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Florida Gators revelling their underdog role in College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — There is no greater stage in College baseball than TD Ameritrade Park and the College World Series. The pressure of just stepping between the white lines can make a game you’ve played your entire life feel foreign and make your knees weak.

Then, when you’re stacked like the Florida Gators were in 2016, after you’ve beat up on every opponent you’ve faced all season people start talking. The guys out in the Las Vegas desert make you a favorite. Reporters’ questions come in bigger than softballs, praise is heaped on you and you start to listen to it....

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators vs Louisville Cardinals CWS game 2

OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators arrive at TD Ameritrade park and prepare for their second game of the 2017 College World Series against the Louisville Cardinals.

The Gators and Cardinals are both 1-0 in the 2017 CWS and the winner of this game advances to the bracket championship.

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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.

To view a photo, click a thumbnail. Once it opens up, you can click right or left of the photo to go to the next one. Enjoy!

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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 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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Arkansas bounces Florida Gators from SEC Tournament

HOOVER, Ala. — On the third pitch of the game Eric Cole hit a hard chopper off of Brady Singer’s right throwing hand for a leadoff single. Seven pitches later Chad Spanberger launched a 2-2 fastball out of the Hoover Met and that was just the beginning of the worst loss the Gators (42-16) suffered all season. The Razorbacks (42-16) advanced to the SEC Tournament final with a 16-0 run rule win over Florida.

Singer walked the next batter after the home run and Kevin O’Sullivan went to the mound to check on his sophomore hurler.

“I asked him multiple times about (his hand),”...

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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 open SEC Tournament with win over Auburn

Six Florida Gators had struck out before JJ Schwarz lined a fastball into right field to start an eighth inning rally. A single and two walks later and the Gators pushed a run across the board when Christian Hicks’ bases loaded walk plated Schwarz to give Florida a 5-4 lead.

Michael Byrne came on in the ninth inning and closed the game out. The save was Byrne’s 14th of the season, a new Florida single season record.

The No. 1 seeded Gators received a first round bye in the SEC tournament and were presented with a trophy honoring their regular season co-SEC championship (split with...

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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 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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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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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.

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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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