Kevin O’Sullivan

Kevin O’Sullivan named Skip Bertman Award Winner

Florida Gators head baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan was named the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year on Wednesday. O’Sullivan was previously named the National Coach of the Year by D1baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball. This marks the second time O’Sullivan, who just completed his 10th season at Florida, has been named National Coach of the […]

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Florida Gators bring “Rally Cup” back home from College World Series

Traditions and superstitions in the game of baseball are some of the most unique in all of sports. From players avoiding stepping on the foul line, post-season hairstyles and colors, to rally caps, nearly every team relies on something to bring it good luck. But the Rally Cup? That’s a new one.

Winning a championship in any sport requires talent and good coaching, but it also takes a little bit of luck. For the Florida Gators, freshman pitcher Garrett Milchin’s used paper PowerAde cup became the source of good fortune in the College World Series Finals.

The unlikely story of this...

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A long, trying season ends with the Florida Gators on top

OMAHA, Neb. — The bus holding the Florida Gators is silent. It’s March 19 and nobody dares to utter a word as a chartered bus trucks through dark roads somewhere in Alabama.

The Gators had just been swept in the opening weekend of SEC play, outscored 22-9 by Auburn.

There’s doubt.

This team was following up teams that went to Omaha. Mike Rivera remembers his freshman year, wide-eyed in Omaha, looking around the clubhouse. Richie Martin, A.J. Puk, Logan Shore, Dane Dunning, Josh Tobias, Pete Alonso and Harrison Bader are all sitting there, favorites to win it...

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Gators enjoy giving Kevin O’Sullivan his first National Championship

OMAHA, Neb — Surrounded by his family Kevin O’Sullivan couldn’t help but smile.

O’Sullivan has gone through a lot on and off the field in the last year, making this moment, watching his players celebrate with their families, watching Brad Weitzel and Craig Bell, coaches that have been with him every step of the way take in the moment.

Winning the final game of the college baseball season is hard. O’Sullivan had never done it until Deacon Liput’s throw to JJ Schwarz beat Beau Jordan to first base.

“It's hard to describe in words. To be able to first have...

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The Florida Gators beat LSU to win first National Championship

OMAHA, Neb — For the first time in more than a century of playing baseball the Florida Gators won the final game of the college baseball season.

The Gators beat LSU 6-1 on Tuesday to sweep the College World Series Final. Florida had previously been 0-4 in two CWS Finals games (2005,2011). The championship is the first

The Gators received a Herculean effort from freshman Tyler Dyson, making just his second start of the season. Dyson threw a career-high 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Dyson’s previous high was five innings against Wake Forest but just two innings before that Super...

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Social media reacts to Florida Gators baseball National Championship

The Florida Gators baseball won its first national championship on Tuesday night after defeating the LSU Tigers in two straight games to clinch the series. Florida is now one of only four programs to win national championships in baseball, football and basketball.

Winning the baseball national title is something that Florida has been on the verge of doing since Kevin O’Sullivan arrived in Gainesville but it has escaped them year after year.

As you can imagine Gator fans were very excited on Tuesday night after the Gators clinched the title and that showed on social...

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Florida Gators vs. LSU: CWS Game 2 Photo Gallery

GatorCountry brings you a photo gallery from Omaha as the Florida Gators prepare to take on LSU in game two of the College World Series Finals.

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Florida Gators beat LSU to win first ever CWS Final game

OMAHA, Neb — Florida Gators pitcher Brady Singer walked off the mound with a small vile filled to the brim with dirt from the mound at TD Ameritrade Park and a game used baseball. He found his mother, Jacquelyn, and handed her both.

When you throw seven innings and strike out a College World Series Final record with 12 strikeouts on your way to earning a win, you can do those kinds of things.

Florida stuck to its formula of dominant pitching and timely hitting to come away with a 4-3 win over the LSU Tigers, Florida’s first CWS Final win in school history.

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Florida Gators in a SEC showdown for a National Championsip

OMAHA, Neb. — Paul Mainieri wasn’t afraid to admit he had a rooting interest in the late game on Saturday.

Mainieri’s LSU Tigers had just eliminated Oregon State from the College World Series 6-1 and back in the team hotel he tuned in to watch the Florida Gators take on TCU.

