inning to thwart LSU’s...

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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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Error of their ways, Florida Gators drop opener to LSU

The Florida Gators entered Friday night’s game against the LSU Tigers with a nation best .986 fielding percentage, committing just 28 errors in 52 games. Two errors in the eighth, and three on the night sunk Florida on Friday night, dropping game one to LSU 5-4.

Making his first appearance since April 12 (vs. FSU), Nick Horvath took the mound in the eighth for the Gators (43-10, 18-9 SEC) in a tie game. The utility player earned the first out of the inning on a ground ball, but the speedy Cole Freeman reached on an error, the second of the inning, to get the LSU (38-16, 18-10) rally...

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Florida Gators bounce back, take series win over Vanderbilt

The Florida Gators and Vanderbilt Commodores entered Sunday’s rubber-match with rested bullpens thanks to a pair of complete games from Logan Shore on Friday and Kyle Wright on Saturday. In a series where offense has been at a premium and with both clubs boasting fully stocked and ready to go bullpens, Sunday promised to be more of the same.

So, naturally, the Gators (43-9, 18-8 SEC) won a 10-6 offensive showcase on Sunday over Vanderbilt (37-15, 15-12 SEC).

Two days removed from losing their best bat in Pete Alonso and less than a day removed from being shutout the Gator bats slugged...

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Florida Gators record setting night: photo gallery

The No. 1 Florida Gators welcomed in the Vanderbilt Commodores to McKethan Stadium for a crucial three-game series against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Entering the weekend Florida and South Carolina were tied atop the SEC, with the Gamecocks hitting the road to take on Texas A&M. Both series would set up whom would be the likely SEC Champion heading into the final weekend of the season.

Kevin O'Sullivan handed the ball to Logan Shore and the junior was brilliant, throwing a complete game to earn his 10th win of the season. The win was SHore's 15th consecutive winning decision and the...

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Wright stifles Florida Gators, Vandy evens series

The buzz surrounding the Florida Gators series with the Vanderbilt Commodores centered largely on Friday’s pitching matchup. Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan warned, however, of the Dores’ Saturday starter Kyle Wright.

“Our players commented on it last year on how impressed they were with Wright,” O’Sullivan said Thursday. “He’s another one, he’s 92-95, and the ball is never straight. He’s got a slider. He’s developed his cutter now 88-90 and it’s real. It’s a real pitch. He’s another first-rounder.”

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Shore’s brilliance leads Florida Gators over Vanderbilt

The distinct ping served as a starter’s gun for Florida Gators center fielder Buddy Reed. As soon as he heard contact his head went down and he was off. Reed rounded second, making his way to third with no intentions of stopping, or looking up at third base coach Craig Bell.

“I was running as hard as I could,” Reed said. “I was booking it as hard as I could, I got to third base and my head was down. It was completely my fault.”

A rundown ensued, with Reed ping-ponging his way back and forth before finally snaking his way around a tag, sliding safely through home to give Florida...

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Florida Gators beat USF, finish 14-0 in midweek games

The No. 1 Florida Gators (41-8) overcame a sluggish start to finish off the USF Bulls, 11-4, and complete a 14-0 record in midweek games. The Gators 41st win of the season also tied a school record (last accomplished in 2011) as the most wins in regular season play.

“To be able to finish off the midweek games undefeated is a remarkable accomplishment for this team,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “It’s not easy to do, number one because of the opponents we play and having the ability to bring your game to the park every day. It’s easy to have a let up when you have a really...

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Florida Gators 40th win of the season clinches Tennessee series

They’re first to 40.

The Florida Gators (40-8, 16-7) used seven strong innings from Alex Faedo and a career-high four RBI day from catcher Mike Rivera to beat Tennessee 9-3 and clinch the series on Sunday afternoon. This is the fastest any team in school history has reached the 40 win mark, and the Gators are the first team in the country to reach the benchmark.

“At the end of the year in the regular season, 40 wins is not easy to get to,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said after the game. “I've got to keep reminding myself we're 40-8, 16-7 in the league.”

Florida got...

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Florida Gators cruise past Tennessee, 7-2

The No. 1 Florida Gators (39-7, 15-6 Southeastern) went on the road to Knoxville to beat the Tennessee Volunteers (24-22, 6-16, SEC), 7-2. It was far from Florida’s most impressive performance of the season, but Friday night was what fans have come to expect with Logan Shore on the mound. Shore earned his ninth victory of the season, the 14th consecutive decision he’s won, dating back to last season. Florida hasn’t lost a game that Shore started since a 4-1 loss at home to Auburn on may 14th, nearly a year ago.

Florida jumped on Tennessee starter Will Neely early. Neely only earned...

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Florida Gators baseball stuns South Carolina

Josh Reagan took the mound with a 3-4 lead in the top of the ninth. Reagan, the SEC saves leader (11), boasted a 0.82 ERA and batters were hitting just .144 against him. The South Carolina (33-9, 14-5 SEC) closer has been unhittable in 2016, but Florida missed that memo.

Jonathan India’s lead off home run tied the game and sophomore transfer Nick Horvath, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the seventh, gave Florida its first lead of the game with another solo blast. Florida held on to the lead, turning to Shaun Anderson in the ninth to close the game down, 5-4.

“This is...

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