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Rivera blasts Florida Gators past FSU, 4-1

JACKSONVILLE — Mike Rivera entered Tuesday night’s game hitting just .234. The junior catcher had struggled at the plate all season but stepped up to the plate in the first inning with an opportunity to break the game open.

Rivera worked the count to 2-2 and got a changeup from Florida State starter Andrew Karp. Rivera waited back and hit the ball high to left field, carrying over the wall and into the waiting arms of a young fan to give Florida a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, leading the Gators’ path to a 4-1 win.

“I did watch it,” Rivera said with a laugh. “Usually if...

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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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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 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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Jacksonville downs Florida Gators with three-run ninth

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A two-run lead proved to not be enough as the No. 2 Florida Gators (3-1) dropped its first game of the season to Jacksonville University (3-1) on Tuesday night at John Sessions Stadium.

The Gators took a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning but senior Frank Rubio surrendered two hits to start the final frame. Rubio earned a strikeout before giving way to freshman lefty Andrew Baker. The duo are both vying to earn the role of closer for the Gators but Tuesday was a night they’ll want to move on from and learn from. Baker lost control of a fastball, allowing the two...

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Florida Gators take series over William & Mary

The No. 2 Florida Gators (2-0) had another comeback win on Saturday, but they didn’t make fans stress this one out, cruising to a 8-1 win to take the season opening series. Florida has won all 10 opening series during Kevin O’Sullivan’s tenure.

William & Mary (0-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, just as they did on Friday night.

Ryder Miconi led the frame off with a single up the middle and advanced to second when Charles Ameer wore a 94 MPH Brady Singer fastball on the forearm. Brandon Raquet’s fielder’s choice gave the Tribe runners on the corners and...

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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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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 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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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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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 baseball sends four to Team USA

For the second year in a row the Florida Gators baseball team will have four players representing the University of Florida on the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Sophomores Dalton Guthrie, Alex Faedo and Mike Rivera will join the team for the first time while JJ Schwarz will return to the team for the second summer in a row.

“I think it’s the highest honor a player can get,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We were very fortunate last year to have four guys and follow it up with four different players, actually this is JJ’s second trip. It’s awesome. It’s...

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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 baseball stays perfect in midweek games

The Florida Gators baseball team struggled at the plate in a split series last weekend at South Carolina. So much so that Kevin O’Sullivan held a meeting with his players and the position players took it one step further.

“We got a message from Sully and all the coaches,” sophomore outfielder Buddy Reed said. “Then we all took it upon ourselves to have meetings, sit down and talk about and watch film on what we’ve been doing and how we can change our approach.”

Message received.

The No. 1 Florida Gators (38-7, 14-6 SEC) improved its midweek record to a perfect 13-0 on...

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Gamecocks even series with Florida Gators

Buddy Reed stood just 90 feet away from another ninth inning comeback, but Friday’s ninth inning magic couldn’t be replicated on Saturday as the Florida Gators (37-7, 14-6 SEC) fell to the South Carolina Gamecocks (34-9, 15-5 SEC) 2-1.

Fans at Founder’s Park were treated to a pitching duel between projected first round pick A.J. Puk and Brandon Webb. South Carolina’s freshmen retired the first four batters he faces, while Puk worked around a leadoff double to keep South Carolina scoreless in the first frame.

Buddy Reed opened the scoring with a solo home run to right field, his...

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JJ Schwarz heats up as Florida Gators take series over Arkansas

Logan Shore tied a school record with his 12th consecutive win as the No. 2 Florida Gators (32-5, 10-4 SEC) beat the Arkansas Razorbacks (21-14, 4-10 SEC) to clinch the series on Friday with a 9-2 victory.

Florida jumped on Arkansas starter Keaton McKinney early. Dalton Guthrie led the game off with a double and scored on Buddy Reed’s single two batters later. McKinney regrouped and struck out two to end the inning and then stymied the Florida bats with a great changeup.

McKinney allowed just two more hits through four innings before the Gators exploded for five runs in the fifth. A...

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