“Truth be told, I was rooting for Kevin and the Gators last night. I just think it's an awesome thing that these two SEC schools get to play for a national championship.”

This is LSU’s seventh trip to the CWS Championship. The previous six times the Tigers have played for a National...

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The CWS final is set the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching is not

OMAHA, Neb — The stage is set for the College World Series Championship but the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching rotations are far from it.

“I'm going to let Kevin pick our starter tomorrow,” LSU manager Paul Mainieri joked on Sunday.

LSU lost its second game of the tournament, and had to play its way out of the loser’s bracket. Florida’s pitching staff was set up perfectly before they stumbled against TCU on Friday, forcing the “if necessary” game on Saturday where they burned Alex Faedo.

The two teams will take different approached. Brady...

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Alex Faedo’s final chapter with the Florida Gators is his best

OMAHA, Neb — With a runner on base, a 2-0 count and the tying run in the on deck circle Kevin O’Sullivan made the walk from TD Ameritrade’s first base dugout to go get his starter out of the game.

Possibly for the final time.

Alex Faedo handed the ball to his coach and walked off the field in what could be his last start for the Florida Gators. In front of him Gator fans and TCU fans alike stood and clapped. Behind him laid countless hitters still wondering what they had just faced.

There isn’t another player on the team that knows Faedo as well as Mike...

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Florida Gators back in CWS Championship Series

OMAHA, Neb. — For the third time this NCAA Tournament the Florida Gators were forced into the “if necessary” game and for the third time they prevailed.

The formula on Saturday night against TCU is the same imperfect formula Florida has relied upon all season long — great starting pitching and timely hits.

Three runs was enough to send the Gators back to the College World Series Final for the third time in school history (2005, 2011, 2017), where they will meet a familiar foe in LSU.

Alex Faedo started getting ready for his Saturday start in the dugout on...

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Florida Gators shake up lineup before elimination game

OMAHA, Neb — In an attempt to wake up the bats Florida Gators manager Kevin O’Sullivan decided to shake up the starting lineup for Florida’s elimination game against TCU on Saturday night.

Ryan Larson will bat ninth tonight vs. TCU. He’s been the Gators’ leadoff hitter for the entire NCAA Tournament. Deacon Liput will now fill that leadoff role for Florida. He had been batting sixth in the lineup previously. Austin Langworthy and

O’Sullivan alluded to a change in the lineup after Florida’s 9-2 loss to TCU on Friday night.

“Probably need to look at the...

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Backs against the wall, Gators wouldn’t want anyone else on the mound

OMAHA, Neb. — One by one the Florida Gators walked up a long tunnel from the third base dugout past the batting cages and made a right towards their clubhouse. Other than metal spike clanging on concrete it was silent.

Nothing was said but heads weren’t hanging. This Florida team isn’t for the faint of heart. They’ve already played in an elimination game in a Regional and then again in the Super Regional. After a 9-2 loss on Friday night they’ll need to make it 3-0 in elimination games — after losing to the same team in the previous game — this NCAA Tournament...

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TCU hands Florida Gators 9-2 loss, forces elimination game Saturday

OMAHA, Neb — The 2017 Florida Gators haven’t made anything easy this season and that didn’t change in Omaha.

Facing elimination the TCU Horned Frogs pounded out nine runs on nine hits and four Frog pitchers combined on a five-hitter to force the “if necessary” game in bracket two.

For a while it looked like the game was being brought to you by the strikeout. Sophomore Jackson Kowar drew the start, his first College World Series appearance, and stuck out the first five batters he faced. Kowar was spotting his fastball on both sides of the plate and commanding...

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TCU hands Florida Gators 9-2 loss, forces elimination game Saturday

OMAHA, Neb — The 2017 Florida Gators haven’t made anything easy this season and that didn’t change in Omaha.

Facing elimination the TCU Horned Frogs pounded out nine runs on nine hits and four Frog pitchers combined on a five-hitter to force the “if necessary” game in bracket two.

For a while it looked like the game was being brought to you by the strikeout. Sophomore Jackson Kowar drew the start, his first College World Series appearance, and stuck out the first five batters he faced. Kowar was spotting his fastball on both sides of the plate and commanding...

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Hit a dinger, douse a coach: Florida Gators making baseball fun again

OMAHA, Neb. — Bethune-Cookman beat the Florida Gators 6-2 to force a game seven in the Gainesville Regional. It was the first time the Wildcats had beat Florida in 32 games.

Behind the scenes student manager Zach Cronin got an idea. With the Florida Gators facing elimination how could the training staff and graduate assistants take some pressure off the team. How could they make the season, heading into its 62nd game, fun again?

Before the final game against Bethune Cookman a new tradition was born. Hit a dinger, douse an assistant.

The idea was Cronin’s but it...

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Florida Gators CWS run hinging on Jackson Kowar

OMAHA, Neb. — Kevin O’Sullivan is the last of the Florida Gators still in TD Ameritrade. The players and the rest of his staff have retreated to the team bus that will take the Gators back to their hotel.

He's not in a rush. The bus isn't going to leave him at the stadium like he were Lane Kiffin.

For just the third time in 11 trips Florida is 2-0 in Omaha. O’Sullivan has gotten 14 innings from his starting pitchers including 20 strikeouts to just one earned run. He’s only had to use three pitchers out of the bullpen.

It’s a dream scenario but O’Sullivan,...

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Brady Singer dominates for Gators in win over Louisville

OMAHA, Neb — Austin Langworthy knew he hit it well but he’d never hit a home run to the opposite field in a park like TD Ameritrade so he put his head down and hustled to first. The ball kept carrying before it found the left field foul pole for a home run.

The Gators came into the College World Series with 50 home runs on the season but they added two more to power past Louisville 5-1 and advance to the bracket two championship game.

“That was a little different than running around the bases in Gainesville or anywhere else,” Langworthy said. “It’s a big...

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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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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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Florida Gators unapologetic about being in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb — You’ll have to excuse Kevin O’Sullivan if he doesn’t care what you think about his Florida Gators ballclub.

More than 300 teams started playing baseball back on fields with empty stands in the fall and there are only eight teams left playing baseball this week.

Shortly following the Gators Monday night win over Wake Forest to advance to O’Sullivan’s sixth College World Series, and third straight, questions began coming in questioning how Florida made it this far. How did a ragtag bunch of kids that don’t hit for power, don’t really hit for average and who...

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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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Kevin O’Sullivan’s philosophy changing at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb.  — In the underbelly of TD Ameritrade Park Kevin O’Sullivan sits between three other coaches, arms folded with a simile and a shiner under his left eye.

“My 4-year-old right in the back, Finn,” O’Sullivan smiled and pointed to his son in the back of the room, who was looking down at a screen, playing a game on his dad’s phone. “He's playing the game just like the players. How are you doing, buddy?”

O’Sullivan has been through the College World Series pomp, he knows what is expected of him, the media obligations, the competition level, the distractions and...

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College World Series Schedule, TV, Team snapshots

The Florida Gators punched their ticket to Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series for the 11th time in School history, the sixth time in the last eight years and the third season in a row.

The Gators are one of five National Seeds to make it to Omaha, joining (1) Oregon State, (4) LSU, (6) TCU and (7) Louisville.

Let’s take a look at the field that the Gators will face off against when they get to Omaha, the full schedule for the College World Series and the TV/Broadcast information.

SCHEDULE (all times Eastern Standard)

Saturday, June 17
Game 1: 3 PM -...

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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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Florida Gators second Super Regional game suspended until Monday

The Florida Gators and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will resume play of the Gainesville Super Regional on Monday at 1:04 p.m. due to an extensive rain delay during Game Two on Sunday. After nearly five innings of play, a storm that spread across the state of Florida halted the game.

The Gators were trailing the Deacons 5-4 at the time the delay began.

Florida, the away team for the day, took its biggest blow of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Starting pitcher Jackson Kowar was not bringing his best stuff on the mound, and the strong offense of Wake Forest took full advantage of...

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Florida Gators vs. Wake Forest preview: A battle for Omaha

This weekend’s Super Regional between the No. 3 Florida Gators and No. 13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons draws a great deal of interest to Gainesville, mostly because the two teams are polar opposites.

The best-of-three series will put the strengths of both clubs to the test. Gator Country is here to bring a closer look at the ins and outs of this win or go home matchup.

Schedule:

Saturday, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, 3 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Monday, TBA 1 p.m./4 p.m./7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

How they got here:

The Gators have been one of the best teams in...

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